Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising, #1)
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 smouldering 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 she strong enough to break it?A fairytale twist inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth.

Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising, #1) Details

TitlePromise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 19th, 2019
PublisherLochaber Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Romance, Fairies, Fae, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Adult

Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising, #1) Review

  • ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!!! This was an epic read!Thiago is my new book boyfriend. The way he loves Vi is so beautiful! He’s faithful, loyal, strong, and would do anything for her. Love him so so much! This book had it all; intrigue, action, adventure, romance, suspense, magic. Its a great Fantasy Romance novel! I can’t wait for book 2.
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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    Bloody wow, I actually devoured this story in one sitting it was sheer brilliance from start to finish, I just couldn't put it down.Imaginative and with such attention to detail Promise of darkness was the complete package and this just worked for me in every single way.So this tale was inspired by the Greek myth of Hades and Persophone and set amid the intrigue of the Seelie and Unseelie courts.Set against a rich fantasy backdrop this fae reimagining perfectly compliments the mythological legen Bloody wow, I actually devoured this story in one sitting it was sheer brilliance from start to finish, I just couldn't put it down.Imaginative and with such attention to detail Promise of darkness was the complete package and this just worked for me in every single way.So this tale was inspired by the Greek myth of Hades and Persophone and set amid the intrigue of the Seelie and Unseelie courts.Set against a rich fantasy backdrop this fae reimagining perfectly compliments the mythological legend and is a fascinating saga of secrets, half-truths and misdirection.Promise Of Darkness is a fantasy romance and is the story of Thiago Prince of Evernight and Iskvien Princess of Thorns also the daughter of Thiago's enemy the cunning and cruel Queen of Thorns.Iskvien or Vi to her friends as a gesture of peace between there Kingdoms is bartered away as a political prisoner to be the guest of the Prince of Evernight for three months.But almost straight from the start, it is apparent to Vi that she is being kept in the dark and whatever game is currently afoot here she is last invited to play and the only participant without a full deck.With no idea what her role in these proceedings might be or even what it may entail Vi is scrabbling around for the answers she is just not getting.The unfolding mystery here hooked and enthralled me and at times this was just so bittersweet, extremely well written and the only thing that could have improved things for me here was maybe some of Thiago's POV.Despite not getting a ringside seat into his thoughts the author has still managed to invest me in him I absolutely adored Thiago he was everything loyal, fierce, protective and so much more and all encased in a tragic backstory what's not to adore here.Vi was another winner for me she was a combination of hungering desire needing acceptance and validation from her mother while still having a backbone of steel when it comes to the people she holds dear.Her core strength is her innate goodness and how she has managed to retain this in her mother's court is anyone's guess.This one was quite slow-burn in nature expertly building-up a sense of anticipation and ratcheting up the heat very subtlety.This fit the narrative a treat and when things finally exploded I was definitely more than ready and panting right alongside our royal Princess.I did kinda know roughly what we were heading towards to a point with this being a myth retelling and all so I did have the general gist of it but despite these things, this still felt just so fresh and magical in its execution.A beautiful and at times tragic story of patience, love and fantasy that made me catch my breath with its brilliant simplicity.Finally, this one concludes in an HFN but there is definite set-up for further book's here.Listen to me gushing all over this but I really did love this a lot.A brand new author for me, but one I will now definitely be checking out further stuff from as this really did bowl me over.This one gets a massive thumbs up from me I recommend it highly.I voluntary reviewed a copy of Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising, #1).Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttps://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/www.beckiebookworm.com
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  • Kate's Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Cliffhanger-ish. The plot for this book was wrapped up nicely but a new challenge for these two is on the horizon for book 2. Which I can’t wait for. What can I say about this book without giving anything away? This year I'm on a major fantasy wave this year. A Promise of Darkness fits in right here.I love the world that has been built here I wasn't overwhelmed with the information given, the characters and realms, a slow trickle to build something truly beautiful, exciting and enticing. It suck Cliffhanger-ish. The plot for this book was wrapped up nicely but a new challenge for these two is on the horizon for book 2. Which I can’t wait for. What can I say about this book without giving anything away? This year I'm on a major fantasy wave this year. A Promise of Darkness fits in right here.I love the world that has been built here I wasn't overwhelmed with the information given, the characters and realms, a slow trickle to build something truly beautiful, exciting and enticing. It sucked me in, and I really enjoyed it. I really hope I get this right, five Seelie Kingdoms, three queens and two princes who have a very tentative alliance. The three Unseelie Kingdoms and the war that happened 500 hundred years ago to trap the old ones. The Unseelie & Seelie also have a tentative relationship and our main characters are pawns in this unpredictable game.Our main characters Iskvien & Thiago are thrown together there are secrets that Vi must find out on her own, but she is in a position that she doesn’t know whom to trust. Is she to believe the lies that her mother has fed her? Or what Thiago a virtual stranger tries to tell her but can’t and what she overhears. I haven't read a lot of books by Ms. McMaster but those I have read have been good and I am now considering reading more by this author. All in all, I find it hard to rate this book because from start to finish I guessed the major twists. There are some minor turns that I didn't see coming but nevertheless it still irked me that it shouldn’t have been so obvious. I also had heroine issues she was just too naïve I wanted her to be a bit more kickarse. In the end I've decided to give it 3 stars. I really wanted to give it a higher rating, but I just can’t. Although it ticked all my boxes.It is a strong start to an absolutely fantastic series and I really cannot wait for the second book to come out.
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  • AlwaysV
    January 1, 1970
