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The Darkness of Light (The Dia Chronicles #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  47 reviews
~Warning. Mature content. Not recommended for readers under the age of 16. ~

The world has long forgotten them, but their descendants live on, not wholly mortal or god, but something in between…

At the dawn of the sixth century, in the aftermath of her mother’s brutal execution, Mara Black is forced to flee the only life she has ever known.

Mara can tell she’s different, but
Paperback, 1st, 380 pages
Published January 8th 2014
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Melody Winter
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Holly Hilliard
Typically fantasy is not my first choice in reading material, however I had the privilege of being asked to give this book a read. I found it to be an absolute page turner! The book is well written flows so easily and you can picture the characters in your mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to the next one.
Cassandra Curiel
*Received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
"They are putting their fate in the hands of an unknown being, instead of taking their destiny in their own hands."
Don't let those starts fool you! I give this 6/5 stars! I just love Tammy's writing style. Let me start this by saying that this book is magnificent, physically and visually.
So many things in this book spoke the exact thoughts that I have in life so it enabled a personal attachment to form. Something that not every book is capable of
Dark, magical, and brilliant, The Darkness of Light was a fantastic New Adult fantasy. Romantic, dark, and thrilling, this book was amazing and I totally loved it.

Mara was lovely heroine. She started off as a girl who found herself in a difficult situation and was, at first, overwhelmed. But, over the course of the book, she got stronger and met every challenge that her new life had in store for her. She was strong, kind, and likable. I thought she was great.

Corbin was also wonderful. He was so
Tonya K
The Darkness of Light has all the elements that I love. It’s currently listed on GoodReads as fantasy, but I would call it historical urban fantasy (is that a thing?). You could also characterize it as young adult or new adult. I find it hard to place. It’s simplistic enough to remind me of young adult books, but has enough adult content for it to be considered new adult. These are all genres of books I routinely devour, so I was more than ready to dig in.

The first half of the book read like my
Ciar Cullen
I've had this on my computer for a while, just not in the mood for fantasy. I've been a lifelong fantasy reader, and very little I read these days stacks up against my forever treasure fantasies--Terry Brooks, Tolkein, etc. I was really surprised by this debut. I care a bit less about plot as long as the writing is great and the characters engage me. Bang, both got me right off. Mara is a great heroine--not unrealistic, not a Mary Sue, but someone who became very real to me. What I liked best: t ...more
Being a longtime fan of both the historical epic and fantasy genres, I found Tammy Farrell's "The Darkness of Light" to incorporate aspects from each which I most enjoy. A sense of realism was maintained throughout the story by the rich development of its complex and multifarious characters rather than and unlike the all too common modern day fantasy epics which rely on the overindulgent and excessive use of magic. The balanced narrative approach used easily permits the reader's immersion into t ...more
Mara was a pretty tough cookie, considering she had no idea who she really was until her mother was killed - persecuted for being a witch. Mara is sent off into the forest all on her own to try to escape the villainous sheriff with only a dagger to protect herself. Luckily, her uncle sent men to locate her and bring her back to Valenia where she would be safe. But was there more danger inside the fortress than out?

There were a lot of plot twists but the characters' emotions weren't as moving as
Emma Adams
I won a signed copy of this book in a giveaway, and I couldn’t wait to read it! The Darkness of Light is a fabulous historical-fantasy which engaged me from the first page.

The story is set in an alternative 6th-century England, where magic is real. After her mother is executed for witchcraft, Mara is forced to put her trust in an uncle she never knew she had, and two strangers. Upon learning she is a Dia, descended from gods and gifted with the power of Light, she settles into her new home and
T.A. Brock
Confession: In the past, there have been several historical novels that I’ve fallen in deep passionate love with. Eleanor and Park (though some consider it to be a contemporary), Gone With the Wind, and Cold Mountain to name a few. But to be honest, it isn’t my favorite genre. I had a good feeling about this book by Tammy Farrell, though, and I was not disappointed in the least.

THE DARKNESS OF LIGHT is based on the ancient Irish Tuatha Dé Danann mythology of a people who exhibited god-like power
Elizabeth Fox
I was given an advance copy of this book by the author. I love historical novels, especially ones with a paranormal or mythological premise. This book grabbed my attention from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. The story is engaging, it flows well and the characters are fascinating. I have to disagree with an earlier review that The Darkness of Light reads like a YA or NA. I didn’t feel that way about this book at all. For me, I usually find the characters in YA novels are a bit self-ce ...more
Ryde Chick
Being a life time friend of Mrs. Farrell she always shared her passion to write. From writing poetry, to songs, short stories, and now a novel, I always knew that one day she would become an amazing author. Mrs. Farrell approached me and asked me to read her book not because I am her friend but because I am brutally honest no matter who the person is and she trusted that I would tell her my honest opinion.

I have to say from the first paragraph I couldn't put it down. I am a HUGE fan of V.C Andr
Marie Majarais
Author Tammy Farrell shows off her writing talent in her debut novel,
"The Darkness of Light". The genre, development of characters and plot were amazing and left me wanting more. Her ability to incorporate mysticism, magic, history, romance, mystery, humor, and compassion into a compelling story is remarkable. I enjoyed the privilege of getting to read the manuscript, see the work in process, and understand her writing process. I was most impressed with how thorough she was with all of her deta
There’s so many things I like about this book. First off, Farrell paints such vivid pictures of the world, the characters and the magic they possess that I became immersed in the story almost immediately. The way she handles magic is interesting without being overly complicated, and the she adds weight to the magic by showing just how corruptive its power can be.

