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The Dark

(Guardians of Time #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,972 ratings  ·  185 reviews
A year after Marduke's death, the Order's revenge is about to take shape. As they gain the upper hand in their battle against the Guardians, the Order's attempts to change history bear fruit and Ethan and Isabel notice subtle changes in their daily lives as an altered past impacts on the future.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)

First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)

This book is the second book of The Guardians of Time trilogy (which is about to become a tetralogy in the future, yay). I have to say to not read this review on the app, because spoilers tags - that I always put- are removed and I don’t want to spoil anyone. If you are reading this review on your comp

Gemma ♕ antari.and.the.books
I can't believe how much of this book is forgotten!!!! So much better than I remembered!!!
I liked this one so much better than the first. It continues on a year after the events of the last book, but gets right into the action. It really never stops. I'm glad I continued with the series.

This entire series has a huge case of insta-love, though. Everyone seems to have a soul mate, and the way they discover their soul mate is by being unable to look away from each others' eyes when they first meet. When I read the first book, I thought it was going to avoid this kind of thing - but it
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, ya-series
Ok, I really liked it but some things felt kind of forced and the action was non-stop, something that doesn't fit quite well with me...
But I'll definitely continue with the series, I enjoy these books!

Possible triggers: Torture, whipping, beating and inflicting pain in general in one of the main characters.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
as good as the first one, loved every minute of it, couldn't put it down
Saimi Korhonen
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"They will pay dearly for this. They will pay with blood, with fear, and with many lives."

The Dark, the second book in The Guardians of Time -trilogy (yes I know there's a fourth book but we don't talk about that in this house) continues the stories of Ethan Roberts, Isabel and Matt Becket, Arkarian and every other guardian of time and history. It's been a year since the finale of the first book, and the world is slowly starting to become more dangerous as the war between the Chaos and the Gua
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the Dark, I don't have anything bad to say about it, but I don't really have anything spectacular to say either. The plot kept moving and the characters developed well. I liked that this book centered on Arkarian because he's the best to be honest. The Dark was a fun read, so that was a plus.

Isabelle/Arkarian: I approve and I liked the way Lorian gave his approval in the end of the book (it might be a little much though? I dunno)

Matt: He's extra-special now? Cool I guess.

Rochelle: Still
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this series and I'm ready to read book three. It has got me interested to see what will happen next for these characters. I like that these books are fairly quick reads, and I gave it a four because I do see how the characters are growing but sometimes it feels like important things are skipped in the story. I know time has gone by between the first and second book, but the sudden soul mate love between two of the main characters doesn't seem to have progressed in the story. It is ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I did really like this book but I really missed seeing the story from Ethan's perspective. Arkarian is cool and all but he was cooler when I couldn't see inside his head and maintained that air of mystery. Also the whole love story between Arkarian and Isabel seemed a little forced. I know they're "soul mates" or whatever but it was like suddenly Isabel was head over heals for Arkarian after just being in love with Ethan in the last book. Anywho Arkarian's inner thoughts about Isabel also took a ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book reminds me why I always loved reading so much.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read book one, so wasn't too sure if I would get into this book or not.
Writing style is first person and present tense, not read many books like this before. Normally the first person books I have read seem more past tense as if telling a story of what has happened, rather than what is happening. Took a little time to warm to this style of writing, and even once I finished I was still a bit unsure if it's something I would get used too.

The book starts out with the Goddess of Chaos, bu
Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
This is one of my all-time favorite juvenile/young adult series because it has many genes – action, adventure, time travel, fantasy, history, a little romance – all wrapped into one well-crafted, imaginative plot. This is a MUST read for almost any reader, because of its broad diversity.

Ethan is a normal, modern-day boy when he’s awake, but when he sleeps his powers awaken as a Guardian of the Named. The Named are a secret organization whose purpose is to preserve and protect history as we know
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Saw that my (at the time) favorite *trilogy from the early 2000s had a fourth book release in 2018! This discovery sparked my decision to re-read the books. 13 year-old me loved this series, but as an adult it was a little rough....

I think the most annoying thing that comes from the second and third novel is when a character over-explains a concept that you already know from the first book as if you are just now learning about them.

Though improved from the first book, it still reads like a tee
Lauren (Luna)
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA, fans of fantasy,
This is more like a 3.5*

The second installment in The Guardians of Time series was a lot more enjoyable than the first part, so I am glad that I kept going with the series.

The Dark follows our heroes into a dark otherworld to rescue on of their own to try and regain balance and keep The Order at bay.
It kind of goes to plan...

As with the first book there were a number of "plot twists" that I was able to work out before they were revealed so the shock factor was missing for me. Still, this was
Pao Yang
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a girl name Isabel and she would do anything to save Arkarian who was kidnap by the order of chaos and they were determined to destroy everything about Arkarian exsitances in the world and Isabel along with Matt and Ethan work together to do whatever they can to save him. I really like this book because it Has a very interning setting and plot to it that makes me want to read the book to find what happen in the end, a very thrilling book that make you ask yourself what happen to it when ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Gave book 2 a chance. It was as bad as the first. Some of these characters are so irritating I wanted to reach through and snack them. How is the rating for these so high? She clearly has no training as a writer.
Devon Albert
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love how much more this installment dives into the characters, especially my favorite, Rochelle. The journey throughout the mountain remains one of the most suspenseful things I’ve ever read. Definitely a fav.
Sarah Lapalme
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as intense and as engaging as the first. The stakes are higher and every page adds to the escalating conflict! Excellent continuation of the story! I can’t wait to see what book 3 has in store for the members of the Guard!
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is good, probably my least favorite of the triliogy but definitely a page turner.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am speechless.

This book was freaking amazing! I loved this book so much! I'm so glad I got to meet Marianne!
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the writing is so much worse than i remember it being the first time i read it
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2018
A good second book. I had forgotten a lot of the story, so it was fun to reread this one.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
not good
Alexandra Hunter
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading this felt like a nice warm hug.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant book in the series
Ann Salmon
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another exciting book and the ending couldn't have been more perfect.
I hope this turns into a series or a film I would really enjoy it.
Susana Rojas
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Patience Cruise
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I’ve read them so many times but I always enjoy this book, how everything unfolds with the characters we’ve fallen in love with.
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