I said it last year, and I’ll say it again this year: Kelley Armstrong’s The Calling should be a TV series. Almost like a mix between The Vampire Diaries and The X-Files, Armstrong’s Darkness Rising series continues just as strongly as it started off with last year’s The Gathering. This time, however, the stakes are even higher — and so is the body count!
Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.
Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.
In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.
Everything I loved about The Gathering is back and then some in The Calling: fantastic characters, edge-of-your-seat tension, plenty of action, an unraveling mystery, and high-stakes odds. Armstrong takes everything to new heights in The Calling, and never once does this book suffer from “middle book syndrome.”
The mysteries set up in The Gathering are revisited here — and even as Maya and her friends start to unravel the truth, more questions arise about who is behind the forest fire and their kidnapping, who’s really after them now, and who they can possibly trust. As the book nears its inevitable climax, even more questions arise — setting the stage for what will surely be an epic final book to this heart-pounding trilogy.
If you haven’t discovered this series yet, now is the time to do so — and if you’ve already fallen in love with The Gathering, prepare to be even more dazzled by The Calling.
The Calling is in stores April 10th.