"The Darkest Day"
By: Britt Bury
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.My Thoughts: I picked up “The Darkest Day” after reading reviews comparing Britt Bury to Kresley Cole. Without a doubt, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is one of my absolute favorites of all time, so I simply had to pick it up. I was surprised this was a first novel and really enjoyed entering a new paranormal world filled with wildly entertaining characters.
A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell "and" human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .
We initially encounter Izel, our heroine, as she’s making her way to her Grandfather’s home in Scotland. She believes she is an immortal Fionn (kind of a wizard type fantastical person) and knows she has descended from a long line of Fionn warriors. As she is entering her grandfather’s home, she is captured by Kelvin, also immortal but with a grudge against her entire family. Kelvin has swore to kill Izel and her entire family, but he stops when he realizes that instead of immortal, Izel is really a human. (Plot point- She doesn't realize she's really human, there has been a cloaking spell. Sorry, just had to point that out)
During the time period of the novel, all humans have long since died out. As Kelvin pauses in considering why this small human woman is entering the home of a powerful Fionn, he realizes he has a connection and declares her to be his mate. Instead of killing the last Campbell as he originally set out to do, Kelvin decides to take her to his brother. The two set off on a trek through the wilds of Scotland, and of course, fall in love with one another.
I enjoyed the characters in this book much more than the actual plot. Izel was such a spit fire, I simply loved her. Sure she was much weaker than those around her, but she never lost her spirit and she definitely didn’t back down, under any circumstance. Kelvin was used to being the biggest, baddest, meanest guy on the block and when he faced Izel, he realized maybe that wasn’t all there was to life. Being physically weak isn’t necessarily bad when you have a strong spirit and a smart mind.
While I enjoyed this novel, there wasn’t anything too original about it. As many reviewers have said, the book followed a fairly standard paranormal plot - supernatural creatures get together, have adventure, find love with one another, crazy misunderstanding, action sequence, with a strong I love you finale. I did enjoy it though and am interested to see what becomes of the rest of the series. There were some great secondary characters that you just know are going to be perfect for their own books. Check this one out if you’re ready for a new paranormal series similar to Kresley Cole or Larissa Ione.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date of Publication: July 3, 2012
# of Pages: 300