Title: There Will Come A Darkness
Series: The Age of Darkness #1
Author: Katy Rose Pool
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published: September 3rd, 2019 (Henry Holt & Co. BYR)
Synopsis: 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?
Thank you to the publisher, Henry Holt and Co. BYR, and Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“The deceiver ensnares the world with lies,
To death’s pale hand the wicked fall,
That which sleeps in the dust shall rise,
And in their wake will come a darkness.”
The Order of the Last Light has kept secret the final prophecy given by the Prophets before their disappearance for a hundred years. The prophecy speaks of an age of darkness, but also of a saviour, the final Prophet who may be able to overcome the evil threatening the lands. And now at long last the Prophet has been found, and the prophecy is in motion. Hassan, Ephyra, Anton, Jude and Beru, all from completely different walks of life, are brought together unexpectedly due to the prophecy. Which of them can cause the end the world and which of them can save it?
How lovely it was to get back to high fantasy at last! The themes of the story, and the constantly unpredictable nature of the plot reminded me a little of the Falling Kingdoms series and the characters of Six of Crows, both among my favourites in fantasy, and I now have very high hopes for this series. With that, on to the review, and minor spoilers ahead.
I absolutely loved the vaguely Greek inspired setting and the world building was fantastic. The concept of Graces, and the Graced who can control esha (energy) in different forms was so interesting. Add to that the Grace-hating movement led by the Hierophant and his Witnesses, a healthy dose of double-crossing, and of course a cryptic prophecy to make one fascinating tale!
With five alternating POVs, I felt like we had the chance to look into each character’s past and understand them really well. Though the plot itself is quite straightforward, the complexity of the characters is what makes this story.
Jude was a character I found rather confusing. For half the book, he worries about Hector and is ready to chase him to another kingdom to stop him from breaking his oaths to the Order, but the second he finds the Prophet, all thoughts of Hector are completely gone, along with, seemingly, every doubt he had in his suitability to be Keeper of the Word. I think though, of all the characters, Jude was the best developed, and we get into his head the farthest, understanding the conflict within him. Hassan, the prince of Herat in exile, was nearly as good, and I particularly appreciated how well the tough decisions he had to make were portrayed, understanding that as a prince, he had to put his people first no matter the cost.
Now Anton’s role in the prophecy was clear from a reader’s perspective pretty early on, but the really interesting part was how important Anton’s nightmare of the lake turned out to be. Anton’s brother Illya returning and the events following was certainly an interesting twist. I didn’t really trust him, but for some reason never saw that betrayal coming – atleast not from that direction! But the betrayal Hassan faces, though it was the infinitely more logical one, was the real shocker for me.
I have so many questions after finishing this book! Who is the Hierophant? I have my fingers crossed for a POV in the sequel, along with some information about his past. We haven’t yet found out exactly how the Hierophant knew the prophecy that the Order kept secret for so long either. Have we really seen the last of Hector? I’m not really convinced, regardless of that scene, which was when any sympathy I had for Ephyra was completely gone. And finally, considering the multiple meanings the prophecy can have, is Beru really the third Harbinger? I have to add though, with the number of things going on, it takes some real concentration to keep everything straight! And while the setting was perfection, it did feel at times that the speech of a few of the characters was too modern for it.
Overall, I really enjoyed There Will Come A Darkness. This was a surprisingly quick read considering how long it is and I’m already looking forward to the next installment in this intricately crafted fantasy. Highly recommended!
There Will Come A Darkness releases on September 3rd, 2019.
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Other reviews in this series:
Book 2: As the Shadow Rises