Review: The Darkest Day by Britt Bury

The Darkest Day by Britt Bury
Series: Immortal Heat (#1)
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher:  Forever Yours (Hatchett)
Pages: 288
Source:  NetGalley


Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world’s last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells’ greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.


A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell and human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .



Review: I liked the whole paranormal world that was created by Britt Bury. In this new world, humans are thought to be extinct and various paranormal beings are the norm. Some of the paranormal races created were unknown to me, so thankfully there is a glossary of sorts to help make *some* sense of what exactly Fionns, Pookahs and so forth, really are. They aren’t ever very clearly defined, but in the end, it didn’t matter so much. I’m also interested to see what’s going to happen next in this series.

The Darkest Day is the story of Izel, the last full blood human and the Campbell clan’s leader, and Kelvin, the battle chief of the Kerr clan. The clans are enemies and while Izel is ignorant (due to her upbringing), Kelvin is fully aware and starts out their association with this knowledge. However, there is this strong attraction that cannot be ignored. Kelvin fights it since she is technically the enemy and Izel isn’t sure about this strong alpha male who is escorting her through the wilds of Scotland. The interactions between the two were fun to watch, from their fighting to their loving.

However, sometimes their internal thoughts got overly repetitive. This was mostly evident in Kelvin as he fought the knowledge of who she is to him against who she is to his family. Kelvin went around and around with the same arguments and after each internal round, he’d treat Izel like crap and then try to make up for it afterwards. And so went the first half of the book until they consummated their relationship. Then Kelvin went all mushy. It was very weird to watch. The whole yo-yoing of emotions made it hard to believe that a romance really developed. I understand that the conflict was necessary, but I’m hoping this aspect gets cleaned up in future books in the series.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad story. I like the world that was created, but a little more fleshing out of the characters and their actions was needed to make it a more enjoyable read, for me.






2 thoughts on “Review: The Darkest Day by Britt Bury

  1. I can’t agree more with your point – Totally spot on! Great way to put it…a yo-yoing of emotions to be sure. I did like it though and am excited to see what comes next. 🙂

    • Jen @ RtB says:

      I’m curious to see where it goes. I think I just had really high hopes for it since it sounded awesome. In the end, I felt a little let down. BUT, I did like it and am hoping now that she’s moving out of “debut” author status and has something under her belt, that the writing will blossom. 🙂


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