Review: The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong

March 22, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 4 ★★★★

Pabkin’s One Liner: And we were trekking through the woods one day…


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.

True to form Kelley Armstrong had a slow start with The Gathering but things were definitely moving right along in The Calling. The pace was great such that I didn’t want to put it down and was able to get through it in about a day.

We start with a tense and dramatic scene in the helicopter picking up right where The Gathering left off. I was so shocked how this scene turned out. It was a heart wrencher but I don’t want to do a spoiler. I must say once they are back on land Maya has a lot to think about. And when there is a repeat of the “almost drowning” incident from the year before it has Maya very suspicious concerning her friends.

I had a few moments of severe aggravation with Maya where I wanted to facepalm her because she keeps making excuses to herself as to why she is keeping information from Daniel. It started to get really old and annoying. I was also I we didn’t see as much of her snarky personality I’d come to love in The Gathering. But I guess that’s understandable since they are on the run the entire book.

Maya is in her element surrounded by the woods she loves, but the rest of the teens are at a disadvantage. It’s great to see them stick together and some of the self sacrificing acts that are pulled are very touching. Even though they spend most of the time in the woods I wasn’t bored at all, but I did wonder when they were finally going to get out of them.

I was in for a surprise near the end, and my suspicions about the possible love triangle were spot on I think. Though thankfully I think this one is being really well done. Now I have got to get my hands on the final book in the trilogy!

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4 Responses to “Review: The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong”

  1. DannyBookworm

    I really love this series… there is something about them that gets me hooked. I must say that I do not like the Triangle quite as much… ;((

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Well I’m never one for love triangles usually. I don’t think this one is as much of a love triangle though. Now Darkest Powers definitely had a love triangle. I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends up in the last book.

  2. JennRenee

    I really do enjoy this series. Can’t wait for the next installment. I do think that the books start a little slow but when they pick up, they really pick up. Maya made me a bit angry in this book to but i guess where would the tension be without it. Great review.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes exactly! She was quite annoying a few times. But I agree it was probably needed for the tension. I really enjoyed this one, can’t wait for the last one also!