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From Darkness

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Ari Wyndham has a secret. Her best friend, Alex, drowned at Stonehaven beach when she was nine, and nobody knows that Ari still blames herself for Alex’s death.

When Ari is bitten by a tiger snake, a summoner is sent from the underworld to collect her. The summoner is Alex, who has spent the past seven years escorting souls to the underworld. They recognise
Paperback, 268 pages
Expected publication: November 3rd 2020 by Duet Books
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Julia Ember
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really sweet sapphic portal fantasy tale about a girl living in the Australian countryside who must save her first love from the Greek underworld and fix the rift between the worlds!
Juan Luis Villegas
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Uno de los mejores viajes al inframundo


Ari y Alex son mejores amigas, de esas que son inseparables que se podrían considerar más que eso un amor casi de hermandad pero distinto. Un día Ari le pide a Alex que naden en el océano cuando eran apenas unas niñas, Alex acepta ya que Ari es una excelente nadadora y sabe que eso haría muy feliz a su mejor amiga, mientras nadan se dan cuenta que la corriente es más fuerte de lo que ellas tenían previsto y lamentablemente ese día solo una

Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
✨From Darkness✨

Thank you to Netgalley, Kate Hazel Hall and interlude press for an arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows Ari, a 16 year old girl who lives in a small coastal town in Australia. When Ari was young, she and her best friend Alex were inseparable, until one day Alex drowned on a swim to a little island and back. Ari has never quite gotten over Alex’s death. When Ari is bitten by a snake, a beautiful girl comes to summon her to the underworld however, Ari refus
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
I had high hopes for this book--it's not every day you get modern sapphic Greek mythology books, which combine all of my favorite things together. From Darkness follows the life of Ari years after the tragic death of her best friend, Alex. Ari blames herself for Alex's death even almost a decade later, wishing that she had not suggested the two of them swim to a faraway island and back as kids. Ari is soon confronted with her own mortality after a snake bites her and a beautiful young woman come ...more
ofrainbows / Janna
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
plot: sixtenteen-year-old ari lost her best friend in the sea, when she was younger. the time she almost loses her life as well, however, she meets her once again. her life is saved, but that action unravels a whole new mystery: dark magic gets unleashed in ari's town and together they have to defeat the powers of the underworld.

4/5🌟: this was a fast, yet magical read. the writing style was enchanting, but it wasn't hard to understand at all. this may be a queer love story, but luckily, it's no
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In From Darkness, Ari is struggling to move past the tragedy she experienced watching her best friend drown when she was young. She finds herself bit by a tiger snake, starting her possible descent into the underworld accompanied by her summoner. When things start to go sideways and a balance is tipped- will she be able to find what will set her town back together? Will she even be able to escape?

If I had to choose one word for this novel it would be - atmospheric. Kate Hazel Hall's voice is the
Mer Mendoza  (Merlyn’s Book Hoard)
This fall has really been the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to excellent LGBTQIA+ new releases! Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to greatly enjoy Each of Us a Desert, by Mark Oshiro, The Bone Shard Daughter, by Andrea Stewart, The Dragon of Ynys, by Minerva Cerridwen, The Left Handed Booksellers of London, by Garth Nix, and The Four Profound Weaves, by RB Lemberg. Each of these books featured some really top tier representation that doesn’t often get much mainstream a ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars (but I round down rather than up in my reviews)

Thanks to NetGalley and Interlude Press for an ARC. Expected release: 3rd November 2020.

In this debut novel, a young girl named Arielle is still struggling with the death of her best friend, who drowned in the ocean seven years prior. When Ari is bitten by a tiger snake in the bush near her home, in a small Australian coastal town, a Summoner from the underworld appears to carry her soul to its resting place. This Summoner is Ari’s best f
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From Darkness is a wonderful novel that brings together all the elements I love; romance, magic, adventure, and there's some mythology thrown in too! The romance is a bit quick, BUT if you figure Ari has loved Alex for years, it makes it more believable. A good part of the novel takes place in the Underworld (mythology aspect) which I found super fun and intriguing. And, I love that the author didn't shy away from the darker parts of the story, it added a level of depth to it that I thoroughly e ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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An interesting take on the Underworld. While I liked the story, very well written, I didn't find it particularly compelling. Having said that, I think it is more my age. I do feel like the characters were human and captured in such a way to make them real and relatable. I would recommend this book; very original. I won my ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This easy to read story had my interst until well past the first 100 pages. I am not a fan of homosexual literature. It is against my beliefs but that doesn't mean it isn't part of reality. This book helps readers understand the insure of them selves emotions teens feel when they believe they are gay but haven't told anyone.

It has an interesting storyline and good characters.
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