Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Tour Review: Dark Promise ~ Epic Conclusion to the Soul Storm Series by Ann Gimpel

Some choices can never be undone.

Book Information:

Dark Promise
Soul Storm, Book 3
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press

108K words

Release Date: 1/29/15

Genre: Urban Fantasy

About Dark Promise:

Lara and Trevor flee Seattle in the wake of rising chaos. Like raptors drawn to road kill, demons converge on what’s left of civilization, urging it to implode even faster.

In this final book of the Soul Storm series, Lara and Trevor’s relationship undergoes stresses that threaten to annihilate them. Constantly hungry, besieged by dark forces, they need every resource they’ve developed as a couple to keep from ripping each other apart. With her mentors snared in a chokehold by Goblins, Lara has only her half-baked magic standing between survival and certain death for herself, her love, and their unborn child.

The remote location that was supposed to solve all their problems has done anything but. Though she works diligently, Lara’s crash course in magic proves woefully inadequate. Trevor’s determined to protect his family, but he’s developed a decidedly haunted edge from all the carnage.

When he’s captured by demons, Lara curses their decision to leave Seattle, risks everything to go after him, and falls headlong into a cunningly crafted trap.

My Review:

**The Review of Dark Promise may contain Book 1 & 2 Spoilers.

Dark Promise concludes the Soul Storm series in epic fashion.  The HEA (happily ever after) ending caused me to sob into my pillow at 1:30am EST....but don't let my outburst cause you not to read this excellent conclusion to Ann Gimpel's Soul Storm trilogy.  

Sometimes the choices we make would have been better left unmade.  

So many things happen in Dark Promise that cause Lara to wonder if they should have just taken their chances with the thugs in the city.  Moving to the secluded land when neither Lara nor Trevor know anything about surviving off of the land and all that encompasses should have been a huge red flag.  When the Goblins invade and Trevor is kidnapped by Gradoxst, it is only when Lara tries to rescue him that she realizes that Trevor was just a means to an end.

The story is a gritty and well-written pre-apocalyptic novel that masterfully weaves in urban fantasy, paranormal, and the fantasy realm that legends are born into.   The world that Ann created is so realistic that as I read it I found myself wondering if the non-paranormal elements of the story (the worldwide lack of fuel, food, sanity) could be right around the corner for us. The Soul Storm series is very creative and thought-provoking.

Lara and Trevor both attempt to acclimate to their new home and surroundings but everything is completely overwhelming.  The stresses of their new life and the evil that follow are almost too much to handle.  Like any couple, there are bound to be disagreements and arguments.  Lara and Trevor prove to be a very strong super-couple, weathering the storm that has become their everyday life.

Sometimes you have to make decisions that will affect everyone for the rest of their lives - how however long that may be.

Dark Pursuit will draw you in and keep you engaged from start to finish.  There is so much going on but it's laid out well and paced perfectly.  Between the end of the world theme, Lara's heritage, and Trevor's past there isn't a dull moment.  There are twists and turns around many bends and the suspense is high. Be ready to devote an entire day to this novel because you won't want to put it down until you're done.

I read Book 3 a week ago and the entire series still resonates within me.  I empathize with Lara - she had to give up her practice, her home, and everything she knew in hopes of staying safe and out of the wrong hands.  Trevor's love for Lara was so genuine and believable that I felt all of his emotions - worry, fear, anxiety, etc. when the strange occurrences ~ paranormal or not ~ came knocking on her door.  Brad, the police officer, had to deal with the kidnapping, possession, and untimely death of his daughter and I was distraught at the idea of losing a child.  And the ending, just wow.  All magic has a price but I wasn't expecting just how much it was going to cost (hence the sobbing comment at the beginning of the post).

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.


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Old blood and ancient power pit themselves against evil so dark, deep, and menacing it changes everyone who comes into contact with it. And not for the better.

Book Information:

Dark Pursuit
Soul Storm, Book 2
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press

Release Date: 12/30/14
Genre: Urban Fantasy

About Dark Pursuit:

Widespread rioting, plus shortages of fuel, food, and electricity lure demons across the veil to invade Earth. Drawn by anarchy, they’re out of control, drunk on their own power, and growing stronger by the day.

With her life crumbling around her, Dr. Lara McInnis is reluctantly roped into channeling her unpredictable psychic talents to help a detective who saved her from a psychopathic killer. Problem is, she’s still quite the neophyte in terms of either summoning her magic, or bending it to do much of anything. Her lack of skill strands her in the murky underbelly of a world inhabited by dark forces.

Trevor Denoble may not be psychic, but his old blood gives him gifts as well. After years of uncertainty, Lara is really and truly finally his. He’s determined to keep her by his side, but she refuses to cooperate. The detective’s daughter is trapped in darkness, and Lara insists on going after her—to a place barred to Trevor. Not to be denied, he latches onto his Celtic blood and uncovers latent power. No stranger to violence, more blood on his hands is a small price to pay to keep the woman he loves safe.

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When the dream world spills its murky contents, everyone’s worst nightmares run free.

Book Information:

Dark Prophecy
Soul Storm, Book 1
Ann Gimpel

Publisher: Dream Shadow Press

Release Date: 12/11/14

Genre: Urban Fantasy

About Dark Prophecy:

Dr. Lara McInnis reads auras and flirts with an elusive ability to foretell the future. Ambivalent about the magic within her, she’s done a fine job ignoring other aspects of her power—until now. After several patients—and a student or two—describe the same cataclysmic dream, she uncovers ancient evil intent on draining her power. Lara knows next to nothing about her psychic side, but it will destroy her if she can’t come to terms with it.

Trevor Denoble has secrets, but he shields them well with a stunning body and a boatload of British charm. The airline he works for folds because there’s no fuel for the planes, and Lara’s changing into someone he barely recognizes. Though he doesn’t know it yet, the rest of his carefully crafted life is about to come crashing down too.

Living in a world teetering on the edge of anarchy, Trevor and Lara are faced with a series of painful decisions. Is the love between them enough for Trevor to swallow his distrust of Lara’s burgeoning paranormal ability? Will their personal demons tear them apart in a world gone mad, as shortages of everything from electricity to food escalate?

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About the Author:

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She’s published over 20 books to date, with several more contracted for 2014 and beyond.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

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Ann Gimpel said...

Thank you so much, Saph, for reading and reviewing this series. I'm so glad it touched you. The end of Dark Promise always makes me cry. I was soooo tempted to back off and make it something else, but in the end I kept it the way it came to me first.

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome, Ann! I love books that stay with me long after I've finished them. If they pull emotional expression out of me then they are top-notch!!

A different ending wouldn't have made me cry but what a selfish reason of me. I'm actually glad you left it alone and it is what it is.