Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Momentum
Source: Net Galley
Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them …
Lately things have been getting weird for pathology technician Kat Chanter. She’s been craving raw meat, and having dreams so realistic they’re scary. When she accepts a job offer from the prestigious Hema Castus Research Institute, she hopes she’ll have the chance to discover what’s wrong with her, but instead, her move to New York thrusts her headlong into a treacherous hidden world, where the wrong move could be fatal . . .
Tarot, witchcraft and astrology all take on a frightening resonance in “Dark Child”‘s richly imagined alternative reality where vampiric beings live among us, hidden by magic. Dark romance tangles with paranormal fantasy and page-turning suspense in this enthralling tale of ‘dark child’ Kat Chanter, half-human and half-vampire, who has woken an ancient prophecy and must face a formidable destiny.
For reasons not clear to even me, I quite enjoyed Dark Child. It is a typical paranormal tale of a young woman who discovers that she is not who she thought she was and who realizes that there is a whole world out there she has been blind to. Kat, with the very unoriginal name, decides to test her blood on a whim. She has not been feeling a hundred percent and since she works at a blood testing lab, she figures why not. Only, she is unprepared for the events this little decision of hers catalyzes. Soon her life is bizarre to her as she comes face to face with vampires and shapeshifters and finds herself in danger she hadn’t even dreamed existed. Add that to her gradually changing physical self, Kat finds herself out of depth and confused in a world that no longer makes sense.
The novel is comforting precisely because of its familiarity. It has familiar tropes and I enjoyed the writing. It is not problematic where romance is concerned though there is enough stupidity and miscommunication to last me a lifetime. The characters are all fun to read and honestly, it’s fluff and it’s well written fluff. The pacing is erratic at times and I suppose the fact the novel was originally episodic in form explains that.
I do want to read what happens next. There is a love triangle but it’s a strange one and I have no idea who I want to cheer for. Probably neither of them. I think Kat needs to do a lot more growing up before she thinks about settling down but the romance does provide some necessary tension to the narrative. If you like paranormal stories, without the heavy romance, this may be for you. I liked it.