Hey Book Lovers!
This is the beginning of a fantasy series that introduces some good characters and a plot that is intriguing. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for gifting me this book to review.
Title: There will come a darkness
Author: Katy Rose Pool
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.
With chaos on the horizon, 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.
It has a bookish Map and I live it when books have maps.
The plot is about an age of darkness that is approaching and follows the five people that will either stop it or unleash it. The plot itself jumps around a lot as it jumps with the different characters POV. The 5 POVs was done well and although it did jump around, I got used to it and eventually got invested in each characters story. I’d say this was a character driven novel and some characters are more likeable then others. I was a little disappointed by the villain who is built up during the book but then he gets maybe two scenes. I’d say this book was mainly an introduction to the series and I’m excited to see what happens next.
The worldbuilding was good, I enjoyed the magic system and how there was different groups. The magic was split into 4 areas: Grace of heart which enhanced strength. Grace of a look which takes energy to heal or harm. Grace of mind which creates objects with energies. Finally the grace of sight which can locate people and see the future or the past. The world is vast as there are seven cities and there’s lots of groups of people. I enjoyed what I’d read so far and I’m excited to see more of the world in future books. I also enjoyed the diversity in the book as there are different ethnic groups and sexual orientations.
Ephyra – She is the pale hand (murderer) with the grace of blood. I liked her POV and found it interesting.
Beru – Ephyra sister who is ill. Her POV was okay but I felt for her.
Hassan – prince of nazirah. His POV was probably my least favourite and he gets a lot of page time. It was still interesting to see how his story overlapped with the others.
Anton – has grace of sight. He is a gambler and I would say he’s a bit of a disaster. I enjoyed his character most.
Jude – Commander of the Order of the Last Light. Has grace of heart. He tries to do his duty but he has doubts which was interesting.
These are the five main characters of the book and I did enjoy them. Some more than others. There is also a lot of side characters in the book that affect the main characters choices in the story. The book probably has more unlikeable characters than likeable ones but it felt like it was meant to be that way.
A few honourable mentions are,
Illya who is Antons brother
Hector who is connected to Jude and Beru.
Lady Lethia who is Hassans Aunt.
The hierophant who believes the grace should be wiped out. Has followers called Witnesses and he’s the villain.
Overall this is a good start of a new fantasy series that is character driven. I am excited to see what happens next in the world.
Thanks for Reading!