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The Darkness: The Spectrum Trilogy Book 1 Paperback – September 25, 2011
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The Darkness is a story about two women, different in practical ways but also much the same, who both at some point in their lives play the role of mother to a very special child. The child, "Adam", I found to be a brat. Didn't like him too much, but I really can't blame him as his life was rather cold at the start and I'm sure that carried with him as he grew. He seems very powerful but also very immature. Inanna, the second mother in his life, is my favorite. She is a powerful witch. Her scenes were clearly my favorite part of this book. If I have any complaint at all, it's that you really have to pay attention during the Skyward group scenes to keep all the players straight. I had to go back a few times to refresh my memory of who all the various Doctors were. But that being said, I loved this book and its one of my favorite reads. It's a bit quirky in parts, it's totally original, and in an era where horror/fantasy novels are becoming all too predictable, I had no idea where Ms. Connor's was going with this one. The ending surprised me, I totally didn't expect it. I was a bit miffed at first, but reflecting on it a day later it was a perfect ending. Perhaps one of the best endings I have ever read. Hard to believe this was her first novel, and I'm very excited to pick up the next book "Artificial Light" and see where that takes me. If you like a bit of science and a bit of sorcery, conflict, originality and surprise....well then this book is totally for you. Ms. Connors also notifies the reader in the beginning that the particulars of the spells have been left out (presumably for our safety), well that's pretty creepy.
I'd also like to mention that the cover artwork is great. Not your typical photoshop crapola, but what appears to be a hand drawn depiction of characters in the book. Pretty cool and also original. For these reasons, but primarily because it totally sucked me in and I couldn't stop thinking about it, I will give this book 5 stars when I would normally give a similar book 4 (but I don't think there are any similar books). It has my highest recommendation.
I found all the characters very believable in the sense there is no simple black and white. Everyone is a varying shade of grey. Both women are very determined to lived a charmed life. One through science, the other through the occult. Each with mind boggling power at their control. Artemisia and Innana are very much a different side of the same coin. The same dark jewel incrusted coin!
The struggle for love and power that comes into play is an exciting thrill ride.
There is a lot of information to take in which can leave some readers a bit lost, but Crystal has set up subtle nods to other powers that have yet come into play that I feel that will clash in future novels. A definite must read for sci fi/ fantasy/horror addicts.
Page after page your are so engrossed in the Story you absolutely don't want to put the book down!
(I literally almost peed myself a few times because I Didn't want to stop reading just for
a silly potty break!)
I highly recommend The Darkness to any and all and I'm looking forward to future Books from Ms.Connor!