Published: 31 October 2017
Series: The Dark Fae FBI Series #3
Warnings: Language, violence
Source: Kindle Unlimited
There’s a dark power growing within me. And I’m not sure I can control it.
The fae king wants me dead. His assassins tracked me down and nearly killed me— now they’re the ones lying lifeless in a pool of blood. But the price I’ve paid is too high. They hurt someone I love, and I burn for revenge.
I’m done watching from the sidelines. Following the seductive fae Roan, I join the rebels but find myself surrounded by suspicion at every turn. But with the strange new magic in my blood, no one trusts me anymore.
It’s the magic of fear, of terror, of nightmares. The king’s minions have given me another name: Mistress of Dread. My power is unstable and deadly, and to get my vengeance, I must learn to control it. Yet with fury boiling in my blood and desire for Roan kindling my heart, it seems like an impossible task.
FBI Agent, Pixie, Terror Leech, Mistress of Dread. Will I become a King Killer as well?
I’m a real wuss when it comes to horror movies or anything too violent, as I know without a doubt that I’ll be revisiting the story in my dreams that night. And it’s a very rare book that can give me such vivid mental imagery that I need to take this trait into account. However, Agent of Darkness has the unexpected honour of being one of the few books that managed to give me a bad dream! And I actually love that about it (not the bad dream – I stopped reading this book just before bed) but I love how clear and strong the descriptions are in this book. It obviously appealed pretty clearly to my imagination, too!
Another thing I love about the Dark Fae FBI series (this is #3) is that the mood in each book is a little different. For this installment, it has been dark and angry and sad. I felt the emotions in this installment a lot more strongly than in the other books, too.
For anyone who hasn’t read the first two books in the series, you might want to stop reading this review after this paragraph. I suggest that the first two books – Agent of Enchantment and Agent of Chaos – are awesome enough that it’s worth stopping right here and going back to start and from the beginning of the series. But be warned – if you choose to read on past this point, you might find a spoiler or two for those earlier books.
The mood of Agent of Darkness starts out heavier, more angsty, like Cassandra is feeling a little sorry for herself. Nothing is going quite how she planned it and the important people around her are causing her to feel incomfortable emotions. We see both Gabriel and Roan are now not as open to her or willing to assist, as a result of her actions in the last book. They doubt her more, and this is weighing heavily on her.
As the book progresses, her mood gets darker and her emotions lead her along more. Cassandra struggles more with demons during this installment and to me, it made her even more relatable. Things aren’t going the way she would hope and she is questioning just about every part of her life. Her childhood had already been proven earlier to not be what she believed it to be, with key events having been exposed as lies and misconceptions. But now she is finding that there is even more about herself that she doesn’t know or understand. And as she does learn more, it comes with heavy weight and an emotional toll.
Agent of Darkness sees her really starts to draw closer to one of the men in her life. Up until now we have seen her leaning towards him (I’m not saying whether it’s Gabriel or Roan – you will have to read it to find out), but this is the book where things really start to heat up. But at the same time, Cassandra is also forced to face a heavy loss and the resulting grief will drive her into a tailspin for a while.
I’m loving everything about this series. So often, when a series covers several books, there are peaks and troughs along the way, where the story will have fantastic moments and then have a dull patch. But that’s definitely not the case here – I’ve loved all three books that I’ve read so far. And as I mentioned earlier, I’m loving that each book is a little bit different in mood. They all have a slightly different feel, like different personalities. No doubt you’ll be hearing soon from me about the next installment in the series, Agent of the Fae!
C. N. Crawford is not one person but two. We write our novels collaboratively, passing our laptops back and forth to edit each other’s words.
Christine (C) has a lifelong interest in New England folklore – with a particular fondness for creepy old cemeteries. Nick (N) spent his childhood reading fantasy and science fiction which may partly explain why he is also a scientist.
Alex Rivers is the co-author of the Dark Fae FBI Series. In the past, he’s been a journalist, a game developer, and the CEO of the company Loadingames. He is married to a woman who diligently forces him to live his dream, and is the father of an angel, a pixie, and a gremlin. He has two voracious hounds that wag their tail quite menacingly at anyone who comes near his home.
Alex has been imagining himself fighting demons and vampires since forever. Writing about it is even better, because he doesn’t get bitten, or tormented in hell, or even just muddy. In fact, he does it in his slippers.
Alex also writes crime thrillers under the pen name Mike Omer.