First, I want to say HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to this incredible book. I had such an amazing time reading There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool and I’m SO EXCITED that it is now out in the world for everyone else to read and love as much as I did.
I posted my review down below, but first I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite characters in the book, Ephyra. She has the power to kill people with her touch, but she can also heal which is what she has been doing in order to keep her sister, Beru, alive. Ephyra is fiercely loyal to her sister, which is what makes me love her so much. She would follow her sister to the ends of the earth burning everything in her wake, just to keep Beru safe. But loyalty like that can be a person’s undoing and I loved watching her journey.
Title: There Will Come a Darkness
Author: Katy Rose Pool
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Hold & Company
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital & Physical ARC provided by publisher
This book was the beautiful epic fantasy that I need. There is a complicated magic system, five main characters with intertwining stories, and a looming darkness throughout the story. The story is told from the point of view of each of the five main characters, so it jumps in and out of each of their lives as they all become intertwined. There is Ephyra, the assassin (that I mentioned above is my favorite). She has the power to heal or kill with her touch and she has been taking the lives of others in order to keep her sister, Beru, alive. Beru is Ephyra’s moral compass, keeping her from killing innocent people while also taking care of the two of them in their travels. Anton is the gambler. A boy with a dark past that he continues to run from and a magic ability that he tries hard to forget. Hassan is the prince in hiding. His home has been overrun by religious zealots, determined to eradicate magic and all those who possess magical abilities, so he has escaped to live with his aunt. Finally Jude is the protector, the Keeper of the Word, sworn to protect the Prophet. He has lived his whole life preparing for this role.
All of these characters are beautiful and flawed and I love them all so much. Though the actual book is pretty hefty, weighing in at almost 500 pages, I still flew through it because I just had to see what happens as the darkness creeps in. If you’re looking for a fantasy read that keeps you engaged with a wide cast of characters, definitely pick this one up!
“To keep our home inside your heart, right beside your hope, even when you’re far away–it’s one of the bravest things there is.”
-Kate Rose Pool, There Will Come a Darkness
*Please note, this quote is from an ARC copy, so it may change in the final copy.
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?
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