• Dark Light

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (618 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The second novel in the new, gripping supernatural thriller series from international best-selling author Jodi Taylor.

From the frying pan into the fire....

Betrayed, terrified and alone, Elizabeth Cage has fled her home. With no plan and no friends, she arrives at the picturesque village of Greyston and finds herself involved in an ages-old ceremony that will end in death.

And that might be the least of her problems - the Sorensen Institute would very much like to know her whereabouts. And Michael Jones is still out there, somewhere, she hopes. No matter how far and how fast she can run, trouble will always find Elizabeth Cage.

©2018 Jodi Taylor (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Narrator should not have been changed!

The book was written well and the story was great. I did not care for the narrator. Elizabeth is a younger girl and I felt the new narrator aged her and she wasn't as good as Kate Scarfe.

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A break from reality

I enjoy Jodi Taylor's books, and have listened to all of the St. Mary's series. I am glad I started this new series. This book has little to do with reality, and I read to get away for just a bit. I like the characters and the setting a lot and I never knew where the story was going - by turns, it can be calm home life, with a bit scary, a little funny, or a lot dangerous. The only little thing that bothered me was the change in readers. It did take a while to get used to a different voice, but I finally accepted it. I do get whiny when different readers are used for a series, but that is just my preference to stay with a good thing. When there is a good reader for a character, and then it changes to someone different, it takes me out of the story for a while until I get used to the change. I did like the calmer presentation of the first reader more, and even considered buying the Kindle edition instead, but listening turned out OK. I told you I get whiny when a series changes readers.

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Couldn't get pst the narrator

Not the same narrator from book 1 :( If they go back I will try again

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Narrator-sigh

Love Jodi Taylor books. But this one is the first one that I didn't care for the narrator. Nice voice but can not to different people.

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I was wrong, or projecting: I love this reader now

I previously reviewed this performance as depressing, especially compared to the White Silence reader. i listened to it mostly in terrible settings for sound. i listened to it in quiet rooms recently, and was captivated by the reader's clear delight and engagement with the story.
that's it, me for a better sound system in my car!

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Gotta Read the 2nd to get the 1st

Gotta read the 2nd book to get the 1st book. If you hang in there, it may be worth it.

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Disappointing sequel

The first book was engaging and logical,this book was like a mish mash of fairy tales with no connecting thread. The reader was also too old for the age of the heroine. I will not be buying the next in the series.

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Wonderful Sequel

I absolutely LOVED this book! I liked it even more than the first! Jodi Taylor’s writing is so engaging and I cannot wait for the next book in this series! Also note that while the narrator is different from the first book - I thought she did an excellent job!

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Very dark

I miss St. Margaret's and the excellent mix of characters, light hearted comments as well as a great story line. this is turning into more of sureal horror series.

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Very disappointed.

I loved every other book Jodi Foster wrote but this was more of a horror story. It lacked humor was kind of dark and grim. I am sorry I bought it.

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  • drdapa
  • 11-09-18

Continuity error

I'm sad that i won't get to listen to the second book in this series. The first book "White Slience" read by Kate Scarfe was an intriguing story and well read. The second book might well be as good but its being read by a new narrator (Julie Teal) who approaches the character completely differently which ruins the story completely. Its not to say Julie narrates poorly, she actually performs it well. Its just that we've already committed to how the character was narrated in the first book.

Hopefully in the future this error may be corrected.

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  • Alicia
  • 11-02-18

Odd Choice of Narrator

The book is absolutely brilliant, as I have come to expect from Jodi Taylor, but the main character, Elizabeth Cage, is a young woman (as she describes herself at one point in the book, and as I know from reading White Silence) so I found it odd that the narrator is, and sounds like, a woman in her 50’s. Julie Teal is an excellent narrator, I just found her a strange choice for this book.

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  • Matthew
  • 11-06-18

disappointing - wrong narrator

Loved the first book but this one the narrator was totally wrong, she just did not capture the essence of Elizabeth Cage at all. Kate Scarfe (narrated the first book) was much better and such a shame she did not carry on this book. Although Julie Teal is not too bad she is just the wrong voice for her and did not do justice to any of the other characters sadly.

The story itself was pretty poor, the character ibis and his sward was just not in keeping with the premise of the fist book , although the first book had moments of evil and monsters but middle earth swards etc just did not fit, poor direction.

Was really looking forward to this but sadly just lost interest and was an effort finishing it which is very rare for me, especially as I gave her first book 5 stars.

If you liked the fist book, leave it there, series is now done after this book for me, such a shame. Leave alone

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  • Shirley
  • 01-08-19

Awful....nothing like the first book.

I loved White Silence, I thought it clever and intriguing, so much so that I immediately bought Dark Light, I couldn't wait to get in my car and meet up again with Cage and Jones....
It started quite well, but soon descended into a trite pseudo fairy story with trolls and sword welding hunters that were obviously poached directly from lord of the rings.
What happend???, Did Ms Taylor get bored and get someone less capable to write this book...
I shall be returning it for something more grown up.

