There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness Series #1)

There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness Series #1)

by Katy Rose Pool


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Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows meets Kristin Cashore's Graceling, with a dash of Winter is Coming, in this showstopping debut YA fantasy!

“A can’t miss debut from an exciting new talent.” –Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Slayer

"If you've been waiting for the next big fantasy series, it has arrived." —The Amazon Book Review

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. With chaos on the horizon, 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? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.

Praise for There Will Come a Darkness

“Even in a world filled with graces and prophets, the real magic of There Will Come a Darkness is in how Pool has crafted her heroes—messy, flawed, and so beguilingly human. I dare you not to fall madly in love with all of them.” —Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess

* "A well-crafted, surprising, and gripping start to a new trilogy." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250211750
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Katy Rose Pool's Age of Darkness Series , #1
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 15,202
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Katy Rose Pool was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in history, Katy spent a few years building websites by day and dreaming up prophecies by night. Currently, she resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she can be found eating breakfast sandwiches, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and reading books that set her on fire. There Will Come a Darkness is her first novel.

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There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
miareese 3 months ago
2.5 stars I definitely think I'll be in the minority on this one. I don't know what it was about this book that made me feel ambivalent towards it, so it's going to be hard for me to write out my thoughts in a concise manner. Everything about this book pointed towards me loving it; a group of misfits, outcasts, whatever you want to call them, in whose hands rests the fate of the world; a beautiful, distinctive writing style; lush worldbuilding. Everything I've just mentioned is a huge plus and is true about this novel! However, I ultimately think it came down to my inability to feel emotionally invested or connected to these characters. For the most part, they didn't really distinguish themselves from each other and I just never felt them. I'm sure many people will love this story, and I don't want to deter anyone from picking it up because I think it has everything that constitutes a hit. This book and I just didn't have chemistry, and that's okay.
pineappletop92 3 months ago
This book has completely stolen my heart. When I first came across it, I discovered it on Edelweiss and the cover is what clearly caught my eye. And seriously, bravo to the designer and publishing team for so encapsulating this story in such a poignant design for the cover. I then read the title, the summary, and just went “yes.” I couldn’t stop thinking about it and when I found out that Katy Rose Pool was going to be at BookCon, I started reading it sooner than anticipated and have zero regrets. (And yes I stalked met her outside of a panel she was doing and she was sweet and wonderful and I couldn’t have been happier). With a cast of characters that steal your heart away and a breathtaking world that is built upon my dreams (or so it seems), this book is just…everything. There Will Come a Darkness instantly captured me from the start. It pulled me into its world, which is gorgeously imagined and feels like it has roots in our own ancient civilizations, but with some magical twists, of course. It is dark and full of action, intrigue and suspense. The history of the world is incredible, and is brought into the storyline so naturally I could cry. And the five different characters’ storylines all twist and turn and converge with one another’s in varying ways that makes for a powerful novel that is a true work of art. Of all the perspective characters, I have to say Anton and Hassan are my definite favorites. Jude took some time to grow on me, and I think my only regret was that Beru didn’t have as much page-time. I think Ephyra annoyed me the most, because she was so single-minded about her goals that she did not stop to care or think about what anyone else wanted, even her own sister, for whom she did everything. However, considering that there are two more books to see her grow and change in, I'm hoping that my current opinion about Ephyra will eventually be altered. But like I said, I loved Anton and Hassan and by the end I think Jude ended up being a favorite too after seeing his character growth as well. They are all just such complex characters who struggle with so much inner turmoil of fear and self-doubt, and watching them grow and both give into and overcome these detriments was such a strong aspect of this story. I always say my favorite part of any book is its characters, and they are definitely what made me fall in love with this book for sure. This book. Honestly. I just have so few words for it right now because I think I might be in a daze from it. Part of me is glad I took such a long time to read it (combination of having to read other things first and not wanting it to end), because I just know it’s going to stick with me longer because of it. (I’m not saying reading fast is bad, just that I usually forget details more easily when I do that). And it better because now I have to wait…some indeterminate amount of time until the next book. And seriously. I am ready for it.
Cornerfolds 3 months ago
