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Book review: Through the dark, by Charity Brandsma

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | YA fantasy |

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am constantly looking for a darker and more intense YA fantasy and Through the Dark delivers exactly that! It follows the story of Michale’thia, a pure-blooded royal princess who is the kingdom’s hope of being the Perfect Heir. Before her, many other royals have tried and failed to become the kingdom’s savior, who would lead them to the Age of perfection. The novel is told by multiple point-of-views from Michale’thia and her companions, who are introduced as the story progresses. I love how culturally and ethically diverse the characters are, and how the story emphasizes the struggle against racial prejudice (pure-bloods and mixed bloods).

Legends of the ancient spring
"...each citizen would shuffle down into the city's deepest caverns with trepidation and face the reason for their utopia. It was their yearly reminder of what their joy cost: the girl ceaselessly tortured in the cage."

My favorite parts of the novel were Syra’s point of views, she has a very mysterious and intriguing backstory combined with an adorably sweet and caring personality. The story is dark YA, which I love, the ending is intense and will make you weep! Its not for the faint of heart! Romance is not the focus of the story here, it is only lightly mentioned. It was a bit hard for me to grasp the world-building in the beginning, however as the story progresses it becomes clearer! The focus is to the plot development; the mystery behind the Perfect Heir. The friendship between the characters is tangible and fun, and I was happy with the unique group of companions formed.

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 At the end some plot-twists are thrown at us, and it left me astonished! I really enjoyed the story and I can't wait to see what will happen in book 2! You can check out more about the book and the author here.