Cat O’Connell has been hired to steal a diary from the Earl of Kilronan. She has no idea why the diary is sought after, she is just looking for a payday. Cat was once an esteemed member of high society but has fallen from grace. The Earl, though, catches Cat in the act and is shocked to see that she understands the Fey language in which it was written. Unable to decipher the text himself, Aidan employs Cat as translator. He believes the diary holds clues to the disappearance of his brother and murder of his father. This simple business agreement proves to be distracting for Aidan when he becomes enamored with the beautiful and mysterious Cat.
Alix Rickloff has created a dark and enchanting world where magic was once revered and the norm but has since become feared and hidden, forcing those with magical abilities to keep those powers secret at all cost. I really liked the way the plot had so many layers. There is dark magic and possession, undead assassins, and the mysterious diary written in Fey language. Some scenes were actually pretty frightening, and I do not scare easily. However, there are also beautiful, sensual, and romantic moments and a few humorous moments as well.
Cat and Aidan’s characters continue to develop throughout the pages, each dealing with tragic events and betrayals. We see them begin to trust in each other, embrace their gifts and gain strength from each other. The secondary players are just as dynamic and entertaining as the primary characters. Be sure to look for Lazarus who is particularly disturbing but strangely sympathetic.
Earl of Darkness is an exciting and spellbinding book that ends much too soon. Many questions are left unanswered which just serves to build the anticipation for the next book in the series, and I will be first in line to buy it.
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439170363
- ISBN-13: 978-1439170366