There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness, #1)

by Katy Rose Pool

'A masterful fantasy debut' Sebastien de Castell


For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity - until they disappeared, one hundred years ago.

They left behind a 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 a dark new power rises, five souls are set on a collision course that will determine the fate of their world:

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 saviour or destroyer?

'Unforgettable . . . feels both utterly original and like the best of classic fantasy' Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand

'A well-crafted, surprising and gripping start to a new trilogy' Kirkus

'Katy Rose Pool combines lovable characters, a gorgeously tangible world and an intricate puzzle-box plot to create a story that will pull you inexorably toward the explosive end' Sarah Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless

Reviewed by layawaydragon on

3 of 5 stars

Not bowled over, but a worthy step in the right direction.

Came for the queer fantasy and...mostly got it. I'd love for some sapphic rep or at least a gay couple on main though considering the straights have one right away.

There's 5 main POVs. Two are sisters with no romantic attachments, one prince with a soldier girl romance, and two boys that like boys though they don't meet until the end and neither have partners.

Of the two gay male characters, one's a flirt and the other is kinda sorta struggling with having any romantic feelings vs religious duty. No guilt about being gay per say, but people might say it's a distinction without a difference. YMMV.

There are also an adorable husband couple in the background cast.

Love the vigilante justice in the beginning. The Pale Hand kept me reading when I was bored with Jude's irresponsible whiny guilt re: Hector and Anton's drawn out mystery.

The surprise ending is perfect villain backstory and what I'm mostly excited in pursuing. The thread I like makes it like The Bone Witch with less world building, more POV characters, and messy drama.

I think the next one is going to have more going on from the get go and is going to be gayer, so I'll try continuing.

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