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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 a 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.


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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 a 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.

30 review for There Will Come a Darkness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    Stories with multi ethnic groups of different characters with differing sexual orientations thrown together by mission or circumstance are my kryptonite and I'm practically vibrating in my seat waiting for this book 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    for those readers who love character driven novels, this is the book for you. yes, the plot has a rather important role, but its how the plot defines the characters and influences their choices that really makes this book wonderful. its always such a neat experience when you can see how several individuals are connected in a much bigger way. and honestly, this book is a masterclass on how to write multiple POVs correctly. more often than not, when several main characters are present, for those readers who love character driven novels, this is the book for you. yes, the plot has a rather important role, but its how the plot defines the characters and influences their choices that really makes this book wonderful. its always such a neat experience when you can see how several individuals are connected in a much bigger way. and honestly, this book is a masterclass on how to write multiple POVs correctly. more often than not, when several main characters are present, all with their own POV/chapters, things can go downhill. the plot gets easily lost and confusing, some characters get better developed, others end up being unlikable, some POVs are slower paced and more boring than others, etc. the list can go on. but this is the first story where i love every character (especially jude, i will never not love a character named jude), there is no POV that is lacking, and each perspective helps the plot instead of hinders it. it was a marvel to read how each of these characters lives impacts each others, intentionally or not. i anxiously awaited when their paths crossed and a much larger picture and purpose started to unfold. i was truly engaged every step of the way. yes, this is the first book in a series and yes, its mostly dedicated to world building and character development. but when its so exceptionally done, especially for a debut, i really dont mind that the plot takes a backseat. i havent seen much hype for this book yet, so heres me telling you that these characters are worth every page. ↠ 4.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.... Say no more bro. Say no more. I'll just pay in cash thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    Let me start by saying that it took me literal WEEKS to read this novel. And yet, I surprisingly flew through it whenever I actually sat to read it. Maybe it was because this entire 500-page novel felt like nothing more than a very long introduction. So much happened, and yet… nothing actually happened? This book follows five different POVs. Yes, FIVE. Five seemingly unconnected people with five different goals and five different plot lines. At first, it was hard to care too mu/>This Let me start by saying that it took me literal WEEKS to read this novel. And yet, I surprisingly flew through it whenever I actually sat to read it. Maybe it was because this entire 500-page novel felt like nothing more than a very long introduction. So much happened, and yet… nothing actually happened? This book follows five different POVs. Yes, FIVE. Five seemingly unconnected people with five different goals and five different plot lines. At first, it was hard to care too much about any one character. It felt like we just kept jumping from POV to POV, from setting to setting. Just as you were getting into one story, you’d be thrown in the middle of someone else’s plotline. This was made worse by the fact that Hassan got the most page time and he was probably my least favorite of the characters. It’s not that he was bad as a character, it’s that I didn’t like him all that much and I could totally see right through him. Anton on the other hand, my poor disaster baby, I really liked. Also Jude. I ship it already. This became less of a problem as I became acquainted with each of the characters and their roles in the story. My main issue with this book is that as the title of my review states, it felt like a long-winded introduction. This is the book where the world and the characters are set up but where nothing much happens. We got introduced to all the major players and plotline and then are left hanging, waiting for the sequel. The main villain, The Hierophant, is talked about constantly and yet we meet them in the last 15% of the novel for like two scenes in which they do nothing that lives up to all the talk we’ve heard of them. Even the prophecy that connects all the characters and drives the plot forward has no real bearing in this book. It’s just sort of there to serve as a plot device. Even the characters are just sort of introduced. We only know the basics of them. We’ve yet to dive deep into their minds and see them as their truest selves. Basically, this book was the preview, the trailer before we get to see the movie and actually see all of the pieces that were set up here play the game. Still, in spite of all that I just said, I actually really enjoyed the story. It was easy to read through. It was interesting and I liked seeing the prophecy sort of come together as the story went on. I did call a lot of the ‘plot’ twists’ but there were definitely a few that I didn’t see coming and I appreciate that. The characters were all interesting, even Hassan that I didn’t love, and I can’t wait to read more about them and see how the prophecy unfolds. This might have just been the introduction, but I am super excited to see what comes next in the sequel. Also, just as a side note, I was a bit confused with the world-building. It had trains, but also it also read like the world was very ancient. I feel like with trains come other pieces of technology. Basically, I wasn’t quite sure what ‘time period’ this was modeled after if that makes any sense?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma Giordano

    DNF at roughly 250 pages in. This is an unfortunate situation as I REALLY was enjoying this book. I adored the diverse characters, the unique magic system, and the direction of the story. Sadly, in the middle of reading I had a lot going on in my personal life and couldn't focus on such a dense fantasy so I decided to put it down for now. I'd love to pick it up again and continue when I'm in the right mood for a story like this because I do want to see it through to the end DNF at roughly 250 pages in. This is an unfortunate situation as I REALLY was enjoying this book. I adored the diverse characters, the unique magic system, and the direction of the story. Sadly, in the middle of reading I had a lot going on in my personal life and couldn't focus on such a dense fantasy so I decided to put it down for now. I'd love to pick it up again and continue when I'm in the right mood for a story like this because I do want to see it through to the end :) I received a copy of this book for free from Macmillan. I had no obligation to read or review this book and all opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    okay exciting!!! more information has come out!!! a cover is here!!! GIVE ME ALL THE ENSEMBLE CASTS AHHHHHH

