The Calling : Darkness Rising

  • by Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
  • Series: Darkness Rising
  • 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is - a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.
Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.
In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.


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Golly, What now?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would have to say it was hard to finish this book because I got bored shortly after starting and it never got a lot better. It would be a great young adult or teen book, but it was too slow amd didn't develope fullly for me.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

When the end came was the most interestomg and the least interesting was when it started with the kids already on the run.

What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator did an adaquate job considering the material she had to work with.

Did The Calling inspire you to do anything?

Stay away from this author.

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- Gary "Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven."

Seems to be Setting up for a Great Finale

A week after finishing this book, I have to say, I still don't know what to make of it. This book was a marked departure from the first book. Where the first book felt like a normal teen story, complete with protective parents and high school relationship drama, The Calling is more of a survival story then anything else. I thought this book could have been a bit shorter - there was not as much intrigue or character development as the first installment, and was mostly a blow-by-blow action story.

With the main romantic character missing for most of the novel, I did not feel the same anticipation or thrill at watching Maya's relationships play out. For the most part, the way she interacted with the people around her (Daniel, Cory and Sam), did not change much. The small realizations that she did have were not major when it came to her character development as a whole. And by the end of the book, I felt like she was still the exact same person that she was at the beginning of the book - just a little more informed about the St. Clouds and Nasts. But, alas, as I have read Armstrong's other books, the information that was revealed about these organizations held little intrigue for me, as I was already familiar with them.

Overall, I did not think that this book was as strong as The Gathering, or the first trilogy of Dark Powers books. However, the end of this novel leaves me highly anticipating the third book, which I feel will be a lot stronger then this current novel. If you are a fan of the Dark Powers books, I would still recommend reading this one, despite the shortcomings, as I feel this novel is just a stepping stone towards what should be a great book!
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- Etana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio