Keri Arthur is the contributor for this week’s Take Five, a regular series where we ask authors and editors to share five facts about their latest books. Arthur is the author of Darkness Unbound, the most recent volume in the Dark Angels series. Look for it on September 27. It’s available for pre-order now.
Being half werewolf and half Aedh, Risa Jones can enter the twilight realms between life and death and see the reapers, supernatural beings that collect the souls of the dead. But she soon makes a terrifying discovery: Some sinister force is stealing souls, preventing the dead from ever knowing the afterlife.
Reapers escort souls—not snatch them—but Risa is still unnerved when a reaper shadows her in search of someone Risa has never met: her own father, an Aedh priest, who is rumored to be tampering with the gates of hell for a dark purpose. With the help of her “aunt”—half-werewolf, half-vampire Riley Jenson—and an Aedh named Lucian who may have lost his wings but none of his sex appeal, Risa must pursue whatever shadowy practitioner of blood magic is seizing souls, and somehow stop her father . . . before all hell breaks loose.
1. The Dark Angels series is set in the same world as the Riley Jenson, Guardian series, only 25 years into the future. We see the same assortment of non-humans—vampires, werewolves, and shifters—as well as new non-humans such as reapers and Aedh.
2. Reapers and Aedh are energy beings who can obtain human form if they wish. Aedh are winged when they clothe themselves in flesh, but they usually only do so when it is time to procreate—but it is on this form on which angel myths are based. However, it is the reapers who are tasked with guiding the souls of the dead to the gates of heaven or hell.
3. Risa rides a motorcycle, something I’m too afraid to do.
4. The first line of Darkness Unbound came to me when I was driving across a mountain in very thick fog. Passing cars eddied the fog, and it really did look like there were insubstantial creatures moving through it.
5. My days tend to be very regimented. I walk the dogs then go to the gym in the morning, and I write in the afternoon. Evenings are spent plopped in front of the TV watching my favorite shows. I basically stick to this routines 6 days a week.