What. A. Ride. I requested a copy of There Will Come a Darkness without knowing much about it, but I had a gut feeling that I was going to love it. It actually took me a couple tries to get into this book, but once I did, I was all in! There Will Come a Darkness is told from five points of view. Hassan is a prince living in another city after his is taken hostage. Ephyra is the Pale Hand, a healer who has the power to take lives. Beru is Ephyra's sister, sick and in constant need of healing. Anton has the gift of sight and is on the run from his past. Jude is the leader of a faithful army that hasn't been seen in a hundred years. They're all affected in some way by the Witnesses, a radicalized group looking to wipe the Graced off the planet. I'm usually not one for multiple POV stories, but this one was a perfect balance. I'm not quite sure how Katy Rose Pool won me over, honestly, but she made me care deeply about each of these characters and their stories. I loved that this wasn't one of those books where every single thread comes together into a perfect little bow. Each character wasn't important to the story, but as individuals also. I did really enjoy that no romantic plot overshadowed the story, although there was a little romance sprinkled throughout. In addition to five incredible characters, the world is also wonderfully crafted. There are several distinct cultures and each one is clearly defined. There seem to be inspirations from multiple real cultures although I can't put my finger on them and I don't want to try in case I end up saying something dumb. The mythology of the Prophets was really interesting and the magical system of the Graced was definitely unique. As I mentioned, this book took a little bit to get up to speed, but once it did I was fully invested. The story isn't non-stop action, but switching between POVs made it feel like there was always something important happening and I never felt bored. The ending was certainly a bit of cliffhanger, but it was wrapped up nicely enough that it didn't absolutely kill me. If you are a fan of interesting magical systems, well built worlds, and dark fantasy, you're definitely going to want to pick this up! I'm not sure how I'm going to wait a whole year because I'm already dying to see what happens in book two!
LeonardR 4 months ago
This book does need to be viewed as the opening act of a three parter so the bigger picture here is whether this book has the strong start necessary to carry the reader to with what will be eventually the middle, leading ultimately (and hopefully) to a strong finish. If this is a future Netflix series then the Season 1, as I will call it here, gets the 5 stars. If this instead is destined for the silver screen then it drops half a star (maybe 1 full star). OK, so the story starts out simple: Ephyra simply wants to find a cure for her ill sister Beru. The temporary fix to keep her alive literally requires some soul search and therefore not something that will give her any popularity award. But the world thereafter builds and builds. After the first 5 chapters I was pressed to create a little cheat sheet so I could remember all the characters and their respective side characters. In addition to Ephyra with Beru you have: Hassan with Aunt Lethia, Azizi, Khepri; Anton with Cosima, Stefanos, Darius, Illya, a mystery woman (Mrs. Tappan); Jude with Penrose, Hector Navarro, and Captain Weatherbourne; and the Hierophant with the Witnesses. Soon thereafter Jude becomes linked with Andreas, Yarik, Annuka, and Borshiri. Whew, did I get them all? The main story becomes The Hierophant, who is a zealot baddie that wants to rearrange the world the way he sees fit and is taking over the cities, one by one with his minion Witnesses. He’s already gotten control of Prince Hassan’s world (who is secretly hiding elsewhere with his Aunt Lethia). On another part of the world you have Jude and his band that are seeking out The Last Prophet in order to prevent the Age of Darkness from occurring (for which the Hierophant is likely having a hand in creating). Then Anton, well….he is portrayed as a young frightened kid that is simply running away from his problems and people that are chasing him down for reasons that eventually get revealed. Some people have magic abilities called Graces, some don’t. Irrespective of whether a character is Graced or not, many of the characters appear to be flawed and held back from showing their true potentials because of insecurities, temptations, and overall lack of confidence. Somehow all the characters’ stories get interwoven and connected. If they all happened to meet at the same time and coordinated their efforts in saving the world, this would probably be an over and done short story but as these characters continuously appear to get sidetracked from their main purpose, the reader ends up following three or four separate paths on a journey that will take 2 more books to complete. There are surprises, twists and turns, along the way to keep the reader interested. You will have your share of magic and adventure. Romance is kept to a minimum here.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Any book that is described as Six of Crows meets Game of Thrones will entice any fantasy fan! Katy Rose Pool’s debut novel There will Come a Darkness is attributed with those qualities! In this world, a prophecy brings to life five characters. The point of view jumps between a young prince, two sisters with mysterious powers, a warrior/leader, and a seeker. The characters are complex with good and bad qualities, and the reader is left wondering who will survive and who will bring about this magical world’s destruction. Although I didn’t find any of the plot twists surprising, there was enough suspense to keep me reading. One aspect I found inconsistent was the world-building. It seemed to be modeled after Ancient Greece, which I liked, but then one of the main characters was dubbed Hector Navarro and another Jude Weatherbourne.  All in all, the book is engaging, but not an epic fantasy anywhere near the same class as the books to which it is attributed.