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I was so excited when I received this book because my advance copy was HUGE and HEAVY and it just felt like an important book to hold in my hands. It didn’t even have a cover design, so in addition to feeling important, it looked very mysterious. So I took my time with it, trying to absorb every word, phrase, and sentence. I am always curious about books that qualify their main protagonists. Like, here we have a PRINCE, a KILLER, a GAMBLER, a LEADER and a SICK girl. It’s definitely th I was so excited when I received this book because my advance copy was HUGE and HEAVY and it just felt like an important book to hold in my hands. It didn’t even have a cover design, so in addition to feeling important, it looked very mysterious. So I took my time with it, trying to absorb every word, phrase, and sentence. I am always curious about books that qualify their main protagonists. Like, here we have a PRINCE, a KILLER, a GAMBLER, a LEADER and a SICK girl. It’s definitely the Six of Crows effect. But in this case, instead of helping me get acquainted with the characters, by knowing this one important thing about each of them, I felt like they actually limited my understanding of them. In other words, I kept thinking of them as this one thing—killer, gambler, prince, etc.—instead of waiting to form my opinion of their personality and qualities and then maybe connect with them or not. Thankfully, this is as much a character-driven story as a story-driven one, so even if the characters take a while to become more than one-dimensional, the world-building is a curious one. Plus, there is this sense of urgency in the atmosphere. Something dark, something important, something life-changing is on the horizon and we’re there to witness it all. There are better YA fantasies out there, I won’t hide it, but there is something about this book that makes you feel like you need to read it, otherwise you might just miss out… Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katy Pool

    I wrote this book! I love it! I hope that when you read it, you also love it! You can read the first three chapters FOR FREE right here. There's an incredible book trailer that you can watch right here: There Will Come a Darkness book trailer You can find out more about the book here: http://therewillcomeadarkness.com and more about me on instagram and twitter ----------- I have a list of content warnings for this book on my website. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to reach out. Be safe!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zainab

    This book isn't getting the hype I thought it would and it's frightening.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This book is a master class in fantasy world-building! My official review: "A sweeping, ambitious fantasy that pulled me into a world of corruption, dark prophecy, and ultimately, hope. The breathlessly paced story and well-rendered ensemble cast gripped me until the very last pages." - Julie C. Dao, author of FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sebastien Castell

