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There Will Come a Darkness

(The Age of Darkness #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,684 ratings  ·  1,226 reviews
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 th
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Multiple discussions about and instances of parental death
Multiple instances of vomiting
Multiple instances of suicidal ideation
Discussions and brief descriptions of verbal and physical abuse
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chai ♡
Jun 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Stories with multi ethnic groups of different characters with differing sexual orientations thrown together by mission or circumstance are my kryptonite and I'm practically vibrating in my seat waiting for this book

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.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The prophecies, plot twists, and Greco-Roman inspired settings were cool, but I didn't find the characters to be compelling enough to be invested and there were a lot of info dumps that dragged the book. People who generally like a lot of fantasy YA books might enjoy this one though!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
for those readers who love character driven novels, this is the book for you. yes, the plot has a rather important role, but its how the plot defines the characters and influences their choices that really makes this book wonderful. its always such a neat experience when you can see how several individuals are connected in a much bigger way.

and honestly, this book is a masterclass on how to write multiple POVs correctly. more often than not, when several main characters are present, all with the
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
This is a weird book. So much happened, and yet… nothing actually happened???

The way I see it, this book was a long introduction to a story that is yet to actually come.

It book follows five different POVs. Yes, FIVE. Five seemingly unconnected people with five different goals and five different plot lines.

At first, it was hard to care too much about any one character. It felt like we just kept jumping from POV to POV, from setting to setting. Just as you were getting into one story, you’d be thr
Emma Giordano
Aug 11, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at roughly 250 pages in.

This is an unfortunate situation as I REALLY was enjoying this book. I adored the diverse characters, the unique magic system, and the direction of the story. Sadly, in the middle of reading I had a lot going on in my personal life and couldn't focus on such a dense fantasy so I decided to put it down for now.

I'd love to pick it up again and continue when I'm in the right mood for a story like this because I do want to see it through to the end :)

I received a copy of
The Burning Rose (Jess)
This cover is to die for!
Helena of Eretz ✰
DNF...twice in a row :/

I've tried to read this twice now and I'm just so very bored, which pains me, because I love greco-roman inspired books!

This had too many POV's, too much info-dumping, not enough action, and not enough compelling characters. For those who are well-acquainted with YA and its popular tropes, I don't think that this brings anything new to the table, unfortunately.
Cristina Monica
I was so excited when I received this book because my advance copy was HUGE and HEAVY and it just felt like an important book to hold in my hands. It didn’t even have a cover design, so in addition to feeling important, it looked very mysterious.

So I took my time with it, trying to absorb every word, phrase, and sentence. I am always curious about books that qualify their main protagonists. Like, here we have a PRINCE, a KILLER, a GAMBLER, a LEADER and a SICK girl. It’s definitely the Six of Cro
Katy Pool
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this book! I love it! I hope that when you read it, you also love it!

You can read the first three chapters FOR FREE right here.

There's an incredible book trailer that you can watch right here: There Will Come a Darkness book trailer

You can find out more about the book here: and more about me on instagram and twitter

The sequel As the Shadow Rises is out September 1, 2020 and you can add it on goodreads:

As the Shadow Rises (The Age of Darkness, #2) by Katy Rose Pool


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Vicky Again
Sep 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
okay exciting!!! more information has come out!!! a cover is here!!!

Sep 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
This book isn't getting the hype I thought it would and it's frightening.
Sebastien Castell
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I was fortunate enough to be given an advanced copy of this fantasy debut by Katy Rose Pool.

There Will Come A Darkness is the first part of what promises to be a very popular epic fantasy series. In many ways it reminded me of Guy Gavriel Kay for the depth of the settings and cultures into which we enter, especially in how perspectives differ for each of the five main characters depending on their own backgrounds. This is a richly-developed world of magic and intrigue, with a diverse cast featur
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a master class in fantasy world-building!

My official review:

"A sweeping, ambitious fantasy that pulled me into a world of corruption, dark prophecy, and ultimately, hope. The breathlessly paced story and well-rendered ensemble cast gripped me until the very last pages." - Julie C. Dao, author of FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy, ya, lgbtqia
Actual rating: 2.5 (rounded down... and possibly subject to change?)

Once again, I am conflicted over a review! It took me a while to reorient myself with multiple POV’s. I am usually okay with that— different narrative voices— but this time around, it felt like too much. We have five main characters, and thus five POVs. I think that had the story been relegated between one to three, it would’ve been more appropriate; in the end, we’re left with a jumble of stories and voices, and there was not e
☼ ☄︎ Anneli✩ ☽
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
There Will Come A Darkness
Those twists!
I think when I requested this book, the only bit I knew about it was "the Age of Darkness approaches and five lives stand in its way". Because when I opened this book and started reading it, I was delightfully surprised. And hooked.