The main character Mara is one that you root for, but she’s flawed as well, and I really liked some of the choices Farrell made with h
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
My Thoughts:

This book was brilliant! It is the perfect beginning to a great set of books, however many there end up being.

The book starts strong, with us meeting one of the main characters, Mara. She is troubled and running from the law. They have captured her mother and are charging her with witchcraft, as was common in this 6th Century England World. Mara believes it is her fault that her mother is being persecuted and tried for witchcraft, but she soon finds that this world and her mother bo
I'll admit, I often have a hard time slipping seamlessly into a fantasy based book. While I enjoy them, they often require a good bit of focus to keep the details straight. With that in mind, I put off reading THE DARKNESS OF LIGHT for a bit because I had quite a bit going on and expected it would be a longer read. Alas, the book is finished and it's time to see how it held up against my review criteria.

Characters: Mara is right up there with Cait from FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS in my book. She i
Danielle Young
In the story of The Darkness of Light we follow Mara as she discovers the woman that she was truly meant to be. We get to follow Mara on her path of true self discovery, we are there as she suffers great loss, leaps great bounds and discovers what it is that she is truly meant to be.

After witnessing the brutal execution of her mother Mara is forced to flee her home. On the run with nowhere to go Mara is forced to put her trust in Corbin and Malcolm, who claim to have been sent by an uncle she n
What I liked about this book:

1. The female lead is not some passive woman who looks to a man to save her.

2. The content is very adult, and realistic for the time frame it is set in.

3. The villain is flawed and human, even if he is decidedly not human.

4. The romance is realistic, not forced, and well crafted.

5. Magic! Sexy time!

6. Good secondary characters that I am also invested in!

7. Sometimes when I read a book I get annoyed that I can't picture the characters quite right. For whatever reas
Second Review (01/2015)

I added the 5th star back after my second read through. I definitely enjoyed this more the second time around, especially since I read it in a shorter timeframe. I felt much more connected to the characters. I could feel their emotions, the pain, their desires. That is the type of book I love. The ones so intricately woven you become entwined in the story so deeply that every emotion is felt by the reader as powerful as the characters themselves felt that you feel as if yo
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank the author and the tour organizers for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

I really loved this book a lot and the concept is very unique and interesting.

From the very first heart wrenching and dreadful situations swallow up the happy and content life of Mara who was having a peaceful life with her mother and neighbors until one day her mother was ki
From the moment I saw this cover, I couldn't wait to read the book. When I was lucky enough to get an ARC, I dove right in. Unsure of what to expect, I was floored after the first chapter. The Darkness of Light is beautifully written and I was pulled right into the world Farrell creates. Reminiscent of Robin Hood mixed with the magic of Merlin, I devoured the story! Farrell weaves smart storylines with vivid imagery in a tale of revenge and romance. I couldn't read fast enough, eager to see what ...more
Tracy Greco
Such an amazing read! To be honest, fantasy isn't my usual genre choice, but what a marvelous surprise! This book is FANTASTIC! Great plot and characters. Didn't want to put it down! Give it a chance - promise you will love it!!! Can't wait for the next book in the series!!!!!!!
In The Darkness of Light, Tammy Farrell weaves a tale as rich and lush as the countryside that it takes place in. The world of the Dia has as many questions as it does answers for all of the main characters, and the one who seems know the most, Malcolm, has his own best interests in mind. Mara must come to terms with who her mother was, who she is, and who she will become. Mara must use the power that was always inside her to triumph over Malcolm’s desires, and regain the Light taken from her. T ...more
Andrew Slenski
Hands down, if I was lost on a desert island and I could only have 2 thinks, it would be a toothbrush and THIS book.
Jessy Vl
when i started DoL it was to read during the kids' nap times. but then i couldn't put it down. Tammy has an amazing talent of pulling the reader into her world and let them get lost. Lost to get close to Mara and her troupe. I have re-read DoL several times and each time I am left craving book 2! Tammy Farrell is an amazing new author on the scene and I cannot wait to read her work!
If I could rate this at 2 1/2 stars, I probably would. Since I can't, I decided to be generous and give it 3 stars.
I'll just start things out on a positive note and say the writing style wasn't bad, and the world building was pretty good. It was clear the author put a lot of time and thought into the world she was writing about.
However, in other ways, I just felt it fell short of my expectations.
The characters seemed a little flat and very black and white. They fell very neatly into categories o
Philip Bolger
Fantastic fantasy!
Mar 08, 2014 Eva rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
I began to read this book because it came highly recommended by many, many reviewers (AND Anne Rice), so maybe my expectations were a little too high. The story is mostly well written and her style instantly grabs you. You can see she put a lot of thought into the world she created, and you can envision every little detail to perfection. That being said, I found the plot line to be a little faulty, predictable and even forced or repetitive at times; and maybe the characters were somewhat unreali ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Feb 16, 2015 10:23AM  
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Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and four fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.

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