Eve of Darkness (Marked #1) by S.J. Day
S.J. Day is a new author for me. In the sea of urban fantasy, I thought that this book had a pretty original spin: Evangeline Hollis has been Marked as one of God’s warriors and is caught in a romantic triangle with Cain and Abel (yes, the biblical brothers). Eve of Darkness, the first book in the series, tells her origin story – how she came to bear the mark of Cain and how this changed her life.
I was intrigued by this book for a couple reasons: first, it’s been blurbed by a couple of authors I like – Patricia Briggs and Jeri Smith-Ready – and second, the protagonist is Asian, which appeals to me since we don’t often see Asian protagonists in urban fantasy and I’m part Asian myself.
Eve of Darkness is a good book. Not the best thing I’ve ever read but the story has a good pace, the characters are interesting if somewhat predicatable, and I really like the biblical spin on things. That was really novel. I’m not entirely sure that I’ll rush out to pick up the second book in the series but it’s definitely something I’ll keep in mind for later.