    I was fortunate enough to be given an advanced copy of this fantasy debut by Katy Rose Pool. There Will Come A Darkness is the first part of what promises to be a very popular epic fantasy series. In many ways it reminded me of Guy Gavriel Kay for the depth of the settings and cultures into which we enter, especially in how perspectives differ for each of the five main characters depending on their own backgrounds. This is a richly-developed world of magic and intrigue, with a diverse I was fortunate enough to be given an advanced copy of this fantasy debut by Katy Rose Pool. There Will Come A Darkness is the first part of what promises to be a very popular epic fantasy series. In many ways it reminded me of Guy Gavriel Kay for the depth of the settings and cultures into which we enter, especially in how perspectives differ for each of the five main characters depending on their own backgrounds. This is a richly-developed world of magic and intrigue, with a diverse cast featuring paladins, princes, and rogues that will appeal to both fans of classic fantasy but equally to those who want to see some of those tropes balanced out with a more modern perspective on inclusion in the characters. There Will Come A Darkness is told in an assured and polished style. Most importantly for me as a reader, though, it builds to an ending that is brilliantly conceived and will leave many readers breathless awaiting the next book in the series. This is a masterful fantasy debut and Katy Rose Pool is a writer to watch.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    I think when I requested this book, the only bit I knew about it was "the Age of Darkness approaches and five lives stand in its way". Because when I opened this book and started reading it, I was delightfully surprised. And hooked. He'd been on his own since he was eleven years old, and in that time he'd traded parts of himself — dignity, virtue, a clear conscience, if he'd ever had those things — to save the whole. He hadn't balked once. This actually feels like a more mature, and darker, versi/>He'd"the I think when I requested this book, the only bit I knew about it was "the Age of Darkness approaches and five lives stand in its way". Because when I opened this book and started reading it, I was delightfully surprised. And hooked. He'd been on his own since he was eleven years old, and in that time he'd traded parts of himself — dignity, virtue, a clear conscience, if he'd ever had those things — to save the whole. He hadn't balked once. This actually feels like a more mature, and darker, version of the Falling Kingdoms series. We have multiple POVs and the main characters overlap and connect in various ways, though they aren't coupling up the way the other series did. Or at least not yet. The over arcing plot is a Big Bad who is looking to eradicate the Graced, a percentage of the population who have powers, who can channel esha (the energy of the world), to their bidding. Some have strength, some can heal, other see the future. So it's not quite GRACELING where everyone's Grace is unique, but rather that some are Graced and others.. not. And that's the big conflict. Beyond the, whole you know, Age of Darkness ending the world and all. The Paladin were the servants of the Prophets, and they had left to protect their last secret. But what if, in leaving, they had abandoned the Prophets' subjects at the moment they'd been most needed? Were they then to blame for how hollow the City of Faith had become? There is a secret order of people who have guarded the last big prophecy from the world, who retreated when the last Prophets left, and this prophecy pulls on the threads of fate for our main characters. Some are harbingers, some are hope, others helpless to do anything but play their roles. It's twisty and so so compelling. But the author, through her characters, challenges some of those fantasy tropes and sprinkles doubt into the minds of our characters. I felt that to be so great, so authentic, and far more interesting than the usual scope of fantasy archetypes we normally see. "Whether or not you agree with the Witnesses, you cannot deny that you have been held back by the rules set down by the Prophets centuries ago. That the Graced will rule, and the rest of us will merely be footnotes in their stories." I'm not sure I have favourites yet but more importantly there wasn't a single POV I disliked. I loved how the plot played out, the betrayals, the reveals, the mystery that still lies heavy over everything. Again, I hate to make the comparison because plot-wise and theme-wise they aren’t the same, but this is exactly what I wanted when I picked up the Falling Kingdoms series. And it's also diverse — there seems to be no racism or prejudice.. beyond the fact that the Witnesses and Hierophant want to eradicate the Graced. But, strangely, even his argument lends a kind of logic to it all. I won't spoil it but.. yeah, I was just really impressed with pretty much everything in this book. I can't wait for more! ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    Since the first time I saw the gorgeous cover of this book and read the blurb, I knew I had to read it and I also had this deep conviction that I would really enjoy it a lot. And I’m feeling pretty gratified right now that my assessment was spot on and this ended up being a wonderful read. I found the world building in this book to be very well written, giving us enough information at the right times so we know what’s happening, but also maintaining an air of mystery throughout which is definite Since the first time I saw the gorgeous cover of this book and read the blurb, I knew I had to read it and I also had this deep conviction that I would really enjoy it a lot. And I’m feeling pretty gratified right now that my assessment was spot on and this ended up being a wonderful read. I found the world building in this book to be very well written, giving us enough information at the right times so we know what’s happening, but also maintaining an air of mystery throughout which is definitely what’s gonna make me read the next one. I loved the idea of some part of the population being Graced (have magical abilities) while the remaining being graceless, because this renders into a very natural and believable conflict. Add to this the idea of a prophecy and a final prophet (mind you, it’s been a long long while since I’ve read a fantasy with prophecies in it), a secret Order destined to protect them and an upcoming doomsday scenario, this became a very compelling read. We only get to know a bit of the history of the bygone Prophets, but I have a feeling we will get to know much more in the later books. This book is also very diverse and I was very happy to see that there didn’t seem to be any sexism or homophobia. I was actually surprised to see that we get five POVs here, which is not an easy thing to do but the author does a brilliant job of giving each of them distinct voices and purposes. Usually there’s always the one we don’t like when there are so many characters to follow, but there is absolutely no miss here - I loved following every single one of them and badly wanted to know what was happening to each of them when we were in another person’s head. The writing is also very fast paced, there is not a single dull moment and there’s always something happening that kept me at the edge of my seat. Even when I went out to a bookstore over the weekend (while I was still just 20% into the book), I ended up finding a nice reading nook and continuing with it instead of browsing for more books; it was that irresistible to me. I also loved how many twists and turns there were; and while I was thinking too high of myself for guessing one important twist, there were so many other shocking reveals and betrayals that I couldn’t see coming and was completely blown away. I really want to commend the author for writing such a tight plot despite having multiple threads, and the way each of them intermingled with the others was just wow. As you all know that I’m a sucker for well written characters, this book was a joy to