Prince Dalca was born for one purpose: to protect his home from the Storm, a deadly force that surrounds his city and curses everyone it touches. Vesper Vale is the daughter of failed revolutionaries. Since the Queen sentenced her mother to death by the Storm, she and her father have been on the run. So when the queen’s soldiers – led by Prince Dalca – catch up to Vesper’s father, she will do whatever it takes to save him from sharing her mother’s cruel fate. Even arm herself with her father’s book of dangerous experimental magic. Even infiltrate the prince’s elite squad of soldier-sorcerers. Even cheat her way into his cold heart. But when Vesper learns that there’s more to the story of her mother’s death, and that her home is in dire peril, she has little choice: trust the devious prince with her family’s secrets, or follow her mother’s footsteps into the Storm…
What a beautiful cover. I fell in love straight away. But the blurb just sounded so intriguing that I had to read the book straight away. Sunya Mara has a great writing style. I couldn’t put the book down and I finished the book in a day. The plot was well thought out and it was easy to follow. However, there were also a few points that bothered me while reading or that I found a bit illogical. The ending was also a bit abrupt, but because of the Cliffhnager I definitely want to know how it will continue.
The idea of the magic, the storm and the layout of the city worked really well here and I was able to picture a lot of things. Unfortunately, the characters remained a bit pale the whole time. They weren’t tangible for me and I didn’t understand some of the interactions at all. Between Dalca and Vesper I missed the complete attraction. Sometimes I had the feeling that there was more between Vesper and Cas than between Dalca and Vesper. I’m definitely excited to see what’s to come in Book two. In general, I would have liked a bit more information for the secondary characters. The story of the great king was explained very well and made me really curious as the story progressed.
All in all, the Darkening was an interesting and good book. I’m also quite curious about the second part and how the whole plot will end after this Cliffhanger. The potential is definitely there and I’m curious what the author will make of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read Fantasy books.
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