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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Mastering Darkness (A Forest of Darkness Book 1) by Kate Wendley is a romantic fantasy revolving around Kaia and Anthony, a Master Vampire of the Atlanta Territory. The horrific duties Anthony does as a Master Vampire make him scary and ruthless. But then his meeting with Kaia changes everything, and the softness in him surfaces slowly. Kaia lives at Wild Woods and she is the only human living there. Her traumatic past and secrets make Anthony suspicious of her, but as the story progresses readers see Anthony learning to love and Kaia opening up to someone who is known to be a monster.
Humans, vampires, love, power, drama, paranormal activities - the book has all the ingredients that make it a gripping story. The incredible chemistry between the two main characters, Anthony and Kaia, is tangible throughout the story and that makes the love angle very strong. Their secretive and mysterious auras make them very attractive and appealing to readers. The rest of the characters, Ethan, Marissa, Zach and others, have been portrayed nicely and they complement the plot beautifully. The story is mysterious and intriguing, with romance and fantasy laced into it, giving the plot a unique twist. The book will grab the attention of all those readers who love romance coupled with a bit of intrigue and mystery. The romantic interlude between a vampire and a human being is exciting and the author's style of writing and use of language are exquisite, giving more effect to the scenes.