read for me. Each of the characters is well rounded, we get to know where they are coming from, where they might be heading towards and what’s the justification behind their actions. We really get to know all of them very intimately and I loved that. And it was the way every one of them was different that I found compelling - some are driven for the sake of family, some just want to survive and others are bound by duty - but they all converge in unexpected ways and I thoroughly enjoyed the various dynamics that formed in the process. Even the side characters are given prominent arcs which I found surprising but kudos to the author for managing to make me care about so many of them. And the villain characters are also not cliche - they have their own motivations and it was actually interesting to get to know them because for a moment, I found their arguments right too. And any author who can make me agree with both the protagonists and the villains is a force to reckon with and I can’t wait to see where these characters’ journeys take them next. One of the themes that I seem to find very interesting these days in many fantasy novels is the idea of questioning history - how much of what we have been taught and what we have believed is the actual truth, and what part of it is just glorified propaganda by the victors. I resonate with this a lot because I think this is a compelling argument in the real world too and everyday, we realize that the adage “History is written by the victors” is very much true and it is our duty to find the actual truth. The other most important theme in this book is the tug of war between destiny and free will. It’s impossible not to explore the concept of destiny in a story based on prophecies and I think the author did a great job showing us that sometimes, it’s more important to do the right thing, whether it is destined or not. And the choices we make define the person we become, and however noble our intentions at the beginning of our journey, it’s the ultimate path we choose that makes us who we are going to be and how we will be remembered. There is also a bit of light thrown on the plight of refugees who have been forced to leave their home - their worry about the ones left behind, the distressing and inhumane conditions in which they are forced to live in a strange land, the violent prejudice shown by some people in the new place where they are seeking refuge and the downright apathy of the authorities - its all depicted in a very raw and realistic manner and really has stark parallels to the real world. In the end, I want to conclude by saying that if you are a YA fantasy fan and love ensemble casts, you must read this book. It is action packed, full of twists and turns and brilliantly written characters whom you can’t help but fall in love with. Forbes called this book and The Merciful Crow some of the best YA fantasies of 2019 and I promise you, that’s absolutely true. I enjoyed the hell out of this one and I already wanna know what the author is going to come up with next - and one thing I can be sure of is that I will be rereading this before the sequel releases.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Actual rating: 2.5 (rounded down... and possibly subject to change?) Once again, I am conflicted over a review! It took me a while to reorient myself with multiple POV’s. I am usually okay with that— different narrative voices— but this time around, it felt like too much. We have five main characters, and thus five POVs. I think that had the story been relegated between one to three, it would’ve been more appropriate; in the end, we’re left with a jumble of stories and voices, and the Actual rating: 2.5 (rounded down... and possibly subject to change?) Once again, I am conflicted over a review! It took me a while to reorient myself with multiple POV’s. I am usually okay with that— different narrative voices— but this time around, it felt like too much. We have five main characters, and thus five POVs. I think that had the story been relegated between one to three, it would’ve been more appropriate; in the end, we’re left with a jumble of stories and voices, and there was not enough time given for each to establish much depth. When one character’s chapter ended, you had to wait through the other four’s sections until you got back to that initial character’s POV (most of the time, that is. Sometimes it would go back and forth between two characters for multiple chapters). This was truly frustrating, and so I too often forgot the particulars of what was going on with most of the protagonists in between their individual sections. Each MC could’ve had the entire book devoted to their own narration. And, if I’m being honest, I was really only interested in Anton and Ephyra’s POVs. They are the only characters (with the exception of Beru, who had the least page time) with enough depth to interest me. Hassan was my least favorite of the five. He is just another YA fantasy prince placeholder (and a petulant one, at that: booooooringgggg), and Jude is just... kinda dumb. I’m sorry, but he is. He is the worst person who could have been given the role of leader (although, he grew on me towards the end [a bit]). All that nonsense with Hector (a character I found so goddamn annoying), was irritating— mainly because it was just so EXPECTED and CLICHÉ! The dialogue (and writing in general), didn’t really work for me, either. It felt entirely too commonplace. The story is very formulaic underneath the flimsy cover of world building; I noticed many elements blandly similar to other YA fantasy (overused tropes GALORE!), as well as very clichéd descriptions, passages and plot devices. It didn’t help that the entirety of the book leaned further toward the “younger” end of YA (i.e. not much swearing, light intimate content, and tame violence). I much prefer when YA veers closer to adult themes and language, without being overtly so. There was no sense of real urgency or danger in regards to the central plot. It was there far off in the distance, looming, but not menacing. The main antagonist, The Hierophant, was just a figure in the background information (there and gone in a blink). There was only one tidbit that surprised me, which is pretty disappointing. One little twist (uninventive), but no truly shocking developments— and those that were meant to be surprising were so utterly predictable— a few times I caught myself (dare I say again?) bored. I guessed within the first 100 pages (view spoiler)[Hector’s past. Beru’s secret. Anton— How Hassan’s “destiny” was too neat and convenient, and I saw it for the red herring that it was. I did NOT foresee Lethia’s plan, however. (hide spoiler)] . This was a quick read, though! For a book close to 500 pages, I thought I’d take me longer to finish, but I breezed through this. Even when I was getting bored, it still moved along briskly, which is plus. That doesn’t change the fact that nothing of import really happens until about 400 pages in!! The first 80% of the book was like one LOOOOONG prologue of trying to squeeze in these characters and their separate backstories, as well as a littering of info dumps; to finally coalesce, near the conclusion, into the main plot. Then again, it ended so abruptly, and without much resolution or coherence. I will say that the representation here was wonderful! Now, some of the descriptions for the main characters were a bit vague and hard to interpret, but from what I gathered: four of the five are people of color, which is fantastic! For once, we have a YA fantasy novel where it’s not, like, four white savior main characters, and just one token POC for the diversity checklist. It feels good to see better representation. Still doesn’t make up for the fact that I only enjoyed reading 2 out of the 5 viewpoints (I would’ve said 3/5, but again, Beru was so woefully underutilized). Between the characters and the plot, there was a serious lack of nuance in this book, and it shows. But who knows? Maybe my thoughts will change for the better come the next installment...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sh3lly