magicalreads7 4 months ago
4.75 stars I’ll admit, I put off There Will Come a Darkness for a minute because I was scared that I wouldn’t like it as much as the hype said I should. However, this was no such case; this book was amazing, just truly amazing. I was hooked by page 50, and I blinked and was suddenly two-thirds into the book and didn’t even realize. A stunning debut, There Will Come a Darkness will capture your attention with its brilliant worldbuilding, amazing characters, and lovely prose. I don’t even think I can verbalize how much I loved this book. It was just so good in every way. When I finished it, I just sat in silence for a minute to process what I had just witnessed. There are five different points of view, and there was never a chapter I didn’t want to read. The characters are so amazing. I love all of them with my whole heart: Anton, my dumbass son who keeps making such BAD decisions; Ephyra, my murdering daughter who likewise would do anything for her sister; Beru, my resilient daughter who likewise would do the same for Ephyra; Hassan, another one of my dumbass sons who makes WORSE decisions; and Jude, my gay son who’s just trying to live his life and follow his duty at the cost of his heart. This book was similar to Six of Crows in that it’s a cast of characters coming together while also slowly unveiling their backstories. However, this book is different in that these characters don’t really know each other, and some of them don’t even meet each other until the last quarter of the book. I do think that fans of SoC will love this book, but I want to emphasize: do not assume this will be the exact same book. They’re different books. The worldbuilding is so cool! I loved reading about the Seven Prophets and their different cities, the graces, and the religion surrounding it all. I found it similar to the Queen’s Thief series in that the author took inspiration from Greece/Rome/Egypt (more about the worldbuilding here) and made it her own thing. The graces were an interesting touch that added some magic to this world. They’re definitely an underlying factor that affects everything in this book without being overly dependent on their powers. The writing is so amazing; it’s so pretty but also doesn’t go into too much detail. Much like the Three Fates, Pool weaves the five narratives with deft fingers to form a complex tapestry of events, prophecies, and love. The fact that this book is her debut is simply astounding. I can’t wait to see more from her! There Will Come a Darkness stuns and amazes; you’ll be left in awe of the complex plot and wondrous writing. The worldbuilding is also just simply astounding; Pool draws inspiration from our world and makes it her own. Fans of Leigh Bardugo will love this debut; don’t miss out on There Will Come a Darkness!
marongm8 4 months ago
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Henry Holt and Co. in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I could not believe all the excitement in this book. I was expecting this book to go in a very different direction but as I read on, I could not stop. I was hooked from the very beginning. All of the characters were so intriguing. The plot was so fascinating and the theme and conflict was literally to die for. Each page was a new path in the story that lead to unexpected surprises and shocking turn of events. Katy Rose Pool has such an exciting writing style and I really hope she considers making this a series because I know a lot of our patrons including our teen book club will really be invested in the series and will be begging to know what will happen next. We will consider adding this title to our YFantasy collection in our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Caroldaz 4 months ago
The story had a slow start as a great deal of information was given and there were many POVs. This is an epic fantasy which I am sure will be very popular. I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would but I would still like to read the next in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
bayy245 4 months ago
This book was a pretty early DNF for me. It started immediately with 5 separate POVs right after another. People were comparing it to Six of Crows and I got excited. However, to be a good book, whether multiple POVs or not, the reader should be able to read a passage of prose and know, without being told, that this is said character. There Will Come a Darkness failed at that. I never knew who was speaking as the characters were indistinguishable. They had very distinctly different backgrounds but their voices were identical. This didn't help the whiplash of 5 POVs right out of the gate and I could never get a grip on the story. Nothing held my attention or really grabbed me. The world and its problems were unique and interesting but the characters didn't come close to holding their own. It was a struggle to read any chapter and I found myself having to go back and look for specific details to remember who I was reading about. I had to link defining characteristics to names as I couldn't tell the voices apart. A book shouldn't require that much effort on the reader's end. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Henry Holt and Co. through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
BookishBecca 4 months ago
What an exciting, stunning, and original debut! There will Come A Darkness truly surprised me. It has complex and well-developed characters and plotlines, as well as a magic system and a world that is one of the best I've ever read. You couldn't help but get immersed in this world Katy Rose Pool has created and become emotionally invested in these characters. I truly couldn't get enough. Pool is a writer to watch. I truly cannot wait for the next installment. This book is perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and Six of Crows