Ashen Winter - Mike Mullin Darla was the one character that made the first book for me, without her Alex and this series would just annoying and forgettable. I was disappointed to see her not be there for half the book, it was like a vital part of this entire story was missing. Also, I really hope I am not in for pissy fights in the next book, I detest those with a fierce passion. Alex, I like you but at times I want to say.Uploaded with ImageShack.usFor me, Darla is the true heroine of this series, without her we sink.