Review of There Will Come a Darkness

There Will Come a Darkness [Age of Darkness]
by Katy Rose Pool
High School    Holt    485 pp.
9/19    978-1-250-21175-0    $19.99

A prophecy foretells that an “age of darkness” will come down upon the land unless a new prophet can prevent it. This time of reckoning throws the story’s diverse cast of five young protagonists into danger they’d never imagined. Ephyra and Beru are sisters; one is deathly ill and the other is a deadly killer. They meet Anton, a reckless gambler running from his past, in the classical city of Pallas Athos. Meanwhile, Hassan, an exiled crown prince, is hiding in Pallas Athos; and the paladin Jude believes he has found the new prophet. Their paths all converge in this daring, epic fantasy adventure, in which the characters face betrayals, inescapable destinies, and intense trials of faith. Pool has crafted an intricate story line that includes many different points of view; chapters alternate characters’ perspectives. Everyone has an important role to play, and the tension only grows as fate brings them all together (a sprinkling of romance keeps the intense plot from feeling too grim). Readers will be eager for a sequel.

From the January/February 2020 Horn Book Magazine.

Sarah Berman

Sarah Berman is a middle school special education assistant. She attended the University of St. Andrews, where she studied literature and wrote a dissertation about violence in children's fiction. 

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