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The Darkness (The Spectrum Trilogy #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Within the shadows of darkness two women clash in a vicious battle that has been fought since the days of King Solomon – the fight over a child. One woman unleashes the nightmarish arsenal of modern science while the other dispatches the hellish weaponries of witchcraft. The rope in this deadly game of tug-of-war is Adam. In the grips of one woman Adam inherits the genes o ...more
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Jan 26, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buyer Beware! ..Your in for a fantastic, refreshing read!
A rare dark tale filled with action, fantasy, science, mystery and magic.

The characters are unique and promising.
Artemisia is a fantastic character. She's a new favorite for me, but Adam stole the show with his personality and "gift". Artemisia and Adam have such a fascinating chemistry, you'll feel compelled to know their story. This is a book you won't be able to put down. I had a hard time dragging my eyes away for the few times I ne
Michelle Castillo
The Darkness by Crystal Connor has to be one of the best book I have read this year. Once I started I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Crystal Connor does such wonderful job in creating a world that you are immediately engulfed in. The characters are well written and you can't help but care and worry about what happens to them. This book has everything a reader looks for in a great book, drama, mystery and action with a little touch of magic and love. Anyone who picks up this book will ...more
April R
Jan 13, 2011 April R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a while for the juiciness of the plot to get going, but once it did, I was not able to put this one down. There are never any apologies made for the immoral acts that appear in this book. As a matter of fact, the protagonist specifically doesn't apologize for what she does. It almost makes the ending come as a surprise.

This book gripped me and left me with lots of questions about humanity. As another reviewer said, it felt like reading a Dean Koontz novel. Specifically, one I remember re
I Heart Dark  Arts
The Darkness is a really quick paced Sci-Fi/Horror novel that has a lot of fantasy as well. It was a blast to read. I always root for the villain/monster/bad guy and The Darkness gave me a female super villain that I couldn't get enough of...Artemisia! She's ruthless and vain beyond reason. She doesn't apologize for anything she is the ultimate anti-hero.

There is also a very wicked witch in The Darkness who powers are so great the last place on earth she'll ever be is tied to a burning stake. In
Jan 05, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Chiller with a Twist

It was such a long time ago in a land very far away. This is a chiller when you think about the fights that take place over a little baby. They both want him and neither should have him. They fight each other to see who can hurt the most and in the end it is the child that cries. Are you into reading science fiction stories that have mystical powers with real life science at work? Is possible to mix the two types and have a story that is worth reading? Yes, this book title

The Darkness, Crystal Connor's debut novel, is an interesting blend of dark fantasy bordering on horror, science fiction and urban fantasy that completely does away with traditional genre categories. In fact, it does away with a lot of other elements traditionally found in speculative fiction and literature in general, such as the portrayal of motherhood, womanhood and characters of color. Like a lot of debut novels, there are quite a few things to praise here, but also a few to nitpick.

The open
Mar 20, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I rate books, and it seems to me the prevailing factor has become how much it grips me and keeps me interested. There are books that are great, maybe even critically acclaimed that I would have no problem putting down and picking up a month later. Then there are books that when I put them down, I can’t stop thinking about them and seize the very next opportunity to pick them up again. The Darkness by Crystal Connor was one of the best of these, and that’s the d ...more
M.L. John
Sep 19, 2011 M.L. John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crystal Connor recently sent me a copy of her first novel, The Darkness. In my house it’s always an exciting proposition when a book comes in the mail. My family just can’t seem to grasp the concept of how this book review thing works. There’s always a discussion about it.
“You got a book in the mail? Why?”
“She just sent you a book in exchange for you writing about it? For free?”
Eventually, after dinner I got my kids calmed down and I settled in to read. There is a warning in the front of the bo
Alyssa Nelson
It started off slowly, but a quarter of the way in, I was completely interested in the story. The Darkness deals with a mixture of super technology and dark witchcraft, which I found intriguing. The writing was more factual than I generally like (a lot of telling, very little showing), but I got used to it and didn't find it as annoying once I started reading more. Overall, I think this is an entertaining story that remains suspenseful until the very end.

However, the characterization wasn't enou
Aug 03, 2011 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crystal Connor's The Darkness is that rare blend of science fiction and horror, mixing science, magic, religion, and philosophy, that actually works as well as the premise would have you expect.

Initially, I found the first part of the book a little confusing, because it bounces around through the timeline, and between character viewpoints, often without any immediate clues. Once I settled in, however, and got used to the narrative voices, I quite enjoyed the slow reveal of the mystery.

Adam is a
Sep 18, 2011 Valentina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique book. The subject matter is very different from what we are used to reading, even in the paranormal genre.
The storyline is complex, with many different lives intertwining. It moves back and forth between the past and the present, which gives it a nice flow. What I enjoyed most about it, though, was the inclusion of many aspects of ceremonial magick. As a practitioner myself, it was gratifying to read about it from someone who obviously did her research. In so many books the aut
Lori Titus
Oct 24, 2011 Lori Titus rated it it was amazing
The Darkness is one of those rare stories that can combines science with magic. The story is a brew of secrets, deception, and power wielded between two women who share their love for one little boy.

