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From Darkness

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  35 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
Published 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!
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
You can read a longer review of this book over at my blog

Do you want a sapphic portal fantasy that'll make you google pictures of sinkholes and recoil in horror? Here it is! This delightful debut novel has made me so excited to see what else Kate Hazel Hall will create.

For years Ari sometimes let herself imagine that Alex had been swept out to sea and picked up by a foreign fishing boat or that she'd been washed ashore on a desert island, just like a story in a book. She learned, as time wore
Kristin Sledge
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ari and Alex were the best of friends, they went everywhere together. After a fatal accident leaves Ari without Alex, Ari is overwhelmed with guilt. When a snakebite brings Ari to the brink of death, a Summoner of Souls comes from the underworld to take her for judgement. When the Summoner sent to collect Ari turns out to be her long lost friend, Alex, who spares her life; will Alex and Ari be able to rebalance
Mer Mendoza (Merlyn’s Book Hoard)
From Darkness

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 muc
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
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Seven years ago, two children tried to swim nearly a mile through rough seas to reach the shore. Only one child made it.”

What an incredible debut novel, oh my goodness! There was sapphic goodness, Greek mythology, and all set on the Australian coast. This is definitely a new favourite and I need everyone to read it! This book follows the story of Ari, who lost her best friend Alex to the sea when she was a child and has blamed herself for what happened that day ever since. One day when Ari is b
Cherie • bookshelvesandtealeaves
From Darkness is such a fun, refreshing read. Every time I read an Aussie book, I’m reminded that I should definitely read more Aussie books. Especially indie ones like this!

I enjoyed everything about this, from the setting, to the worldbuilding, to the beautiful (SAPPHIC!!!) relationship at the heart of the story. I was drawn in from the first page and I loved every moment of this read.

The details of the underworld were creepy and the imagery was perfect. I could feel the tension and the fear a
Jess  Knapp
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
An interesting adaption of classic Greek myths, the underworld, and cycle of life.
The final conflict felt somewhat rushed and could have been more drawn out, but it all comes together nicely in the end
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc
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
Jan 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
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.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, owned-ebook
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
Jess (Iorelyn)
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Interlude Press for an eARC in exhange for an honest review.

First let me admit, I put this book off for way to long due to it involving content that I find pretty hard to get through and triggering. This being Drowning, Death, Grief, and Guilt.

I really wanted to love this book. From the synopsis it had everything I enjoy. Guilt ridden characters, grief being handled, mythology, and exploration of death. Sadly, the story felt way too oddly paced for me to really enjoy it.
Jenna Rideout
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-netgalley
I was granted access to From Darkness via NetGalley. Thank you to whoever approved my request and apologies for taking so long to get to it. My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.

From Darkness is an interesting spin on Greek mythology that follows two Australian teens, one dead for most of the book and the other left living, both hopelessly tangled with the Underworld. Bonus: it's sapphic!

I loved both main characters, the familiar Greek mythology elements, and all of the wonderful Aus
Amanda ☕ Steeping Stories ☕
DNF @ P110

This is in no way a bad book. It is hella cute and gay! The heroine is a gay catastrophe every time she sees her stunning childhood best friend! The coastal Australian setting is so refreshing and relatable!

I'll definitely have to come back to this book at some point, because it's so short and fast paced and I'm sure I'll fly through it. My favourite fantasies are ones that edge the real world, that feel so real you could open an ordinary door and fall into an entirely new and enchanti
Cindy Stein
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesfic-ya, 2020
The book opens on the anniversary of the drowning death of Ari's best friend Alex, a tragedy that occurred when Alex was 11 and Ari 9. Now Ari is 16 and still guilty about the death. When Ari walks barefoot outside and is bitten by a poisonous sake, a Summoner from the underworld comes to take her, but soon the Summoner, who is Alex, recognizes Ari and decides to save her life. The two then re-connect as teens and realize their feelings for one another. But then suddenly Alex is gone again and A ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has taken a few days to write a review because of how astounding it is and I honestly had me at a loss for words.
I am so thrilled to be given the opportunity to read this phenomenal book, which is Kate's debut novel!

What I liked about From Darkness:
• Fast-paced.
•It has characters that are part of the LGBTQ+ community and isn't negative about it.
• It is descriptive about the Worlds without droning on or being over the top and is great if you have a graphic imagination.
•Sapphic romance.
Lea Pearl
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arcs
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
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story - it takes you on a journey and I can't ask more than that.

Ari is a 16 year old in a small Australian town. She has a baby sister on the way, a loving family, and a crushing amount of guilt. Her best friend drowned when they were young and she feels she is to blame. When the fates play out though, she finds herself face to face with Alex, defying the rules, and needing to understand the darkness swallowing her town.

As a reader, I find it rare to find novels set in Australi
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of sapphic romance which is also paranormal/supernatural and From Darkness did not disappoint! This is definitely one of my top ten picks for 2020, but I'm still cathcing up on my TBR from last year lol. This book is different to lots of other greek mythology inspired reads, because it doesn't have the charaters you would expect, like Hades for example. Instead, the underworld is more like a backdrop for the action and honestly I was more interested in the romance between Ari and ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
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. ...more
Lyn Lea
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Immersive descriptions of beautiful and terrifying landscapes. Two endearing, sometimes volatile, main characters with strong connections to place deal with adversity in ways that are oftentimes unpredictable and always interesting. A backdrop of care and love, amongst the fear and danger. I was vested in this book from the very first paragraph. Loved it!
Jim Curtin
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one! The tie ins with Greek mythology were interesting, and made me want to read more on some of the characters that I didn't remember. I do think that the book wrapped up a bit too quickly after the climax, which felt off since a lot of the book was a slow build with lots of description and backstory ...more
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
3.5/5 Rounded Up
Aug 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-recs
Good. Easy & Quick to read. Also queer representation so like that’s good
Oct 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From Darkness quickly became the best book I have read all year. I highly recommend this novel for everyone!
Oct 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING BOOK! Do yourself a favour and read it now.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, I couldn’t put it down.
Ebony Jane
Jun 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
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