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  • pob
  • 01-23-19

Dark Light....so disappointed

The first book was brilliant.....this was boring and weird.
A troll under the bridge....what is this....a children’s story.
Wouldn’t bother !

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  • Sararara
  • 10-31-18

Hyacinth Bucket

Bad in so many different ways. The new narrator adds further confusion to how old the dowdy Mrs Cage is supposed to be but my guess is about 60, with a desire to seem younger.
She’s still residing in a weird world where you have a Colonel living next door, a ‘booze cruise’ is unfamiliar modern lingo and dressing down means wearing a pussy cat bow and tan tights. It seems to be an unintentional pastiche.
More irritating though is the incessant repetition of phrases which a good editor should’ve dealt with.
The ideas are there but the storytelling is very amateur. Too much dwelling on attractive hanging baskets and how big and strong the menfolk are, and too little coherent plot.
Not as dark as the first book (unfortunately) and more concerned with telling us how special Mrs Cage is rather than demonstrating it.
I think this story says a lot more about the author and how she sees herself than was intended.

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  • RDT
  • 11-03-18

Twists and Turns

Thoroughly enjoy Jodi Taylor's knack of extending suspense and leaving the reader wondering. However, very disappointed, even if part of the mind games, that the narrator made Cage sound like an aged aunt more at home in Borsetshire.

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  • Karen Kennedy
  • 11-25-18

Inconsistencies in voice for Series (20-something character now sounds 80 in the second book)

I make a point of listening to the Jodi Taylor books on audible. I feel like something went wrong at audible when they chose Julie Teal for this book.

The first book clearly states that the main character is in her 20s - and the voice by Kate Scarfe ‘worked’ beautifully with the character.

Even if Ms Scarfe was unavailable, they should have chosen a similar ‘voice’ to give like to Jodi Taylor’s book.
Instead I kept picturing a ‘Judi Dench’ type of character when listening (not a clever young woman).

I hope Audible steps up to fix this error, especially if this is a continuing series.

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  • Eileen
  • 12-17-18

A bit of a willy nilly plot

I wanted to enjoy this series, but it really feels like wasted potential for the protagonist, as she is an empath able to help restless spirits with her strong personality, but she seems to sit around until things happen to her. I also feel like plot events just happen and then snap back to the status quo. Escape a death cult? Straight back home without even trying to get justice for their victims. Then she's in a fantasy world with mythical creatures? I adore The Nothing Girl by the same author, so please don't take this as blind bashing.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 10-26-18

Worth the wait

I do love the way that Jodi Taylor writes, I really enjoyed the first in this series and waited eagerly for this one. I was not disappointed, the characters I loved are still around and an additional one is added to the mix. Parts of this book are a bit over the top in weirdness, but all in all it was a riveting story and very nicely written and narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

Badly Wanted to Like This

I shouldn’t have attempted to listen to this book. I read the previous reviews, and knew deep down it wasn’t going to satisfy. Like Elizabeth Cage, as Jodi Taylor tells us over and over and over…and even more over and overs again, I should have trusted my instincts. I couldn’t even finish it. Why not? Glad you asked. Let’s make a little list, shall we? 1) Whoever chose the narrator seems to have an affinity for Judi Dench’s voice, Which is all very well and good if your heroine is a middle aged lawyer who’s just divorced her husband for sleeping with the nanny. But it’s not so great when your heroine is a 30 ish girl with supernatural powers on the run from, ah, someone. Someones? Herself? In any case, the voice and character are as mismatched as Elton John and his ex-wife. 2) Have I mentioned that Jodi Taylor repeats herself in this series? Book Two, so twice as many repeats, as far as I can tell. Did the editor fail to read the manuscript? If Ms Taylor presented this to even a beginner’s writing group, she would have been howled down for the many and varied ways she says the same thing over and over. It drive me nuts. 3) A dim-witted heroine who fails to use or even remember her own gifts. Folks, I was almost yelling at her to ask the most basic and obvious of questions as she stupidly sallied forth into situations even a child would run from. Unbelievable. 4) Did I mention Taylor repeats material at regular intervals? 5) Bizarre, rambling storylines with little cohesion that take themselves way too seriously. Have you ever cringed at an audiobook to the point where you wake your soundly sleeping partner next to you? Neither had I until now. 6) Repetition. *presses buzzer and moves to the next contestant * 7) As many have already said, after the wonderful Chronicles of St. Mary’s, I expected more from Jodi Taylor. What on earth happened?? 8) Repeat after me… But seriously, if you’re finding this review annoying because I’m repeating the hit about all the repetition, then give this a miss. Even if you’re not, avoid it anyway, and just re-listen to Zara Ramm and the St Mary’s series. Your ears will thank you.

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  • Dash57
  • 09-07-21

Muted Enthusiasm

Normally I find Jodi Taylor's heroines refreshing, strong and intelligent, unfortunately Elizabeth Cage in the last few chapters came across as repetitive and weak although I am interested in knowing more about Elizabeth Cages history I will leave reading the 3rd instalment for a while.
The narration at times came across as snooty

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  • Adelaide Swinhoe
  • 07-19-20

very cool

loved it.
can't wait to see if there are any more in this series.
loving everything taylor.