    Okay, here is another DNF (at 15%). Cool cover. I had no idea what to expect. This is one of those multiple POVs, set in a historical fantasy-like world where some people have abilities (like strength, speed, healing, seeing) and they are oppressed by the Hierophant and his followers. The people with abilities have to hide who they are or risk harm (or death). It just didn't click with me. Maybe I'm in a bad reading mood or I'm just not feeling this type of story right now? I'm sure others will Okay, here is another DNF (at 15%). Cool cover. I had no idea what to expect. This is one of those multiple POVs, set in a historical fantasy-like world where some people have abilities (like strength, speed, healing, seeing) and they are oppressed by the Hierophant and his followers. The people with abilities have to hide who they are or risk harm (or death). It just didn't click with me. Maybe I'm in a bad reading mood or I'm just not feeling this type of story right now? I'm sure others will enjoy it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Levenseller

    This was such an amazing read. So many twists that I didn’t see coming! Love me some good fantasy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "There was nothing to be frightened of when you were the most dangerous thing that stalked the streets" This is a 5 star book that left me 1 star sad emotionally. *ARC acquired from Book Expo America* SUMMARY The Seven Prophets guided humanity until 100 years ago they suddenly disappeared. However, they left one final prophecy depicting the birth of The Last Prophet and an impending Age of Darkness. The Last Prophet would either be the key to stopping the Age of Darkness or would be/> "There was nothing to be frightened of when you were the most dangerous thing that stalked the streets" This is a 5 star book that left me 1 star sad emotionally. *ARC acquired from Book Expo America* SUMMARY The Seven Prophets guided humanity until 100 years ago they suddenly disappeared. However, they left one final prophecy depicting the birth of The Last Prophet and an impending Age of Darkness. The Last Prophet would either be the key to stopping the Age of Darkness or would be the catalyst for the world's ruin. Five teenagers' lives are interconnected and they are all key players in what may be the destruction of humanity. Our Five POVs Ephyra: The Pale Hand, a notorious killer that takes the lives of the corrupt Beru: Ephyra's dying sister who is losing all hope Anton: A boy running from his haunted past (and a pretty solid gambler) Hassan: The Crown Prince of Herat, a kingdom recently overtaken by The Witness' Jude: The Keeper of the Word, torn between his prophetic duty and inner desires REVIEW I have so much love for the book and so many thoughts that I have no idea if this review will even be cohesive... but allow me to try. There were many times in this book where I became so overwhelmed and invested in the plot that I had to physically put the book down and walk away from it for a few hours because I was reading too fast to properly comprehend all the details. It gets that intense. All of our characters are very fleshed out, but I will say that Beru is probably the least. This is because she has the least page time and fewest POV chapters. However, knowing her plot line this makes a lot of sense and I feel as though she will be playing a much larger part in the next novel. All of our characters are facing intense inner turmoil and it was so interesting to see how they each approached their problems. Especially since Katy Rose Pool didn't shy away from showing how sometimes the decisions you make are wrong and society is selfish at its core. Ephyra is definitely an anti-hero that is toeing the line of becoming a villian, and Beru is a bystander that has been thrown into a battle she never wanted a part of. Jude has always been told that he is destined for great things, but he harbours so much self-doubt and hatred. Hassan feels powerless and ashamed, while Anton just wants to keep running from his past no matter the cost. All of these children are facing their own problems, but are ultimately all interconnected by a larger fate. There were times when I favoured one POV over another, and there were moments when I became frustrated that a POV ended on a cliffhanger and switched to a completely different POV plot-line. However, it kept me constantly wanting more from the story. I never became bored with the respective story-lines and just wanted each character to succeed. It is funny because my feelings towards each of the characters at the beginning changed vastly at the end. I can state that Jude was my least favourite POV in Part I but by the end of the book he was one of my favourites and I just wanted to protect him at all costs. The plot lines are very intricate and it is so amazing to watch the story unfold. I was constantly coming up with different theories and trying to figure out the true meaning of the Final Prophecy. Katy Rose Pool surprised me so much in all of her plot twists. There were many moments where I would audibly gasp and yell "NO WAY" or "I KNEW IT". This book is steeped in betrayal and corruption, I never knew who to trust because everyone was so morally grey! I love how Pool managed to keep me on my toes, I was constantly craving more of the story. It does take a little while for the story to come together because it starts off with all of our POVs separated. However, once their stories start to clash and intertwine you become hooked. I loved seeing all the characters interact and even begun to ship two of them together (no spoilers but DAMN did I want two of them to kiss). Now, I do not want to give too much away about the magic system and plot BUT I will say that it is reminiscent of The Legend of Korra and I freaking loved it. This world was so richly developed and I loved the aspect of paladins and religion. It didn't feel preachy at all and I was so intrigued by the Heirophant who was trying to rid the world of the powered Graces to make way for a society filled with just the Graceless. I also adored how there was always this impending doom of the Age of Darkness looming over the plot, it added an air of urgency to the plot and made all of the decisions that the characters made even more important. I also want to say that we do have gay representation in this novel with one of our POVs. I thought it was interesting how the story-line was handled because this character was forbidden from having any personal attachments and you saw how their affections fueled inner turmoil. I do want to say quickly that none of the turmoil comes from the fact that they are attracted to someone of the same gender, but instead from the fact that they have romantic feelings at all. Overall, this is an AMAZING debut that left me awe-struck and heartbroken. I can already tell that this will be a trilogy that wrecks my heart. Definitely pre-order it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aly (In Wonderland)

