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The Dark

(Guardians of Time #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,284 ratings  ·  203 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. ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
I can't believe how much of this book is forgotten!!!! So much better than I remembered!!! ...more
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.
rebecca | velvet opus
Oh, gosh. I have so many feelings to unpack about this!
21/2/21 - oh hey would you look at the date! ANYWAY, I came here to say that I don't think a re-read has ever disappointed me as much as re-reading this did and like my other problems I'm gonna pretend it never happened and I can't remember it, ok.

Me: I have so many feelings to unpack!
Also, me: what if I don't unpack them though?


Book 1, The Named: ★★★☆☆
Book 2, The Dark: ★★☆☆☆
Book 3, The Key:
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
The Dark by Marianne Curley is about the Goddess of Chaos getting the upper hand in the fight.
Will the Guardians of Time find a way around the Goddess?
Isabel Becket
Isabel Becket returns as one of our point-of-view characters. This is because her other power comes in handy throughout the story. It's been a year since Marduke's death, in the last book, and Isabel tries to help Ethan out when Ethan has to train her brother Matt. Isabel is honestly a character with flaws, but she tries to get th
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 ...more
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: favorites
I hate when you reread a book and it’s garbage. I remember having fantasy adventures over this trilogy as a teen but now that I’m revisiting it, it’s just not good. The writing feels juvenile and the plot is all over the place with magic systems barely in place. The characters just do stuff and don’t ever have any real feelings or motivations other than very basic reasoning.
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
Lauren (Luna)
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
Feb 09, 2022 rated it liked it
These are okay reads but they are written a bit like a teenager’s first go at fantasy.

They are absolutely riddled with plot holes and things that have just never been explained. Also the ending is identical to the first book which I found very amusing.

Also Matt is really annoying and unlikeable. The entire prophesy and named stuff is inexplicable. I read these about 15 years ago and time has not been kind to them
Maria Torres
It was good and I enjoyed seeing the continuation of the story but the book left something to be desired for me..? I can't quite explain it but I think my biggest issue was that it was just flipping back and forth between Isabel and Arkarian, whereas the first book also included Ethan. AND Matt's role is big, from what they are hinting. Maybe they will get more into it next book, I just wish this one had more of them as well.
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!
Lizbé Smit
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-stories
Again kept me captivated till the end. This would definitely be a film series I would watch. The descriptions of the characters are so well "illustrated" that I felt like I was watching a film at times. ...more
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.
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