Crown of Darkness
Author: Bec McMaster
What I’m Talking About:
Crown of Darkness is the second story in the must-be-read-in-order Dark Court Rising fantasy series. Just a heads up on this one – it ends in what I would call a cliffhanger, with much of the story left up in the air and unfinished. Because of this, I would place this series firmly in the fantasy genre, with romantic elements, and not in the romance genre. Again, this book is the continuation of a plotline that began with the first book, Promise of Darkness, so there will be spoilers from the first book in my review.
The story opens three months after the conclusion of the previous book, with Vi dreaming of a child left in the woods. She’s been having nightmares, and she and Thiago believe it is tied to her bargain with Mother of Night and that she must give up her first born if she does not bring the Old One the Crown of Shadows. The pair are searching for the mythical crown while trying to cement allies in preparation of the coming war with Queen Adaia, Vi’s mother.
Crown of Darkness is a wonderful story with an interesting plot and exciting action. I continue to be amazed by Ms. McMaster’s excellent storytelling and world-building. The story unfolds with each scene establishing another layer in the complex and rich plot. With each scene, we learn more about the world and characters via character interactions; as they reveal more of themselves and open up to each other, we learn much. As the story goes on, those bits and layers start to weave together so readers experience the larger picture. And once again, the author surprises me with smart and emotional twists; I was so absorbed in the story that I really didn’t see something big coming.
Vi and Thiago’s romance continues to build. Vi still has large gaps in her memories from the thirteen years her mother tortured her, but she is adjusting and recalling bits and pieces. Both Vi and Thiago carry secrets that weigh heavily, and I am thankful we witness the pair sharing these burdens and growing closer, stronger. Each also learns to embrace their true nature as the couple grows closer.
I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but I since I was warned ahead of time (for which I’m glad), I was prepared and am confident that all will be resolved soon. The story climaxes and concludes at a logical place, but not at the end… and there is SO MUCH left unresolved. This is why I ended up giving the book a B+ rather than an A-… it was hard for me to rate given that the story isn’t over, but it’s still a good one.
In the end, I highly recommend the Dark Court Rising series for fans of fantasy romance. It’s a dark, intricate world, filled with wonderful storylines, exciting action, and complex characters.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
Thiago and Iskvien survived a dangerous curse, but will they survive the coming war?
True love will face the ultimate challenge when a dark goddess rises, secrets threaten to tear them apart, and a queen will stop at nothing to gain revenge.
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Publisher: Lochaber Press Pty Ltd
Series: Dark Court Rising #2
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds
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Reviews in the Series:
Promise of Darkness by Bec McMaster (Dark Court Rising #1)