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Dreams of Darkness Rising

(Prism #1-2)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Prisms of Power - ancient artefacts made by a long dead race containing terrifying magic.

The Ghasts - dark wizards who have surrendered their souls for the might of un-death.

Emelia is trapped in servitude to uncaring and haughty masters. When tragedy strikes, strange powers emerge within her - powers of the Wild-magic, sorcery reviled by the elemental orders. Escaping
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Published July 23rd 2011
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Pauline Ross
[Note: the publisher has reformatted the book into two volumes, Book 1: Chained, and Book 2: Quest. This review refers to the original combined edition. Book 2 has an additional Prologue and Epilogue.]

It's always a pleasure to come across a richly imagined secondary world, and the author has produced a terrific example here. There are whole continents, mountains, islands with realistic climates and distances worked out; there are humans with clearly differentiated races; there are cities and kee
Carlie Cullen
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always loved fantasy so when this book was recommended to me by a friend, I jumped at the chance to read it. I expected it to be good, but it wasn’t – it was fantastic!

Emelia is an impoverished girl who was sold into servitude by her island-dwelling parents. She works hard, dreams a great deal, and has a sassy side (although she doesn’t dare show it at the beginning). She has a voice in her head (Emebaka), an alter-ego of sorts, who often encourages her to step outside her comfort zone yet
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.

It tells the story of a young girl who is sold into a form of servitude, amounting to slavery, who eventually rebels against her lot in life and escapes with a pair of thieves. She thereupon joins the thieves in their chosen lifestyle. Along the way, she discovers she possesses "wild magic". But underlying these events is an ongoing dark plot by "evil" to destroy the world as our main characters know it. The story-line portrays how the various characters coalesce to co
Connie Jasperson
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Born with strange silver-grey eyes, Emelia is trapped in servitude to uncaring and haughty masters. Technically she is a ‘hired servant’ and not a slave, but the family who ‘employs’ her and others like her own her, body and soul. It is a life that is harsh and unforgiving to a girl hears voices that counsel rebellion and who frequently crosses the line and forgets her place through no fault of her own. Even so, she has friends and loved ones within the servant community, and even a wistful roma ...more
Faydra D. Fields
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
According to the author, Darkness Rising is a part of a series, and this first book was offered free on Kindle a while back, which is how I ended up with it.

The book cover for Darkness Rising is beautiful. That shouldn't be a big deal, but it is for me. I sometimes pass over books because the book cover is so dull and uninviting that I don't feel compelled to check out what's inside.

Kitson does a great job with developing the characters in the book, and they have personalities like people you ma
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'd been mulling over picking up a fantasy series and had several options but ended up going with this one. A marvelous choice as it happens.

Emelia is a low-born waif with little prospects for anything beyond a life of servitude at the outset, but by the time of adolescence she as well as scant few others begin to realize there is something odd about her. Before anyone can investigate these mysterious aspects properly, Emelia is thrust into a whirlwind adventure when suddenly embarking upon an
Gary Vanucci
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Masterfully written, fresh and coherent! A 5 star book and a must-read for any fan of intelligent fantasy.
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I think that all authors are readers first and foremost. I've read since I can remember and since I can remember I have loved the escapism of fantasy and science fiction. This tendency was naturally propagated by the boom in sci-fi of the late Seventies and I became an unashamed fan-boy for Star Wars, Dr Who, Star Trek and BSG.

I read the Hobbit at age 10 and at the time got heavily into RPG and th

Other books in the series

Prism (3 books)
  • Darkness Rising: Chained
  • Darkness Rising: Quest (Prism, #2)
  • Darkness Rising: Secrets (Prism, #3)