- Publisher: Australian Government Publishing Service. (1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008120730
- ISBN-13: 978-0008120733
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,459,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darkhaven Paperback – 1985
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I was instantly caught up in Darkhaven's lush storytelling. Darkhaven is told in multiple POVs, and I loved the insight from all the characters. It made it like a web of information, all the paths consistently intertwining. A.F.E. Smith really has a gift for story telling.
I loved the characters - Ayla, Serenna, Myrron, Caraway, the whole cast was fantastic. It is rare that I love the entire cast of characters this much, especially in a fantasy world where there were so many primary characters. Regardless, I found myself rather attached to them and was sad to see the book come to an end.
I loved the intricacies of the Changers and the gift that surrounded them. It was fresh and new, yet still melded with many of the classical components of fantastical creatures.
The ending was so good, yet I want more. I would love to revisit this wonderful world and see what will come to past next, especially as the final chapters unravel a lot of answers and confirmed some suspicions I had.
I am very excited to see what A.F.E. Smith writes next. I personally am hoping for more fantasy, as Darkhaven was just brilliant.
Amazing. That’s the only word I can think of to describe this book. From the moment I began reading, I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading the last half of the book in one sitting. Yes, it’s that good! This book has everything – fantasy, sword battles, mythical creatures, shapeshifting, and more. All these elements are blended together perfectly in the world Smith has created. When you add in the cast of well-written, believable, likable (and not-so-likable) characters, you’ve got the perfect combination, at least in my opinion. I’m a sucker for complicated, multifaceted characters, and that’s what I’ve found in this book.
I would recommend this book to just about everyone. There’s so much that sets this book apart and makes it wonderfully unique. You won’t find better world-building and you won’t find better characters. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
Tomas quickly became my favorite character. He made the story for me! I loved the interaction between Ayla and Tomas. It added just the touch of romance for me.
First, let's talk about the editing. As a copy editor myself, I notice editing errors, and HarperCollins' books are usually full of them. In this, I didn't notice a single one. I suspect that has a lot to do with the author being an editor in her day job, but regardless of the reason, it's rare, and commendable.
The characters are well drawn: conflicted, flawed, sometimes obsessive, but mostly wanting to do the right thing (the exception is an excellently depicted, scarily effective, and believable villain). All seven viewpoint characters have strong, and contrasting, arcs. The plot, with its many moving parts, fits together beautifully, and the author isn't afraid to mix tragic and happy endings. The book both brings all of the threads to a conclusion and sets up the dominoes for a sequel, which I went off and bought without hesitation.
The setting isn't especially prominent; it's early industrial age, with coal-powered trams and factories, but guns are new, foreign, and rare. It's mostly background, but what there is of it is sketched competently, and there's plenty of space for development. The shifter parts have great sensawunda as well as a darker, more threatening aspect that helps to drive the plot.
All in all, highly recommended, both for its excellent craft and its compelling story.