Author: A.F.E. Smith
Published: July 2, 2015
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Darkhaven has always been ruled by the Nightshades, a long line of Changers. But Ayla Nightshade, second-born and half-blood, never expected to be one of those rulers. Her brother’s gift has not yet manifested, leaving their father to declare Ayla as his heir, despite her objection and outright refusal to take the throne. And when a Changer is implicated in a series of attacks, suspicion falls squarely on Ayla as the only person capable of committing them. But Ayla swears her innocence and sets out to find out who is responsible. Her brother, Myrren, is convinced Ayla cannot be behind the attacks and sets out on his own quest for the truth. But sometimes the truth is more fantastical than one might expect, and even when it’s unexpected, can the truth still set you free?
This is a very well-written fantasy adventure and whodunnit that reads incredibly smoothly. It honestly did not feel at all like it was 400 pages–I was enthralled and entertained. The world that the author has created is rich and the characters are both endearing and frustrating at the same time.
The revelation of the Changer responsible for the attacks didn’t thrill me, but mostly because I’ve never been a fan of stories that resolve like that (trying very hard to avoid spoilers). That said, I did enjoy this one and recommend it to fans of fantasy and paranormal…with a hint of mystery and adventure rolled in.