Adam is the creation of a group of scientists that seek power any way that they can obtain it. Genetically engineered, without parents, and subsisting in a lab where he is constantly watched and studied, Adam's chances at life appear bleak. What his captors never expected was that the boy would wield
Sep 29, 2011 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book takes what we know is happening with scientific experiments and mixes it with what we think may be happening and what we fear to imagine happening , especially in the hands of the military - any military. It will hold you in its grip until its unexpected conclusion. I say unexpected because of all the ways I saw this ending I had not come to the one given. The author really does an excellent job at bringing out the dilemma of Solomon and the two mothers. The story line I found to be so ...more
William Bentrim
Oct 16, 2011 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-swap
The Darkness by Crystal Connor

A science experiment interacts with the occult with bizarre consequences.

Adam is the child turned young man upon which this story revolves. Adam’s welfare and abilities challenge both science and witchcraft represented by his conflicted mothers.

Amoral behavior is characteristic of practically all the participants in this adventure. Any altruistic actions seems to morph into self serving indulgence. I found no likeable characters in the book. Intriguing, mystifying
Andy Angel
Jan 20, 2011 Andy Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artemisia and Inanna - one a woman of science, one a woman of powerful and dark magics. Both have everything they want out of life except one thing - a child.
The Child - the result of scientific experiment is what links these two women and divides them in battle.
The Darkness is an excellently written first novel by Crystal Connor, a story that keeps you guessing with every twist and turn. The science and the mystical magic are believable, the characters stand out as 3 dimensional and I for one
Nov 19, 2012 OrchardBookClub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this book but only because it's not the sort of book that I would normally pick up and read, but once I got into the story and the fabulous way that Crystal Conner describes the charactors I couldn't put it down!
This book has it all. Heartache, Suspense, Murder & Witchcraft with a lot of Genetics thrown into it.

The Darkness is the story of Adam, a brilliant and gifted young boy who everyone loves, including two women who he calls Mother - but all is not as it
Kyanara Night
Sep 27, 2011 Kyanara Night rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 24, 2013 Amani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. I had to force myself to put it down to do other things. I found the strong female characters great and some women I could certainly learn to hate lol
David Watson
Aug 29, 2015 David Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artemisia has devoted her life to science, alchemy and jewelry. Family wasn’t as important to her as trying to obtain forbidden knowledge. She is a founding member of The Skyward Group which is a team of scientists working on top-secret projects. Artemisia’s main goal is to learn how god thinks and play god herself. There is another woman like her named Inanna. Inanna is a powerful witch who also has everything she wants and desires to be more god like. The one thing that neither has is a child. ...more
WOW Crystal Connor's writing is always uniquely creative and she never fails to capture my attention and this book was no exception. I truly think this is the best thing she has ever written.
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The Darkness takes science and magic to a whole new level. The way the author blends science fiction and fantasy with medical experimentation is brilliant. And she does it brilliantly... this story is weaved together in such a way that it captures you with the prologue and doesn't let go ....
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Aug 20, 2012 A.F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Darkness by Crystal Connor is an intriguing and entertaining book that mixes fantasy and science fiction by juxtaposing the concept of black magic against mad science. It melds corporate power against dark arcane might, each side led by a strong female protagonist.

The book chronicles the lives of two women, Artemisia, an influential businesswoman and scientist and Inanna, a powerful and dangerous witch. Their lives intersect through a child they both claim as their son. Eventually it is his
Jun 13, 2013 Jaime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book one of the Spectrum trilogy contains a harmonious blend of fantasy and science fiction. Witches, scientists, and magic all take turns in the spotlight in this horror novel, but with so much going on, one may prepare themselves to get confused, but the disorientation never kicks in because Connor executes the story flawlessly. The one of a kind, compelling plot encompasses two bold, strong as nails heroines who we can thank for making this gripping book original and for scaring the heck out ...more
Cerece Murphy
Aug 08, 2013 Cerece Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending of this book makes you want to flip to the beginning and start reading all over again just to rediscover all the clues you missed. The Darkness is heavily layered in magic and mythology that is reexamined in a fresh new way. I thoroughly enjoyed this journey and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Crystal Connor
Jan 28, 2011 Crystal Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Ta-da! My 1st novel =D

Because I am the author of this book I am not going to write a review because that would be like totally cheating!
Gwenyth Love
Did not finish. I just could not get into this book at all. The writing was awkward and I couldn't force myself to continue.
Jan 30, 2011 Readingmylifeaway rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At best, the story was mediocre, no emotional connections could be made, missing substance, characters lacking that 'something' that makes them real to the reader. VERY disappointing.
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I grew up telling spooky little campfire style stories at slumber parties. We’d make a tent in the bedroom, and the only source of light would be from a flashlight that was about to die. I’d tell my tale of doom and then while everyone was jumping at the tree branch scraping against the window and I’d be sound asleep!

I served my country in the United States Navy working as a boiler technician on b
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