There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness, #1)
by Katy Rose Pool
Published on September 3, 2019
by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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 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?
I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
There Will Come a Darkness was one of my past Can’t Wait Wednesday picks; when I saw the publisher was giving away ARCs at Comic-Con, I was all over it. I haven’t seen anything like the plot before: it’s end of the world prophetic doom which also explores systematic oppression and extremist views. But there’s also themes of loyalty and ethics, with a dash of adventure and even some humor.
There Will Come a Darkness is compulsively readable. The pace never lets up as the five main character’s paths all meet in a city being overrun by an extremist group called the Witnesses, led by a man only known as the Heirophant. The Heirophant is leading his followers against the Graced, people who are held in high regard for their otherworldly abilities. Gifted by the mysterious Prophets, the Graced are given positions of power, becoming almost godly.
The world building is excellent. Palas Athos feels like it’s modeled after several ancient civilizations but is its own unique place, filled with its own customs, beliefs, foods, and recreational activities. This is a place you feel could have existed. I was invested in the plot from the first page.
The systematic oppression of refugees by the people of Palas Athos and, later, the Graced by the Witnesses is introduced early on. As the Witnesses bear down on the Graced, the conflict rises. The conflict reminded me of X-Men with the way people viewed mutants. There are several twists that happen along the way. Some I called. The two that I did not were like a gut punch.
Where the book loses its footing actually falls with the cast of characters. Anton was my favorite of the cast; a lot has happened to him, so he hides behind humor. Some of his snarky comments made me smile. However, as is the case with a large cast of characters, some of the points of view were more interesting than others. This is not the fault of the book though. Each character has a fully realized back story and cause. There is just so much going on that I would forget about certain points of view until the character was reintroduced.
There’s no way around it: there are some definite Six of Crows vibes with There Will Come a Darkness. Without getting into spoilers, some of the character traits and even dialogue were very SoC. But There Will Come a Darkness has a lot of promise that is not like Six of Crows that makes it a solid read. The setup for the next book is in place and I can’t wait to read it.