Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich is a sequel to Night’s Knights but it can be read as a stand alone novel. The foundation was given in the first book but this one takes the story to the next level. It describes the mythical realms that the characters now live in but also focuses on what’s happening on earth and introduces a new cast of characters. Among them are Ridge who is hunted by the Drog and working for the devil and Zack who doesn’t really know his place in the world and unknowingly follows Ridge into .Hell. The story starts off with a bang beginning in Hell as Ridge gets his orders from The devil. I loved how the settings in the story are described and the opening of the book had me hooked.
There are several good characters here but my favorite in this book is Reidar, a vampire who has taken it upon himself to chronicle what happens among all the vampires and the different realms of Heaven. I loved how he describes his feelings for Severina the Goddess of dusk and what he does to deal with his unrequited love. He has the best scenes in the story such as when he enters a man’s dream in order to remove the man’s mental anguish. He quickly learns that some things can’t be helped.
I also loved The Drog in this story. They’re a street gang of vigilantes that believes they work for the chosen one. In one good scene members of The Drog confronts people working for the National Organization of Supernatural Specialists. They state that by studying evil that the Noss themselves are evil which leads into a great battle scene. I loved how the characters are so complex and even the ones that you look at as good have a dark side.
Dusk’s Warriors is A world of horror with realistic characters in a fast paced thriller you won’t be able to put down. That’s not all though because this book can also be considered a dark fantasy, it also has a couple of good love stories, some erotica(Ever want to read a book where a woman grows a penis? you got to check this one out) and a vividly described battle between heaven and hell. Don’t go into this book thinking it’s just a vampire book because it’s more complex than that. Emerian Rich has created a universe where horror and fantasy mix together and everyone in it is a shade of grey. This book is a must read.