Promise of Darkness

Bec McMaster
Promise of Darkness
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Lochaber Press
Release Date
September 2019
Book 1 of Dark Court Rising
Fantasy Romance

Princess. Tribute. Sacrifice. Is she the one prophesied to unite two warring Fae courts? Or the one bound to destroy them?

In a realm ruled by magic, the ruthless Queen of Thorns is determined to destroy her nemesis, the cursed Prince of Evernight.

With war brewing between the bitter enemies, the prince forces Queen Adaia to uphold an ancient treaty: she will send one of her daughters to his court as a political hostage for three months.

The queen insists it's the perfect opportunity for Princess Iskvien to end the war before it begins. But one look into Thiago's smoldering eyes and Vi knows she's no assassin.

The more secrets she uncovers about the prince and his court, the more she begins to question her mother's motives.

Who is the true enemy? The dark prince who threatens her heart? Or the ruthless queen who will stop at nothing to destroy him?

And when the curse threatens to shatter both courts, is her heart strong enough to break it?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Oct 09, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
43 people found the following review helpful
Bec McMaster's PROMISE OF DARKNESS was an amazing read. Her world building and storytelling were instantly engaging and well before Thiago and Vi finally "join", I was already rooting for their success.

Likes: As this is book 1 in her new series Dark Court Rising, considerable time was given to the world building and it was well done. The pace was rapid and went even faster during suspenseful scenes and I was easily enamored of the characters and wanting to see them succeed. Well, most of them. There are some who could…well…you'd have to read it to see.

Meh: Well, I'm all for singular points of view in a story and this is quite common in this genre, I felt like the story could have been even better if readers were privy to other points of view.

Dislike: There seemed to be difficulty maintaining tense, present, to be exact, which caused hiccups in the reading. Given the rapid pace of the story, when the problems flared, it would throw me out of the story and I'd have to re-read the section before picking up the pace again. The story could have used a final line edit to clear those up.

PROMISE OF DARKNESS is a strong start to what could be an excellent series. Since this is my first time reading Bec McMaster, I don't have her other series to base it on. It's my hope that this story will undergo a better edit and the subsequent stories in this series don't suffer the same fate because it really is an excellent story.
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