The major problem I had with this book was that for the most part, Mary and Michael were on the run. Nothing happened when they were running. Because as they were running, the evil and malevolent villain chased them. So, for a major portion of the book, all the characters were moving from one place to another. BLAH!! What a bore!!
The other irritant was that there were SO many POVs!! I’m ok with two POVs, the principle characters, but no, here the author had to go even further, so not only did she include the villain and the other survivor from the ‘good guys’ team but also evil spirits. Did we need those POVs? No. More importantly, did I care? Absolutely not! It was very frustrating because these shifting POVs broke the flow of the narrative.
Mary and Michael were ok, I guess. Michael could be really sweet at times and that was nice to see because, in the beginning, at least, it seemed like he was well on his way to becoming a sociopath. The sweet and slightly funny side were a pleasant surprise. Mary wasn’t bad. She spent a large portion of the book panicking and on the verge of a nervous break down but thankfully, was not too whiny. Astra was ok and I didn’t much care for the resident bad guy, The Deceiver.
So, all in all, Rising Darkness was a very blah book. So not worth the time I spent on it.