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Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Review: The Lion's Den (Knights of the Darkness Chronicles #5) by D.N. Simmons

Author: D. N. Simmons
Series: Knights of the Darkness Chronicles
Number in Series: 5
Format: PDF
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Pages: 362
Publisher: Rushmore Publishing
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/GLBT/Erotic Romance

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Darian, Elise and Xander have been through very rough times in the past, but nothing has prepared them for the menace that is causing all kinds of havoc in their territory this time around. Chicago is at the mercy, or lack thereof, of a ruthless gang of supernaturals who seem to take extreme pleasure in other people's pain. In this game of cat and mouse, there's no way to tell who's the predator and who's the prey.

      The Lion's Den is the fifth book in Simmons Knight of the Darkness Chronicles series. I am so in love with this series and I am glad to say, this might be my favorite in the series so far. Simmons pulled no punches. This time around we follow Natasha and her expanding family. Natasha, Darian, and Xavier now have a baby and have a second one on the way. Things are going well in the city of Chicago until a shifter is found dead. He wasn't just killed, he was brutally skinned, raped, and dropped from 10000 feet in the air. The murders don't stopped there though. The victims are piling up faster than Warren and Matthew can solve it. And worse are that the victims are getting younger. These killers have no conscious. They are impossible to find. But Warren and Matthew and the gang are not going to give up even if the killers are seemingly invincible.

     I loved this book a lot. It was super dark and gritty. I loved all the action Simmons packed in this book. It was an amazing read although a little tough to read in parts due to some of the viciousness. So please take that into consideration. This is not for the fainthearted. I loved that we got more of Warren and Matthew in this book. We had to be given more of them considering what they were up against. There is a new coven in town lead by a vampire named Marcus. He is strong, very strong. So much so that Darian is not sure he can beat him and his coven. This coven doesn't care who they kill or destroy. They have killed, skinned, and raped men, women, and children. It is getting to be too much for Warren and Matthew and the whole team of S.U.I.T. They are forced to join teams and bring in extra officers to help take down this new coven. These new officers bring a lot to the table and I can't wait to see what is to come of them. The coven feeds off of destruction and they have something very big planned that will ruin more lives than they already have.

     I loved seeing the gang together again in this book. They team up an outside pride, a small group of lion shifters lead by a man named Adan who happens to have a lot of history with this evil coven. This evil coven is not use to seeing packs, prides, and vampires working together, but it makes no difference to them. Man, you are not going to believe how big this gets. I stayed up until about 5AM reading this book. I was hooked on every word. I had to know what was going to happen next. I had to know how the hell could they take down a group that is untraceable and very, very, very hard to kill. The anticipation was killing me. It was scary watching Darian doubt himself in this book. If he is at a loss, then they are definitely screwed. Darian is very arrogant and he is every right to be. But I loved that we saw other sides to him in this book especially near the end after a pep talk from a special someone (won't tell you). 

     As I said earlier, this is definitely my favorite out of the series so far. Simmons is incredible with a pen and paper (or keys and screen, whichever works for her). This book will scare you and probably give you some nightmares, but it is worth it. The Lion's Den will be one intense read you won't soon forget. I am dying for the next book which is sadly the last book in the series, but I know Simmons has something big up her sleeve if that cliffhanger was any indication. Oh, why must you torture us this way?! Read this book with caution if you are squeamish. Seriously, I am talking about more than loads of blood here people, but still highly recommended!

Check out my Interview with D. N. Simmons HERE and a guest post from Simmons HERE
  My reviews of the previous books here:

About D. N. Simmons
D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, shooting pool, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.
To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at . D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.
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