- File Size: 3732 KB
- Print Length: 126 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (January 8, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078HJMCJ9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Darkling (Port Lewis Witches Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Old clans of witches drawing together with new, burgeoning power all swirled together to make Port Lewis come alive. I wanted to know everything there was to know about every clan from the Darbonnes to the Lewellyns to the Wolfes to the Thistles and all the rest. I love this world Ray has built; I am delighted I got the chance to experience it through her work.
I'd have given this work 5 stars for the magic and world-building alone, but Brooklyn Ray managed to make a romance starring a transman about everything except the fact he was trans while simultaneously never allowing the reader to forget Ryder was transgender in addition to all his other attributes. I sincerely love seeing positive depictions of trans people finding love. I was ecstatic to read a book starring a trans main character whose trans state was the least interesting thing about them. Our world has changed significantly -in a good way- towards its thinking about transgender people and their rights. It's fantastic to see fiction evolving in an equally positive way which celebrates queer/trans people for more than their sexuality or gender identity.
I literally cannot wait for the next installment in the Port Lewis Witches series. Brooklyn Ray is now an autobuy author for me. I hope you give Darkling a chance if you're at all a fan of paranormal romance because it's a stunning literary work.
Brooklyn Ray does a fantastic job of creating a contemporary world where witches, full of heady power, are a facet of everyday life and where magical abilities are encouraged and feared at the same time. The world they’ve begun building with story is pulsing with vibrant vitality. It’s recognizable for the reader, but it’s also a different reality, fascinating in it’s supposed differences and easy to get lost in.
And while magic is a vital part of the story and character arcs, I would argue that this story is strongest because of its main character and the supporting cast. Ryder is, all at once, incredibly confident in himself and heartbreakingly low on self-esteem. He is secure in his body while also being afraid the man he loves may reject him for that very same body–a very realistic fear for many trans people, and I felt Ray did a wonderful job showing a man who was unashamed of being himself while also acknowledging the very real terror. There’s also Liam, the love interest and Ryder’s best friend, who is unfailingly loyal and doesn’t flinch away from any part of Ryder and his life.
The magical components of the novel were also very fascinating. I loved the way the abilities manifested differently in every character, and how it also appeared to affect all parts of their lives. (The kissing and s3x scenes between Ry and Liam were just………..wow amazing. And the blood consumption was erotic in a way I couldn’t have anticipated.)
In all ways, this book is wonderful. Brooklyn Ray writes dynamic, interesting characters you can’t help but root for and want to protect, and their prose is a stunning combination of reverence and viciousness. I cannot wait for more of this series, and from Ray, in the future.
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A short-ish but really well-imagined and atmospheric novelette (? It seemed shorter than a novella) that you can probably get through in a couple sittings. I say “well-imagined” because we get a very clear and vital sense of place and the people in it, and the tone is really effectively ominous, and intriguing.
I absolutely loved the emphasis on consent, which made already steamy scenes hotter and much more secure-feeling. I also enjoyed the magic worldbuilding and especially the use of tarot and all its symbolism, and its take on necromancy and the idea that “dark” and “light” really isn’t cut and dry good and evil.
I would have liked to know some more specifics about how the various magic systems work, and things like the families, and how an alchemist is different from a regular witch, stuff like that - which to me isn’t really a bad thing, since it just means I want more of the universe! I know there are more books coming, and hopefully they’ll be a little more fleshed out. I’ll definitely want to read them.
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Most recent customer reviews
Ryder has magic inside him - dark and light. A fire witch who is becoming more.Read more
Looking forward to the next book!
More trans warlocks, please!
P.s. Screw the haters, Brooklyn!
I received an ARC of this book via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
I loved it so much.Read more