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Across the Darkling Sea (Magicfall Book 1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  33 reviews
From the author of Magicless
The first book in a new series, Magicfall, Across the Darkling Sea does not disappoint!

Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life. Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. The

Kindle Edition, 159 pages
Published November 12th 2016 by Pixie9 Press
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murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
2 / 5

So! First off, I've gotta be completely honest and say that this book was not amazing. But, considering just how not-amazing it was, I can't say that I feel too let down or disappointed by it.
Why? Because I think that there is an unimaginable amount of potential with both this book and the author.

The Good - The the plot itself was refreshingly original, I really can't recall reading anything else like it. The writing was very good! I don't think I ever had to reread passages because they
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot believe that I'm the first one to review this book! I feel kind of privileged

Solid 4 star rating for me. This is a new YA fantasy series centered around a girl named Ling. She lives in a town were magic is forbidden, even though other towns in this world do have magic. In the first few pages of the book, she realizes that she isn't exactly what she thinks she is. She is actually a changeling - an empty shell who has taken the place of a real person. Ling has all this person's memories a
Beatrice in Bookland
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, arcs
*I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

DNF @ 22%

I didn't care for the protagonist or the plot, I really don't want to force myself to finish a book I'm not into \_(ツ)_/

(at least it has "darkling" in the tile)
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This time, both the cover and the blurb had my attention. I was eager to try out the author and I think that's why I glossed over the part where it is given that it's a serial series. After finishing the book when I was moaning the fact that it was too short, I realised my mistake. Would this have changed my decision to read this book? Heck no!

Let me start with saying what I loved about the book. The plot is adventurous while the pacing varies. It ebbs and flows like the water. The starting was
I really enjoyed Across The Darkling Sea, and several years ago, I would have even given it a 5/5 stars. But, although it was enjoyable, I found it kind of odd that the book was split into three separate books. The ending wasn't overly abrupt, but I felt like the story didn't make the full arch, if that makes sense. You know, how at the end of the story everything starts moving faster and questions are being answered? That just didn't happen. The middle section moved the quickest for me and was ...more
Bookish Linguist
I was a lucky winner of the Goodreads giveaway. This book surprised me so much! It is 4.5 book for me! I adored this. I also have to give some credit to the publishers of this book. It is beautiful! The art is beyond gorgeous and the feel on the cover is very high quality.

First going into this I thought it was going to be a light YA fantasy with some romance, with a bit of magic thrown in. This book is not just that.

This book starts out with a young Evelyn sneaking a bit of magic into her town.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is so different from the norm . Fantasy with a decided twist. The main character is not your usual ‘save the world’ personality, and that intrigued me no end. How do you weave a tale around someone who cannot remember herself (or what caused it) on a daily basis? I had to find out! Definitely recommend this to readers who love something different when it comes to Fantasy!
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2019
Already, from the get-go, this book is a 3/5 for me. Let me explain why. Let’s start with the positives, shall we?


The main character’s name is Evelyn. She lives in the boring, olds town named Meuse, wherein magic, all kinds of it, is outlawed and forbidden. And as we progress to read this book, we find out that Evelyn is actually a changeling; a being that was made instead of created. What’s even more surprising is that Evelyn was made in the likeness of the real Evelyn—the one who sleep
3 Stars.

Overall, Across the Darkling Sea was an original, fascinating and intriguing tale. I won't deny that I had my issues with it, but yeah, would I recommend it to those searching for a quick, unique magic book, absolutely yes!

Down to the nitty gritty now. Characters. I liked the MC, Evelyn/Ling. Really interesting dynamic which touches on themes of what it is to be human. I felt that the challenge thrown at the MC is interesting and created a really different dynamic from other books I've r
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
***This book was reviewed via XPresso Book Tours

Ferrin’s Across the Darkling Sea is the first part of the Magicfall serial. Now, the author mentions it, but I'll reiterate here: this is a serial, not a series. It is one novel in several parts. Think The Green Mile or Evalyce: Worldshaper.

In the country of Brielle, magic is forbidden. The people do not have it, unlike the rest of the world, and so the people fear it. Most of them anyway. Not so Evelyn, daughter ofThe Chancellor. Every chance she
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a darkish fantasy. This first book of a series builds the world ,the characters and the society. The main character is a young girl, loved and spoiled by her parents, and attracted to all things magic. She lives in a no magic tolerated city and land. The remaining story is told by a part of her but nobody is sure what she is anymore. This part is separated and run off with threats of violence. She begins a journey to find the warlock who did such a thing, and hurt her family, friends, an ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars
I am a huge fan of fantasy books and that is why this book has caught my attention- plus the beautiful cover! The story follows a girl named Evelyn who lives in a place where magic is forbidden. But that doesn't stop her fascination and curiosity with magic. Until one day, she finds out she is not who she thinks she is anymore because of magic and everyone- including her own mother wants to kill her. She flees the place she thought was home to find the warlock who made her in hopes of
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, high-fantasy
Received from Xpresso book tours in exchange for honest review

This book is really something special and totally unique. I don't think I've ever read something like this. :)

