Title: There Will Come a Darkness
Author: Katy Rose Pool
Series: The Age of Darkness #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication date: September 3rd, 2019
The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it?
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.
All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:
A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.
“Their eyes went dark, and Ephyra felt a sweet, sated relief, and in equal measure, a deep, inescapable fear—that killing monsters was turning her into one.”
I was so excited to pick up this book! I’m a huge fan of stories about multi ethnic groups that somehow have to come together to try and save the world, so my expectations were pretty high. And though I could totally see why people could fall in love with There Will Come a Darkness, I have mixed feelings when it comes to this book, because there were so many things that I loved seeing, and others I had my issues with.
One of the main problems that I had with this novel was regarding the plot. Though I ended up really enjoying the path the story took, it’s true that it took almost half of the book for it to start evolving, and there were many time where some things became a bit repetitive and they were constantly mentioned throughout the story. I think that though the plot ended up being quite interesting, the way it was done made me a bit bored sometimes, because I had the feeling that nothing was actually happening and it was more building this anticipation on the reader for shock value. I’d say that even though it was a fairly long book, the pacing was a bit off at times and this seemed more like a prologue for the actual story that started to take shape in the last few chapters of There Will Come a Darkness.
Despite me feeling like that with the plot, I think it had some interesting twists and turns throughout the novel, and a few revelations I wasn’t expecting. To me, the ending (or last 10-15 chapters) was the best part of the novel, because we had a clear image of everything and I could understand the different characters’ motivations and what was going on. There were a couple of twists that I saw coming from the very beginning, and others that took me completely by surprise, so overall I think everything was pretty balance and I wanted to keep continuing to know what was going to happen.
“As long as they kept moving, kept going up, it could not catch him. There was no water. There was no ice. Only fear.”
Something that I was so pleasantly surprised was regarding the world building and the magic. For a first book in a series I think those two elements were very well written and complex, and we got to know a lot about different places and what the different Graces were about, since there were a couple of characters that had them and we could explore those different gifts.
When it comes to the characters, again, I have mixed feelings. I know I said that I love me a group based book that had very different characters that came together, but I also think that having more than 4-5 perspectives in a story could make things a bit confusing, and the reader could enjoy one POV more than other, and that’s exactly what happened to me. It’s not like I hated this cast of characters, but it’s true that I found a couple of perspectives (Ephyra and Anton’s, for example) more interesting than the others. I think that they were more fast paced and intriguing, and more things were happening than the rest, at least in the first two thirds of the story, because then it’s when I started to enjoyed the other POVs more. The evolution of the cast of characters was a bit wonky at times, and there were certain characters that were more complex than others, but I think that overall they all had quite different arcs and we could learn a lot from each perspective, and I’m also interesting to see the relationships between certain characters evolved in the sequel, because I really enjoyed their dynamics.
Overall, I think There Will Come a Darkness was a solid book. I may change my rating after more thought, but for now the main reasons why I lowered a bit my stars were some issues I had with the characters and the plot, but except for that, I adored some other elements I saw in the story.
TW: self harm, abuse, loss of a parent,
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
“There was nothing to be frightened of when you were the most dangerous thing that stalked the streets.”
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