He'd been on his own since he was eleven years old, and in that time he'd traded parts of himself — dignity, virtue, a clear conscience, if he'd ever had those things — to save the whole. He hadn't balked once.

This actually feels like a more mature, and darker, versio
Jennie Damron
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a hard one for me. It was a book where when I was reading it, I enjoyed it, but could go a day or two without having to pick it up. It never called to me. That being said I had to see the story through. I liked all the characters, but didnt feel invested on them. I think part of it was there is just too much going on. I loved the plot line of Beru and Ephyra. I am a sucker for a Sister relationship and the bond that forms because of deep love. I liked Jude a lot. I identified with h ...more
Shelly Strange
Okay, here is another DNF (at 15%). Cool cover. I had no idea what to expect. This is one of those multiple POVs, set in a historical fantasy-like world where some people have abilities (like strength, speed, healing, seeing) and they are oppressed by the Hierophant and his followers. The people with abilities have to hide who they are or risk harm (or death).

It just didn't click with me. Maybe I'm in a bad reading mood or I'm just not feeling this type of story right now? I'm sure others will
Tricia Levenseller
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amazing read. So many twists that I didn’t see coming! Love me some good fantasy.
Since the first time I saw the gorgeous cover of this book and read the blurb, I knew I had to read it and I also had this deep conviction that I would really enjoy it a lot. And I’m feeling pretty gratified right now that my assessment was spot on and this ended up being a wonderful read.

I found the world building in this book to be very well written, giving us enough information at the right times so we know what’s happening, but also maintaining an air of mystery throughout which is definite
Madison Mary
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"There was nothing to be frightened of when you were the most dangerous thing that stalked the streets"

This is a 5 star book that left me 1 star sad emotionally.

*ARC acquired from Book Expo America*

The Seven Prophets guided humanity until 100 years ago they suddenly disappeared. However, they left one final prophecy depicting the birth of The Last Prophet and an impending Age of Darkness. The Last Prophet would either be the key to stopping the Age of Darkness or would be the cat
Aly (In Wonderland)
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, arc-august
Jude put his hand over the stone reverently. This was the last oracle stone the Prophets had ever cast. It contained their final prophecy. The prophecy that had been kept secret by the Order of the Last Light for a century. The prophecy that was still incomplete.
"The prophecy is unfolding," Captain Weatherbourne said. "The harbingers are here. The Age of Darkness is almost upon us. If we don't find the Last Prophet soon..."

There Will Come A Darkness is a must read for anyone hardcore
Perfect for fans of:
An Ember in the Ashes,
Six of Crows,
Throne of Glass,
Children of Blood and Bone....

I mean, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Similarly if you name enough hyped YA fantasy novels you're bound to snag a reader somewhere. Right?

Writing a book from hear me: FIVE POVs is as a rule just very hard to do. And if I'm being honest there was maybe an hour there in the beginning that I was thinking, "..uh..uh ..ok.. maybe she's accomplishing something here." *nods chee
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Overall this book was good and entertaining, but nothing about it made me love it. Maybe it’s just my memory, but some characters felt flat and underdeveloped and weren’t memorable at all. The plot was unique and somewhat interesting, but even that fell a little flat in the end. Again, the book was entertaining and fun to read, but I probably won’t be reaching to reread it.
Candace Robinson
I love the cover and title so much but I just could not get into this story. I actually did like the multiple POVs and the writing but the fantasy aspect I couldn’t connect with either. However, I may try and reread it again in the future.
Lea (drumsofautumn)

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Jun 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
this sounds so fucking good and I’m here for all of it.
Julie Zantopoulos
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, arc
3.5 stars (review to come)
Renaissance Kate
After finishing TWCaD last night, I debated how to rate it and have finally settled on 3.5 stars for Katy Rose Pool's YA debut.

Surprisingly, after finishing the Shadow and Bone trilogy last month, I chose to read this multi-character 3rd person PoV book before diving into Six of Crows (this definitely does not have anything to do with the fact that I left my SoC duology at my parents' house across the country…).

The Age of Darkness approaches, and five lives are set on a trajectory on which they
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Katy is a writer living in Berkeley, California. She grew up in Los Angeles, where her screenwriter father taught her about three act structure, characterization, and inciting incidents all before she could tie her shoes. Katy studied history and English at UC Berkeley. She enjoys breakfast sandwiches, fancy cocktails, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and books that set her on fire.

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