    Jude put his hand over the stone reverently. This was the last oracle stone the Prophets had ever cast. It contained their final prophecy. The prophecy that had been kept secret by the Order of the Last Light for a century. The prophecy that was still incomplete. "The prophecy is unfolding," Captain Weatherbourne said. "The harbingers are here. The Age of Darkness is almost upon us. If we don't find the Last Prophet soon..." There Will Come A Darkness is a must read for anyone hardcore into YA fantasy, pro Jude put his hand over the stone reverently. This was the last oracle stone the Prophets had ever cast. It contained their final prophecy. The prophecy that had been kept secret by the Order of the Last Light for a century. The prophecy that was still incomplete. "The prophecy is unfolding," Captain Weatherbourne said. "The harbingers are here. The Age of Darkness is almost upon us. If we don't find the Last Prophet soon..." There Will Come A Darkness is a must read for anyone hardcore into YA fantasy, prophecies and multiple characters coming together as one. Darkness has been marketed as "for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes" but honestly, this book is so much better than all of those combined. Why? Because it stands on its own. It doesn't need to be compared to other popular YA fantasy novels because There Will Come A Darkness has carved out its own little corner, and it stands strong and proud all on its own. You'll want to read this book because it's fantastic.  There Will Come A Darkness is set in an Ancient Greece inspired setting, and is also heavily influenced by the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but don't let that fool you. Although the inspiration is palpable, the world building and history written in the story is its own thing, and wonderfully done. We follow five separate characters, all from different walks of life, as they come together to try and stop an ancient evil from destroying the world as they know it. Jude, the son of the Keeper of the Word and the heir to that title; Hassan, a lost prince living undercover until he can return home and kill the usurper that captured his family and city; Ephyra, wielding an ancient power, stronger than anyone could ever imagine; her sister, Beru, is the reason behind the deaths of the Pale Hand; Anton is only along for the ride, but finds himself far more involved than he could ever imagine... Each character leads an important storyline and although I thought it would get confusing, it really didn't. Each voice is unique on its own and easily identifiable. When at last they meet, it's the most wonderful interactions I have ever read in a book. I am here for that banter.  "There's a swordsman in the fountain," someone called with mild concern. Two large sailors were already heaving Jude out of the water as Anton dashed over. "This yours?" one asked. Before Anton could answer, they shoved the sopping swordsman at him. Anton stumbled as Jude slung his arms around his neck, blinking up at him. His eyes were grassy green in the light of the courtyard. "The water," he informed Anton gravely, "is not for bathing." The characters are all from different ethnic groups with different sexual orientations. I found myself shipping all the ships and so on board with everything they did. Each plot has its own set of twists and I was blindsided more than once by the drastic turn of events. It kept me hooked from start to finish. There Will Come A Darkness is a story of rogues, paladins, princes and refugees; a classic fantasy expertly woven to interest those new to the genre, and those who are well seasoned in what fantasy has to offer. Hassan was beginning to understand the people who made up the Paladin Guard. All of them, it seemed, had been forsaken by their homes in one way or another. All of them had been touched by turmoil. All of them had sought purpose. In that sense, they weren't so different from him, or from any of the refugees in the agora. I highly, highly, highly recommend you grab this book when it's out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    this sounds so fucking good and I’m here for all of it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I love the cover and title so much but I just could not get into this story. I actually did like the multiple POVs and the writing but the fantasy aspect I couldn’t connect with either. However, I may try and reread it again in the future.

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice Stories with multiple points of view can often be disorienting and hard to get through because the storytelling can feel choppy and skewed to a specific character. That is not the case in There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool. She cultivates this stunning world with an impending age of darkness, and characters who will collide in all sorts of ways to save it, or bring about the destruction. I’ve never felt such an Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice Stories with multiple points of view can often be disorienting and hard to get through because the storytelling can feel choppy and skewed to a specific character. That is not the case in There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool. She cultivates this stunning world with an impending age of darkness, and characters who will collide in all sorts of ways to save it, or bring about the destruction. I’ve never felt such an impending doom, or been so excited for the conflict that is to come as I have been in this book. I felt like the story played out like an intricate game of chess, and as each character moved, you could see the resulting consequences of their actions. There’s plenty more I will say later, but for now let’s get into what this story is about. A quick warning before we continue, this story does have some traumatic events, so if you are easily triggered by themes of assault, death, or torture, this might be a story to approach with caution. In There Will Come a Darkness, seven Prophets guided and united humanity, leaving it free from wars until 100 years ago, when they disappeared. At the time of their disappearance they left one last prophecy, one that tells of an Age of Darkness to come, and a new Prophet who could save it, or bring the world to ruin. With chaos taking hold, five people are destined to cross paths in potentially disastrous ways: a prince exiled from his kingdom, an assassin known as the Pale Hand, a faithful leader torn between duty to the people versus his heart, a gambler with the power to find anyone or anything, and finally, a dying girl who’s ready to give up. One or all of them could bring about the destruction to their world, the question is, what will they choose? The five main characters in this story are Ephyra, Hassan, Jude, Anton, and Beru. We begin in Ephyra’s point of view, and for me was both a brutal and satisfying first scene (as someone who is not easily triggered by assault, death, or torture…at least in books). I’m not sure if I can disclose who exactly these characters are, so in fear of spoiling it, I won’t. What I can tell you is that most of these characters have gone through, or are currently going through some sort of trauma. It’s terrifying, and you get to see how these traumas and happenings are shaping these characters in good or potentially bad ways. It makes the clashes between characters all the more complex and dramatic. The further you go into the story, the more layers you’ll have to unpack, and you may not have all of the pieces of the puzzle. All of these characters display in incredible amount of growth, but this felt especially true for Hassan and Beru. I’ll admit that my favourite character was Anton though. Of all the characters, he put up this strong facade, but was ultimately the most vulnerable. Jude and Ephyra were the ones that frustrated me the most, if only because some of the choices they made were questionable, but definitely had or will have consequences in the future. On the other side of it, that’s what I loved so much about it. It’s all about the choices here. The characters are making moves that may not have an effect upon the current storyline, but somewhere down the line, there is a consequence for their actions. Some characters that you’ll certainly love to hate in this story are the antagonists. They are just as complex as the characters that I had almost missed them…until I wound up with a knife in the ribs. They’re masters of deception, and will break your heart in all kinds of ways, leaving you with a monster of a grudge. There was one particular character I loathed, and it’s because of the psychological trauma they put another character through. You’ll find some romance in this book, a slow ember that will eventually become a roaring blaze. I felt that it was well cultivated and diverse, and I can’t wait to see it continue to grow in the next book. The magic system was so cool, I liked the idea of being graced and of esha. It was interesting, and I felt it was adequately described. The pacing was moderate, and I think it was perfect for the book. If it was any faster, readers might miss something that could be incredibly important to the story. There’s no doubt in my mind that this story is a 10/10. The world building is spectacular and it’s a perfect stormy night or fall time read. It’s a harrowing journey of a cast of characters that may or may not survive until the end, but they’re damn sure going to try. I cannot wait for the sequel, because we’re building up to some epic conflict! Please check it out if you have the opportunity!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    3.5 stars (review to come)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Boston

    Overall this book was good and entertaining, but nothing about it made me love it. Maybe it’s just my memory, but some characters felt flat and underdeveloped and weren’t memorable at all. The plot was unique and somewhat interesting, but even that fell a little flat in the end. Again, the book was entertaining and fun to read, but I probably won’t be reaching to reread it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    Read with Rachel for Friends with ARCs! Pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this story. While there are a few details that either felt similar to other fantasy novels I’ve read or didn’t sit well with me, it was enjoyable on the whole (and a surprisingly quick read considering how long it is).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... My experience with There Will Come a Darkness proved to me that certain books need to be read at the right time. The first time I tried to read this book was right after I had finished The Final Empire and I couldn’t get into it. I was burnt out and had a major book hangover. I needed something light and fast paced, so I wound u You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... My experience with There Will Come a Darkness proved to me that certain books need to be read at the right time. The first time I tried to read this book was right after I had finished The Final Empire and I couldn’t get into it. I was burnt out and had a major book hangover. I needed something light and fast paced, so I wound up setting the book aside. I returned to it when I was ready and I’m really glad that I did because There Will Come a Darkness was one of my most anticipated fall releases and it didn’t disappoint. In the beginning I did struggle a bit because there were five different points of view, each with their own story line. Once I finally got the characters straight I found that I absolutely loved each character in different ways. Ephyra was my favorite because she was a bit morally grey and she would do absolutely anything for her sister. The relationship between her and her sister gave me slight Sadie vibes even, which if you remember my review of Sadie you know how much I loved that book. Once the character’s story lines started to converge I found myself becoming really invested in the story. The characters were developed pretty well and they each found a special place in my heart. The world building was pretty cool too. I thought that the four different Graces were pretty fascinating, but wish that we could have seen more of the Grace of Mind and the special objects that people could make with it, but I have a feeling that we will get more of that in book two. The prophecy was interesting as well. I’ve always found prophecies fascinating and this one was done pretty well and I loved how it played out. This book had some really cool world building, but I hope that the sequel expands upon it a bit more. The plot was really well done. While I did see some of the twists coming, some of them caught me completely off guard. I love how it all came together and found myself pleased with the ending, but also wanting more. I am excited for the sequel because there are so many things that I want to happen next and I can’t wait to see where the story will go after everything that happened in this first installment. I am so glad that I waited to read this story at the right time so that I could appreciate it for what it was. If you like dark fantasies I would highly recommend There Will Come a Darkness.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nora-Kate

    Perfect for fans of: An Ember in the Ashes, Six of Crows, Graceling, Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone.... I mean, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Similarly if you name enough hyped YA fantasy novels you're bound to snag a reader somewhere. Right? Writing a book from hear me: FIVE POVs is as a rule just very hard to do. And if I'm being honest there was maybe an hour there in the beginning that I was thinking, "..uh..uh ..ok.. maybe she's accomplishing someth Perfect for fans of: An Ember in the Ashes, Six of Crows, Graceling, Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone.... I mean, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Similarly if you name enough hyped YA fantasy novels you're bound to snag a reader somewhere. Right? Writing a book from hear me: FIVE POVs is as a rule just very hard to do. And if I'm being honest there was maybe an hour there in the beginning that I was thinking, "..uh..uh ..ok.. maybe she's accomplishing something here." *nods cheekily* But no. Once the story got as far as the 5 main characters' storylines necessarily converging, it felt to me as if they also began to dilute one another into something I couldn't care about. The stakes were there, but the villain was so word-of-mouth through most of the book that they never felt like an actual threat. There were things I could list out that I admired and appreciated, especially in as far as the writing and story structure are concerned, but in the end it just felt yet again, tropey and cliche and unmemorable and just not. special. enough.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Raquel Flockhart

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. DNF at 32%. “His destiny was finally here, and it did not care whether or not he was ready for it.” I tried. I really tried to get into this story, but life it’s too short to force yourself to read books you are not feeling at all. So here we are. There Will Come a Darkness is a YA fantasy story about a world where some people are Graces, which means that they have powers. The Grace of Heart gives strength, speed, senses and agility./>There32%./>DNF ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. DNF at 32%. “His destiny was finally here, and it did not care whether or not he was ready for it.” I tried. I really tried to get into this story, but life it’s too short to force yourself to read books you are not feeling at all. So here we are. There Will Come a Darkness is a YA fantasy story about a world where some people are Graces, which means that they have powers. The Grace of Heart gives strength, speed, senses and agility. The Grace of Mind allows to create objects imbued with unique properties. The Grace of Sight allows to sense and locate living beings. The Grace of Blood gives and takes energy in order to both heal and harm. We have five main characters: Ephyra, Hassan, Jude, Anton, and Beru. Ephyra, also known as the Pale Hand, is a killer with the Grace of Blood willing to do everything in order to save her sister. Hassan is the Prince of Herat and he is now in Pallas Athos after escaping from the Witnesses in Narizah, Herat’s capital. Jude, who has the Grace of Heart, is a member of the Order of the Last Light and the one meant to protect the Last Prophet. Anton is a gambler and a scryer with the Graze of Sight. Beru is Ephyra’s sister and a girl with a strange sickness. The lives of these five character are about to be intertwine when the Last Prophet, secretly foretold by the Seven Prophets before disappearing a hundred years ago, is found. And if that last prophecy is to be believed, the Last Prophet will be either the world’s salvation or the cause of its destruction. The premise of this book is very intriguing, but I ended up founding the same elements and the same tropes as in the majority of the YA fantasy books. I liked the concept of this story and the diversity included, but I couldn’t connect with the characters and the world-building was quite scarce. Also, reading insta-love in the very second chapter of one particular POV didn’t help either. Overall, There Will Come a Darkness wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s not that it’s a bad book, it’s just that this isn’t a book for me. Maybe I just need to take a little break from YA fantasy books because I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve been reading the same kind of plot devices and tropes lately. “You can spend your entire life looking over your shoulder, waiting for your past to catch up to you. Or you can stop running and finally face it.” P.S.: I'm not English, so if you see any mistakes let me know so I can correct them, please.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I won an ARC for this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, it fell as flat as most recent YA Fantasy books. Authors seem to want to compare all their debuts to Six of Crows and have multiple POV's when they would better benefit from having just one. The one character who should've gotten that POV in this book is Ephyra, because she was the only interesting character. Everyone else was a copy & paste character. None of them had any I won an ARC for this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, it fell as flat as most recent YA Fantasy books. Authors seem to want to compare all their debuts to Six of Crows and have multiple POV's when they would better benefit from having just one. The one character who should've gotten that POV in this book is Ephyra, because she was the only interesting character. Everyone else was a copy & paste character. None of them had any unique qualities and the only reason I could tell who's POV I was reading is because they were labeled. I also didn't really care about the plot. It gave too much information at once and none of it was very interesting and the dialogue and character interactions seemed forced and out of place.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I came to this book from an interview with the author on the Fictitious podcast. The author made it sound interesting enough to give it a try. Five protagonists live in a fantasy world about to plunge into a long-prophesied Age of Darkness and whose roles are mentioned in the final prophecy of the previous age. Civilization is largely based on "Graces", magical powers that run in certain families. The Age of Darkness predicts an end to Grace. We follow Ephyra, who has the Grace of Blood and h I came to this book from an interview with the author on the Fictitious podcast. The author made it sound interesting enough to give it a try. Five protagonists live in a fantasy world about to plunge into a long-prophesied Age of Darkness and whose roles are mentioned in the final prophecy of the previous age. Civilization is largely based on "Graces", magical powers that run in certain families. The Age of Darkness predicts an end to Grace. We follow Ephyra, who has the Grace of Blood and her sister Beru whose kept alive by Ephyra's Grace. There's also Anton with the Grace of Sight who's been running for his life for years. Prince Hassan whose country has just been invaded by anti-Grace religious fantatics and Jude, the new Keeper of the Word, a paladin pledged to avert the Age of Darkness. Their interactions are key to the prophecy and whether civilization will fall. So the obvious comparison here is to the Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows books, in that it's a YA fantasy from multiple point of view characters, each of which have a rich history. I think the Bardugo books are better, but I think the Bardugo books are better than the most of the YA genre. I think the characters in this are great, the plot is interesting, but maybe the world-building could have been more detailed. Other than the setting with diverse racial and sexual elements of the society, I couldn't pick much to make it stand out from other fantasy societies. That being said, the idea of a civilization based around people with Grace abilities is an interesting one, and I wish this had been more explored. Perhaps in the rest of the series. The main fear I had with this is the curse of the YA genre ie., cliffhangers, particularly as the peril ramps towards the end of the book. Thankfully the book mostly avoids that by coming to a good climax-for-now, but keeping plenty of action for upcoming books. Not bad, and I'll likely read the next.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kat Cho

    So lucky I got to read an early version of this book! A fresh, intricate and beautiful new fantasy world. If you love classic epic fantasies but also hunger for a fresh take, then you'll love this book. Beautiful world building, deep and flawed and wonderful characters that will make your heart ache, and action that had me holding my breath! I cannot wait to read more in this series.

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