I swear my ability to read and then function enough to write reviews is drastically declining each time I read a banger like this! There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool is a fantasy novel featuring 5 distinct people dealing with the end of the world. Each character has their own struggles and part in this coming darkness and Katy does a great job explaining their function or dysfunction through it all
Also welcome to the worst way to describe a book; episode 1! Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads (which makes 1000% more sense than my nonsense):
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
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 favorite thing about stories like these are the characters. The separate voices Katy uses for her 5 main characters is so unique it’s easy to slip into their head without getting confused. One of the biggest struggles as a reader is finding that all the POVs sound similar, but fear not – You won’t face this issue. Each character has a unique voice, motivation, and overall problem so it’s easy not to get them mixed up.
Another thing I love is the overall plot! An unforetold, unknown prophecy kept secret from the world until this new prophet is finally revealed – love it! And the harbingers of this impending darkness blindly living life, unaware their actions are bringing about the end of the world as they know it. I can appreciate messing up badly, but this is a great way to make a reader cringe.
Finally, the ending leaves off so beautifully I kept turning the pages, hoping there would be more. There wasn’t. I can’t wait to read what happens next, is the second book ready yet?
Overall, this was a clear / 5 star read for me. Unique world, intriguing characters, secure plot, and great one-liners. I’m in! If you haven’t added There Will Come A Darkness to your TBR, do yourself a favor and add it. It’s Grisha meets Furyborn except a beast all it’s own. It’s good. Just read it!
If this book sounds interesting, check out Furyborn by Claire Legrand or An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!
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