It is the first day of the Blog Tour for Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes. I received a copy of the book to read and review on behalf of the author, organised by @The_WriteReads onTour Team. All opinions are my own unbiased honest thoughts.
As it is the first day of the Blog Tour, I thought I would give my first impressions while I finish the remainder of the book and gather my thoughts for a full review. I also want to say a huge thank you for the package I received which contained a physical copy of the book, a little thank you card, book mark and what I believe may be a maple lollipop. As it only arrived today, photos will follow shortly!
Blindsided by an attack that destroys her home and blamed for murder, Karolina Dalca, a half-vampire, escapes, only to plunge into the magical societies from which she was sheltered.
Betrayed by those around her, she abandons her dreams of being an investigator and flees, trusting only herself. Her police internship would never prove more useful. Hoofing it through the wilderness, she makes it to her university dorm, dishevelled but delightfully deflowered.
Enter a full vampire: one wielding dark magic and a ride out of Canada. A fugitive from the law, Karo complies with his demands to escape, unsure whether his requests are bewitched. She vows to clear her name and avenger her mother’s death, but Karo’s family secrets aren’t so easily left behind.Karoline Dalca, Dark Eyes – Official Blurb
As our story opens, Karolina, aka Karo, is living in northern Ontario, undertaking a police internship in her hometown as part of her University studies. We’re quickly introduced to Karo’s abilities – albeit somewhat limited, which manifest as fire magic, which she inherited (alongside her vampire genes) from a father she has never met, and who she knows practically nothing about. Her mother and maternal grandparents instead choosing to shield her from the dark vampire underworld and raising her to understand the earth magic they possess as Charmed people.
The author sets up a mystery early on with Karo not knowing how to fully possess and control her powers, which as a reader you hope and anticipate she will find over the course of the novel. Early on the events of the novel are set into motion when unknown assailants attack when Karo is visiting her a mother. Someone whom she has a close bond with, even despite their disagreements on how much Karo should or shouldn’t know about her paternal side. A devastating fire is enough to begin the story with Karo having to flee.
I found it interesting that the author has managed to find a balance of mystery in regards to Karo, our protagonist, and who she is. Typically vampire stories tend to focus on establish vampires or those who have recently changed/discovered what they are. It may be my limited experience with vampire stories, but I am not sure I have ever read a story where the character knew what they were and some of what that meant, but not the full extent of their abilities. It is the self-discovery narrative I typically enjoy in both YA and Adult books, but taken in a slightly different deviation.
There are a number of side characters I have also been intrigued by so far. Roman, a childhood friend turned potential love interest grabbed my curiosity early on, but doesn’t feature for long at the start of the book. Then there is Andre, (a character I won’t give too many details on), but who makes a suspiciously timed appearance.
So far the novel has done a good job of hooking me onto several mysteries that will keep me reading as I want to find out the answers. And like any urban fantasy/paranormal story, I want to know more about who or what goes bump in the night. I would recommend this for readers who enjoy paranormal mysteries or paranormal crime books. Whilst I can’t comment on the payoff yet, it has definitely been building up nicely.
About the Author
M. R. Noble has played a tug of war between science and art her whole life, but the rope broke when she wrote the first line of The Dark Eyes Series. Immersed up to her keyboard in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she enjoys blending the real with the surreal. The only drawback is she misplaces her mug while dreaming up her next scene, and soon finds herself six cups overpoured.
Keeping to her Lake Simcoe roots, she is a member of the Writers Community of York Region (WCYR), where her muse is made not found . . . over a hefty cup of coffee.
If you’re interested in picking up Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes, you can find it on Amazon.
TLDR? Interesting start to this paranormal mystery, where the mysteries keep coming.