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Review – There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

I don’t remember what it was about this book that drew me in. Maybe it was something about a religion and magic combination, or a prophet, or maybe the magic system itself. But whatever it was, it was definitely NOT because I had seen someone else read it or talk about it. I have seen no-one talk about it and I don’t know why. It’s a really good book!

This ARC was provided to me by Little Brown Book Group and NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you!

There Will Come A Darkness

by Katy Rose Pool

Synopsis by NetGalley

‘A masterful fantasy debut’ Sebastien de Castell

THE AGE OF DARKNESS APPROACHES.
FIVE LIVES STAND IN ITS WAY.

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity – until they disappeared, one hundred years ago.

They left behind a 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 a dark new power rises, five souls are set on a collision course that will determine the fate of their world:

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 saviour or destroyer?

‘Unforgettable . . . feels both utterly original and like the best of classic fantasy’ Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand

A well-crafted, surprising and gripping start to a new trilogy’ Kirkus

‘Katy Rose Pool combines lovable characters, a gorgeously tangible world and an intricate puzzle-box plot to create a story that will pull you inexorably toward the explosive end’ Sarah Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless

My Opinion

Highlights

  • The lack of romance
  • The prophecy becoming a “who done it?”

Overall

After 17% I was hooked 🙂 On the people and characters but also the story but in a different way. I started to see how they interconnected and wanted them to meet up asap! Obviously that was not going to happen anytime in the first half of the book. It never does. I was still hoping for it and that kept me intrigued.

The Story

The story follows a group of people in a reimagined Greece and Turkey area, though this is a complete fantasy land. The world is one the brink of darkness and only the last prophet will be able to help, or will he?

There are 5 points of view in this book all telling a story that interconnects the characters. There is a prophesy which made me constantly try and figure out who’s who and who’s what. It was like a “who’s done it?” and I loved that.

World Building

The building of the world is done through several eyes and several viewpoints. There is no info-dumping, it’s a nice and easy hill climb. It begins with it all being in the same city. A clever tactic of having the first point of view move from one place to the other introductions two areas of the same city, then the second PoV do the same, and the 3rd stood still.

Magic/Science System

The magic in here is related to being a Graced or not. Being Graces is like being gifted with a specific power. There is no logic to who gets it. If your parents are gifted you may or may not be gifted too. I liked this aspect as it didn’t create that hierarchy we normally see of long wealthy families being in power as long as they can reproduce.

The religion is very intertwined with the magic in here. There are two strands; the gifted including the prophets who see the future, and the anti-magic groups who opposes everything that is made by magic and hunts down those who are gifted.

Characters

There were multiple points of views in this book.

Beru
She is the younger sister of Ephyra and someone who shouldn’t be here… I can’t say much more cause SPOILERS! I do like her though. I like her moral sense and kindness.

Jude
Graced and he is supposed to be Graced. He is queer and Keeper of the Word but doesn’t want to be and doesn’t feel like he is capable of it. I liked him even though he is very detached from himself and everything else in an emotional way.

Anton
Graced and very powerful. He is not supposed to be graced and ran away from home because of it. I liked Anton too, even though he is a fraud, a gambler and someone I wouldn’t normally like… oh no, hang on. that’s not right! This is the type of character I do seem to fall for… Here we go again…

Hassan
Not Graced but he is supposed to be. He is royal and straight. He really annoyed me for a long time in the middle section just for being himself. I liked him in the beginning and the end, but the middle part was a struggle to read.

Ephyra
Graced and very powerful. She takes care of Beru, her sick sister. She is badass but also weak. I still can’t make up my mind whether I like her or not, but in the end, I would have liked a few more moments with her as I felt I did connect with her and wanted more time.

LGBT?

Yeah, some. But the book and the story is not focused on romance which was really nice and refreshing. Out of the 5 PoV’s, only two had romantic and sexual inclinations and only one of those added something to the story.

Writing

It was a well-written book. I had no issue with the pacing, spelling or sentence structure. A very comfortable read language-wise. This doesn’t always happen with debut author in an ARC and it was a concern going in. But everything was fine 🙂

Summary

I love this book and the characters. I think I liked Anton the best but Jude or Ephyra is a good shared second place. I will definitely pick up the next book when it comes out 🙂

Read it!

If you like fantasy that is 🙂

Have you read this? What did you think?

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