Series: The Age of Darkness #1
Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Wow! Wow! Wow! WHAT A DEBUT!
Katy Rose Pool’s writing is phenomenal — poised and fluent and thoroughly enjoyable. I was completely invested from the first page, and although I had to (ugh, adulting!), I didn’t want to put this book down!
There Will Come a Darkness is a beast! This book is a solid start to the Age of Darkness series, offering vivid world-building and introducing readers to a great cast of characters with interesting back stories. There are 5 POVs that were a smidge overwhelming at times, but Pool truly did a spectacular job interweaving their stories.
The plot is fascinating and rich and brooding and I just want more! There’s a lot of corruption and betrayal which lends to an overarching dark theme. I was living for the magic, political intrigue, and fierce relationships that were driving the narrative — I’m also kind of a sucker for the whole prophetic storyline thing!
The characters are ridiculously intriguing and well developed. “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.” Yea, it didn’t take much to sell me on this one.
Overall, I highly recommend There Will Come a Darkness. It gave me vibes from a lot of faves like Graceling, The Smoke Thieves, and Falling Kingdoms, so I know a lot of YA Fantasy fans will enjoy it. I am very much impressed with Katy Rose Pool and can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for us!
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katy Rose Pool is a writer living in Berkeley, California. She grew up in Los Angeles, where her screenwriter father taught her about three act structure, characterization, and inciting incidents all before she could tie her shoes. Katy studied history and English at UC Berkeley. She enjoys breakfast sandwiches, fancy cocktails, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and books that set her on fire.
Katy is represented by Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners.