Nicholas Branden has the ability to find lost things and people and because of this he is brought in to work on a government program that can help save lives. At least that is what he was told. Leader of the secret program, Darkwell, is hiding something and it is making Nicholas feel uneasy. Not until he is approached by the Rogues, enemies of Darkwell, does he start to ask questions and investigate further. Which include the circumstances around his father's death.
His inquires land him on the wrong side of Darkwell's wrath and he is now teaming up with those he thought were his enemies, and he isn't alone. Olivia, Darkwell's assistant, is a good girl who follows the rules. That is until Nicholas has her questioning everything she has been taught and has her feeling desire for the man that has her on the run from deadly enemies.
I was not sure about Nicholas at first. In Out of the Darkness he came off as someone who wouldn't really go the distance to find out the truth like the others. But he surprised me and I liked his character. Like the other Offsprings, he wants to know the truth surrounding his father's death and it all leads back to Darkwell. I liked his ability and his level headiness was a nice break for Lucas, who might lose it any minute and Eric's overbearing attitude. One think I didn't like was how he try's to distance himself from those who care about him. He doesn't give them the option just makes that decision for them. I didn't really care for Olivia. It felt like she wanted to stay blind and hide her head in the sand instead of facing the truth head on. It made her come off as a bit naive. In the end she does make the right choice but I felt like she waited too long to make what was an obvious choice.
I was happy to see my favorite Eric is still his sarcastic, brash, aggressive self. I've said it before, but I really can't wait for his book. Lucky for me his book is next. A character I'm not sure I should admit to liking is Sayre Andrus, who is brought in to be Darkwell's puppet but he has an agenda of his own. There are no redeeming qualities about this made, he really is just evil. I don't know if I would go as far as calling him my favorite character but he is one of the best written in the series. He comes off as so vile that you actually despise him and the man is fictional! One of my favorite quotes from the book comes from him.
"Maybe you better outline what, exactly, they consider strange. I don't want to get blown away 'cause I scratched my ass"
Touching Darkness continues an already interesting and addictive story. The Offspring's fight gets dangerous but with new allies they take one step closer to finding out the truth but also run into more questions. I'm excited for the new twists and characters and look forward to the next installment in the series.