There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1), by Katy Rose Pool
Publish Date: September 3, 2019
Published by: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**
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?
This book has completely stolen my heart. When I first came across it, I discovered it on Edelweiss and the cover is what clearly caught my eye. And seriously, bravo to the designer and publishing team for so encapsulating this story in such a poignant design for the cover. I then read the title, the summary, and just went “yes.” I couldn’t stop thinking about it and when I found out that Katy Rose Pool was going to be at BookCon, I started reading it sooner than anticipated and have zero regrets. (And yes I
stalked met her outside of a panel she was doing and she was sweet and wonderful and I couldn’t have been happier). With a cast of characters that steal your heart away and a breathtaking world that is built upon my dreams (or so it seems), this book is just…everything.
There Will Come a Darkness instantly captured me from the start. It pulled me into its world, which is gorgeously imagined and feels like it has roots in our own ancient civilizations, but with some magical twists, of course. It is dark and full of action, intrigue and suspense. The history of the world is incredible, and is brought into the storyline so naturally I could cry. And the five different characters’ storylines all twist and turn and converge with one another’s in varying ways that makes for a powerful novel that is a true work of art.
Of all the perspective characters, I have to say Anton and Hassan are my definite favorites. Jude took some time to grow on me, and I think my only regret was that Beru didn’t have as much page-time. I think Ephyra annoyed me the most, because she was so single-minded about her goals that she did not stop to care or think about what anyone else wanted, even her own sister, for whom she did everything. However, considering that there are two more books to see her grow and change in, I’m hoping that my current opinion about Ephyra will eventually be altered. But like I said, I loved Anton and Hassan and by the end I think Jude ended up being a favorite too after seeing his character growth as well. They are all just such complex characters who struggle with so much inner turmoil of fear and self-doubt, and watching them grow and both give into and overcome these detriments was such a strong aspect of this story. I always say my favorite part of any book is its characters, and they are definitely what made me fall in love with this book for sure.
This book. Honestly. I just have so few words for it right now because I think I might be in a daze from it. Part of me is glad I took such a long time to read it (combination of having to read other things first and not wanting it to end), because I just know it’s going to stick with me longer because of it. (I’m not saying reading fast is bad, just that I usually forget details more easily when I do that). And it better because now I have to wait…some indeterminate amount of time until the next book.
And seriously. I am ready for it.