So Evelyn lives in Brielle, only place in this world, that forbids magic. That doesn't stop her though. Every time she travels with her father she gets little bit of magic, until she gets special seed. She plants it carefully and on the day we meet her, goes to check it. But something is wrong, the raft she made for it is brok
Cassie May
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Blog
I feel indifferent about this book. Honestly, it didn’t feel finished for me. It did feel like a sequel made to tease the reader and make them buy the other books in this series, but I, personally, wasn’t interested enough to read further. The plot was confusing at first, strange at last. It made not a lot of sense, because the heroine seemed clueless about almost everything. That was on the one hand due to the curse that fell upon her, but on the o
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Evelyn lives in a small town where magic is illegal and this makes her very curious about it so one day she sneaks a little bit of magic into the town. When she is caught the whole town including her mom and dad want to kill her. She is rescued by the witch in their town. The witch tells Evelyn a story about a man coming to town a long time ago that used his magic on her and explains to Evelyn who she really is and about the curse this man placed upon her and her family.

So with everyone wanting
Judith Moore
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review (and more) up on my blog :

Content note: Mention of rape and sexual assault.

Ok I am not the best at writing summaries but this honestly does nothing to convey the actually quite cool concepts this book covers. Evelyn is a changeling, the result of powerful magic and every morning when she wakes up she has forgotten everything from before she was ‘made’ and has to remind herself who and what she is. It’s like a more serious version of Fifty Firs
Brittany (The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
Evelyn is fascinated by all types of magic but she lives in a place that absolutely forbids it. When she travels with her father, she always brings back some magic with her. She discovers she is a changeling when her mother and friends all try to kill her. She has been living the same day over and over with no memory of it. She soon discovers that she is not actually Evelyn but that she is made of magic. She sets out to find the warlock who did this to her but with no memory of what happened the ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is steadily paced with enough action to keep reading but with plenty of description as Ling ventures her way to Dreggs in search of her maker. Its an intriguing tale, and Evelyn/Ling is a well rounded character and though not human in terms of not needing to breathe, eat etc she still has very human emotions. A big part of her journey is not just the physical but the emotional which K. Ferrin writes beautiful. One girls struggle with who -or what- she is and her bravery, courage and se ...more
Alia Therese Lazo
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

The magic system is quite the usual that we see where they use runes or probably have a group with nearly identical powers, that said, the author was able to incorporate a touch of uniqueness to it making it enjoyable to learn. It was great to be able to learn as the character was learning as well.

The characters had little background which may annoy some people but I liked it. I like how mysterious the people were and how our knowledge was limited to that of the main character which helped me

Tora Moon
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the idea of a changeling who couldn’t die and couldn’t remember what happened to her fascinating. The perils she faces as she journeys to the warlock island are exciting and interesting. Secrets that more is going on in the world, and she just might play a part in it, are slowly uncovered drawing you deeper into the story. I really enjoyed reading this story and am looking forward to the next in the series.
I received this book from the author for free as part of an author cross-promotio
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was first posted on my blog KimSlr - bookish

When I applied to be part of this blogtour I honestly did not know what to expect.
The synopsis sounded very interesting, which is why I was interested in participating but I hadn't heard of Ferris before, so I wasn't sure how it'd turn out.
To say I'm happy I got the chance to read this book would be an understatement, I really, really enjoyed reading this.

I liked the main character, although I was almost as confused in the beginning as she
Meghan Langevin
//This book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review//

I could not finish it, only got halfway. I find that it could have been much better if the plot had been more detailed and if the character had more depth to her. The story could have been a great one if only more time was put into the world building. However, I did like the way the story began, giving us a little plot twist in the beginning of the book!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book in exchange for a honest review from Netgalley.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I ended up really enjoying it. I thought the main storyline was really interesting, reading a lot of YA fantasy books many of the stories seem to share plots so it was refreshing to read a YA fantasy that was completely different. I was slightly worried that because of the nature of the storyline it would get repetitive but it didn't it only got better with time. Fast paced and de
Pat Raab
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A child fascinated by magic despite its use being forbidden in her home town. A changeling that does not fit the mold ... and a perilous journey to try and undo what was done 5 years earlier. An intriguing tale.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
ARC provided by netgalley. This book was alright, it is a serial series as it mentions so it is a quick read and ends quite abruptly. I'm not sure it kept my interest enough for me to want to pick up the next installment.
I won this novel in a goodreads drawing.

A girl fascinated with magic, even though it is forbidden, takes a voyage across the sea to find an island of witches and warlocks.

Not bad,but nothing really sticks in my mind.
Debbie Pierce
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what can I say? This was an amazing story about a girl who finds out she isn't real and everything that she does to fix why she exists.
Theresa Wade
This is the first book that I have read by the author K. Ferrin. This is the first book in the series. I started reading the second book and found that it wasn't making sense. I decided to find the first book and read it first. I found there were a few times where the story was confusing and wasn't consistent related to her memory. It wasn't very smooth and had some repetition dialog.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cool concept. It's like nothing I've ever read before. My only complaint was how short it was. I really took a pause while reading to just try to imagine what Ling was going through. I have found myself thinking about story, and can't wait for the next book!
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Changelings...warlocks...magic.... This is a fantasy book worth reading!
So excited for book 2!

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K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.

Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying