author: Angela Carlie
series: Lord of Shifters #3
published: 16 November 2012
publisher: Gray Days Publishing
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Amethea thought she was the last of her kind, a creature from mythical stories, from light, peace, and magic. But, Amethea isn't a myth, and she doesn't hold any peace in her heart. She watched as her family was murdered for the magic of their horns. She'd give anything to avenge their deaths. She just hasn't figured out how yet.
When she meets another, Cerus, everything changes. Together, they harness more power than Amethea ever dreamed. But is it enough to take down the Lords of Shifters?
We all have demons hidden deep in the crevices of history. Johnnie's have busted out, exposed for all to see. But he doesn't care that everyone knows. Just Jess. She's got a front row seat to the Johnnie's demon show, and Johnnie's about to find out that he hasn't met all of them yet.
Dark Horse is the 3rd installment of Angela Carlie’s Lord of Shifters series, following Loramendi’s Story and Spider Wars. The first was focused on Lora, the second on Jess… the two girls best friends. This book turned everything upside down and it is what I loved the most! It is clear from the first two books that an epic battle is impending between two very clear sides. The first two books told their stories from the same side of the coming battle. Now those that we saw as the “bad” guys are telling their stories and those characters we fell in love with are now no longer the “good guys” but the “bad guys”. I really like that change because it enriches the entire story and raises the anticipation level. I began reading this book very pro-Lora and pro-Jess, assuming that these other characters, being against Lora and Jess, would be the bad guys. The first we meet in depth is Amethea, a unicorn. Unicorns are symbols of innocence, love, and happiness and yet she was on the side I assumed would be bad. It totally threw me and I loved it, keeping me eagerly turning the pages.
Within just a few chapters, my heart was breaking for Johnnie, whom I loved throughout most of the other books. Amethea was lonely and sweet and I just wanted to hug her. This is one of the things that make Angela’s books touch me, her way with characters. Major or minor, good or bad, love them or hate them, she makes them real and she makes her readers feel. There were a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this book, turning everything inside out and upside down.
I wait not so patiently for the next book, Blood Pyre, coming later this year!