Dark City is the second installment in the Tales from the Shadow City trilogy by Anna Mocikat and another 5-star novel for me. You might want to read my review of Shadow City first if you’re not familiar with this story.

Dark City CoverTitle: Dark City (Tales of the Shadow City #2)

Author: Anna Mocikat

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Dystopian Fiction

Publication date: Sept 17th, 2020

Rating: 5

 

From The Back Cover

With the help of his human and non-human allies, Colton has accomplished the impossible; he killed the Overlord of the Dark Ones, crippling their offensive – for now. The battle is won, but the war has just begun.

Three weeks later, the nightmarish creatures from another dimension are back. And they’re stronger and more vicious than ever.

If that isn’t bad enough, Colton is suffering from a mysterious, life-threatening illness.

To save him, his friends bring him to the enigmatic Academy- a conglomerate of cyber-enhanced scientists. Here, the shocking truth about Colton’s identity is finally revealed.

Meanwhile, Vincent, a powerful entity disguised as a human soldier, falls for Eurydice, an ice-cold enforcer for the Dark Ones. He must choose which side he’s on. A momentous decision that could destroy the world as we know it…

Fast-paced, action-driven, and cinematic, Dark City takes place in the heart of the eternal war between good and evil, told in a way you’ve never heard before.

My review of Dark City

The Story

It picks up three weeks after the end of Shadow City. Just like its predecessor, Dark City is a fast-paced novel with multiple POVs intertwined. After defeating the Overlord of the Dark ones everyone in the Zone sees Colton as a hero while the nightmarish creatures regroup to attack.

Colton starts having blackouts, sometimes even during missions, which puts his life and his team at risk. Despite claiming he’s okay, he agrees to go with Bombshell to the Academy for an extensive check-up. After a novel and a half of wondering what Colton is and why he has no memory of his past, we finally find out and I seriously doubt that you can guess the truth. This is a spoiler-free review, so I’m not going to tell you, but it will blow your mind.

The truth about his origin comes with sad news and I’m looking forward to seeing how the author will deal with his situation in the next novel.

The other mystery is Vincent. We learn more (but not everything) about him and his orders too. He is intrigued by the feelings Eurydice stirs in him because it’s all new to him. In the end, he has a difficult decision to make.

We get to read some more cinematic style fights, narrated blow by blow with great effects. Eurydice is as badass as she was in Shadow City.

 

The characters

There are several plot-twists character-wise. The first of them is Louis. We already knew from Shadow City that he was sick with radiation poisoning and most likely dying. His character arc is spectacular as he goes from the sweet little boy who would do anything for his sister, to the vengeful teen (because his sister Jean has taken an interest in Colton and gives him more attention than she gives her brother) who wants Colton dead. You’ll never guess who sways his loyalty? Without giving too much away, let’s say that Eurydice has a hand in it.

“From afar, they looked like two normal teenagers hanging out on a roof. But in truth, they were two dark souls understanding each other without words. A deadly killer everyone feared, and her apprentice, who they would fear even more someday.”

We get to see Eurydice quite often through Louis’s eyes and she’s more fascinating than ever.

“What happened next, Louis could only describe as some sort of dance, the art of killing shown to perfection.
Louis watched how Eurydice continued her dance of death and destruction, which had an alluring, morbid beauty.”

Eurydice isn’t all bad and we learned that in the previous book when she saved Vincent and not only him. Louis knows this. Vincent is fascinated with her and with his feelings for her which go way beyond lust. They share a memorable night together which makes Eric suspect he has an affair with a vampire (because he picks up vampire scent).

The Ending

Dark City ends with a bang! The people from the Zone go on a witch hunt with unexpected results and Vincent does something amazing and leaving everyone in shock. I’m sure there will be consequences for his actions and I can’t wait to see what’s in stock for him in the next book.

About the Author

Anna MocikatAnna Mocikat was born in Warsaw, Poland, but spent most of her life in Germany where she attended film school, worked as a screenwriter and a game writer for several years.
Her “MUC” novels have been nominated for the most prestigious awards for Fantasy and Science-Fiction in Germany.
In 2016 Anna moved to the USA where she continued her writing career.
“Shadow City” was her debut in English in 2019. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and is a proud dog-mom of three rescues who assist her when she’s writing.

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