There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool is the first in a fantasy series about a world in turmoil. A prophecy, an approaching darkness, forces of evil, and five individuals who have their own problems, hopes, and fears – all this and more can be found within the pages of this action-packed adventure.
| Synopsis |
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.
One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?
| Review |
I received a complimentary copy of this book Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This story took a little while to grow on me. For some reason, I just wasn’t connecting to the characters. There are five main characters: Hassan, Ephyra, Beru, Anton, and Jude. Each chapter is from a different character’s perspective.
On top of that, the world is filled with people who are “Graced,” which reminded me a lot of the Grisha powers from the Shadow and Bone series. Basically, depending on which Grace you have, you can heal, be super strong, see into the future, or make things from other things. It was an interesting concept and I liked how the knowledge of these Graces was woven into the story.
I enjoyed the way the story kept me guessing. Each of the characters has some part to play in the “prophecy” that is introduced at the beginning of the story. This prophecy is clearly going to dictate the course of the story over the series. Every character either does or doesn’t know that they’re a part of this prophecy and it was fun watching their different puzzle pieces fit together. I like stories that show different characters starting out in separate areas and watching them progress until slowly their stories begin overlapping in new and interesting ways. This story definitely interested me in that way.
But otherwise, I wasn’t too fond of any of the characters. They each had their own complications, but really I found most of them to be entirely too selfish or self-absorbed. It frustrated me to watch characters continually make decisions that ultimately benefit them alone. I can understand one or two characters behaving that way, but when all of them do, it becomes rather tedious and disheartening. Like, do any of you have any interest in the public good? None of you?! None?! The only character I really liked was Beru, and she gets the least amount of chapters devoted to her.
It left me wondering if I’ll read further into this series, since none of the characters really seemed to progress over the course of the book. I understand that this book is just one in a series, but if you’re writing a story, you need to make sure that your characters grow over the course of the book. And this book is 400+ pages long! Like, I know the overarching story isn’t over yet, but why does it feel like all of these characters are either the same or worse off than when they started? Nobody seemed to have learned anything.
Literary Value: 4/5
Pool is a really good writer. I mean, really good. The dialogue was snappy and real, the world building was excellent, with minimal moments of exposition overload, and the pacing of the story felt really good.
Other than character development, I felt that this story was really unique and interesting. The world seems so cool! People with powers are being turned on by people who don’t have powers! There’s a “darkness” that’s coming to plunge the civilized world into chaos. There’s a prophecy! The story was really firing on all cylinders, which was excellent.
Entertainment Factor: 3/5
Despite it’s good pacing, I really wasn’t having a super fun time with this book. This was mostly due to the characters. I just didn’t like them, some I really almost hated. It reminded me of when I read the Song of Ice and Fire series, where there were some characters who, when their chapter came up, I rolled my eyes and was really reluctant to keep reading because I just. Didn’t. Like them. I felt this way about reading Hassan’s chapters – and he had some of the most! Oh Hassan, how stupid and extra you are.
Otherwise, I felt like I enjoyed the dialogue between characters. It was often witty and fun. The action sequences, when characters were fighting, was also really good, really entertaining. The author definitely did her homework and worked out some nice fighting sequences. They felt really smooth and I could visualize them pretty well.
It was an okay book for me, though. I felt it’s length was really hindering me from getting into it because…I mean it takes a while for all the gears to kick in, for the characters to start interacting with each other, and for the story to really hit its stride.
Cover Art Rating: 5/5
I’ll be honest and say that the cover was one of the main reasons I picked this book out of the line-up. It’s pretty kick-ass looking. First of all, I love the black, white, and red combo. Pretty much any time. I’m into it. And I love the decorative detailing and how the book looks almost like a wood block print. And the elements that are included on the cover are so relevant to the story. Every time I came across something that I remembered seeing on the cover, I got excited. It’s awesome. This cover is fire.
Overall Rating: 3.75/5 Lighthouses
This is a pretty solidly written action-adventure fantasy. The world is interesting and different. I felt like lots of elements of it were based on ancient history, in areas like Greece and Rome. I also liked the prophecy aspect of it, of five different characters whose stories will eventually overlap, each with their own role to play in this prophecy.
This book, while having familiar elements like good vs. evil, people with powers vs. people without, and prophetic hints for the future, it still managed to surprise me every once in a while.
The only thing that held me back from liking it was the fact that I didn’t care for any of the characters, which is usually a big bummer for me and keeps me from enjoying the book very much. But, I’d still recommend it, because I’m sure there are plenty of readers out there, especially fans of the fantasy genre, who would enjoy this book a great deal. It’s got action, it’s got supernatural elements, and it’s got a classic “end of the world” scenario on the horizon. So definitely check it out.
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