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Genre(s): historical romance, interracial romance, fantasy, horror
Life for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807.
On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.
Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanised by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity
At the beginning this story was shaping to be a very unique story. It had me hooked from the first page because it has such a distinct voice. It is very much what I wanted and at the same time did not know I wanted from a book. The great parts of the book are:
- The interracial romance starting off
- fantasy story set during slavery
- Mother daughter relationship
- Fantasy and horror aspects
- The dark presence in the church
- Her moms massive witchcraft powers
- It dealt with the scars left on Luna because she is a female slave
One of my major problems with this story is that it builds up a really good story at the beginning of the novel just to derail it for the romance. The romance was not necessarily insta-love but I found myself not feeling it because it derailed the entire story and was not developed enough. I wanted the romance to be built up more. Even though, I had 75 pages left in this book I took a break because all the great things brought up in the first half weren’t getting their justice. It sucks that Dark Genesis started off so well just to fail like so many other paranormal/fantasy books. I don’t know why the supernatural elements seem to take a backseat so much in books that are supposed to be fantasy/paranormal. This is the conundrum that hunts me each time I pick up one of these books. It is why I barely ever read in these genres.
It ended on a to be continued which bothered me because:
A. This story could have been one book.
It just does not feel like it needs a trilogy considering how it handled most of this book.
B. The elements that make you care for a sequel were not handled well. I don’t care about the descendent who had second sight because the book spent 90% of it not including her. She was in the first two chapters of the book then was not mentioned until the last chapter or two.