    So crazy in love with the HEA couple! So mesmerized and captivated by this world! I honestly couldn't put this book down! Hight fantasy! High romance! Grabbed my heart, squeezed it tight and wouldn't let go! And then broke it into pieces. Loved the author's take on the Fae and the Unseelie and more. What surprised me the most was I actually thought I wouldn't find anything new about this world. What was I thinking? I shouldn't have doubted one of my favorite authors, who always delivered 🙇🏽♀Prin So crazy in love with the HEA couple! So mesmerized and captivated by this world! I honestly couldn't put this book down! Hight fantasy! High romance! Grabbed my heart, squeezed it tight and wouldn't let go! And then broke it into pieces. Loved the author's take on the Fae and the Unseelie and more. What surprised me the most was I actually thought I wouldn't find anything new about this world. What was I thinking? I shouldn't have doubted one of my favorite authors, who always delivered 🙇🏽‍♀️Prince of Evernight Thiago would give up his kingdom and his life for his love. Princess Iskvien would bargain and ready to destroy the world or let the world be destroyed for her love. I couldn't wait for the next book and the finale! The thought of all the battles to come would be driving me crazy while waiting! Sharing one of my favorite scenes: "I'll always come back to you. I'll always fall for you. 'Til the stars burn into nothingness and the sun no longer rises, you are mine, and I am yours. Remember that: I would do anything for you."Even make this terrible bargain. I only hope he can forgive me one day."Forever, Vi," he promises, . . . "I'll be waiting for you."
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  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite Paranormal Romance authors, Bec McMaster, has a brand new series out called Dark Court Rising. It’s a Fantasy Romance series but I do see some Paranormal elements in it as well. Just from the blurb, I was already intrigued by the storyline and so, I slotted some time out in my busy schedule to try and read this book in one sitting.I have to admit, this was a marvelous decision on my part because I ended up devouring this book so quickly. One of the biggest changes that Bec One of my favorite Paranormal Romance authors, Bec McMaster, has a brand new series out called Dark Court Rising. It’s a Fantasy Romance series but I do see some Paranormal elements in it as well. Just from the blurb, I was already intrigued by the storyline and so, I slotted some time out in my busy schedule to try and read this book in one sitting.I have to admit, this was a marvelous decision on my part because I ended up devouring this book so quickly. One of the biggest changes that Bec has made with her writing with this series is that she has some first person narration. Normally, I prefer my Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books to be in third person, but the first person narration just made things a little easier to read and more fast paced. As a result, I do feel like things were kept exciting and moved along well.Another one of the things that I like about Bec’s writing is that her characters are always so alluring to me. I especially like her heroes because they tend to have a darker feel to them. And with the twists and turns that this book has, it will definitely leave you feeling a little breathless after it all.If you like Fae and Fantasy then I think you’re really going to like this book. There’s only one other series that I think tackles Fae beautifully and that’s KMM’s Fever series, but this Dark Court Rising series has some potential as well. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what McMaster has up her sleeve!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Princess Iskvien has spent her whole life trying to please her mother Adaia, Queen of Thorns but her mother is ruthless and loves to torment her daughter and make her life miserable. Vi is still shocked when she finds out that her mother has agreed for her to spend three months as the Prince of Evernight's hostage though, she just never expected her mother to betray her quite so deeply. Vi is terrified of spending time in Thiago's court but the longer she spends there the less sense things start Princess Iskvien has spent her whole life trying to please her mother Adaia, Queen of Thorns but her mother is ruthless and loves to torment her daughter and make her life miserable. Vi is still shocked when she finds out that her mother has agreed for her to spend three months as the Prince of Evernight's hostage though, she just never expected her mother to betray her quite so deeply. Vi is terrified of spending time in Thiago's court but the longer she spends there the less sense things start to make. Her mother has always talked about how vicious Thiago is but all the evidence points to him being a good leader that his people like and respect. Vi finds herself drawn to Thiago in unexpected ways but it's obvious that he is keeping secrets from her and the more she starts to unravel the mystery the harder it is to know who to trust.Promise of Darkness is a fabulous start to Bec McMaster's new Dark Court Rising fantasy romance series. With hints of the tale of Hades and Persephone this is set in a dark world of fae where nothing is quite what it seems and nobody can be completely trusted. Vi is right in the middle of a large conspiracy and it's going to take everything she has to unravel what is really going on. With a great cast of characters and a wonderful slow build romance I didn't want to put this one down.I had guessed one of the big twists but no matter how many times I thought I knew what would happen next Bec McMaster always found new ways to surprise me. Vi and Thiago have already had to face impossible odds but it's clear that things are going to get far more complicated for them as the series continues so I can't wait to see what else they're going to have to face. This series has definitely jumped to the top of my list and I'll be eagerly awaiting the next instalment!
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    So one of my favourite authors has only gone and written an adult story about the tricky Fae and obviously I'm definitely on board to read this ! We meet Vi, one of two Princesses of the Seelie Court and I think it's fair to say her life has been one long battle but her mother's announcement that Vi become a willing hostage of Thiago, the Prince of Evernight is shocking. Is her mother trying to get rid of her or are there secrets hidden in the Court of Evernight ? I truly enjoyed this story and So one of my favourite authors has only gone and written an adult story about the tricky Fae and obviously I'm definitely on board to read this ! We meet Vi, one of two Princesses of the Seelie Court and I think it's fair to say her life has been one long battle but her mother's announcement that Vi become a willing hostage of Thiago, the Prince of Evernight is shocking. Is her mother trying to get rid of her or are there secrets hidden in the Court of Evernight ? I truly enjoyed this story and it was oh so very obvious that Vi was being lied to and yes I had guessed some of this but there were still a few surprises along the way. Thiago, is doing his very best to tempt Vi at every turn which was very amusing but Vi resists his undoubted charms because she wants oh so much to please her manipulative and cruel mother. Trouble is the secrets kept from Vi are deadly and in order to end a curse Vi will do whatever it takes but in this dangerous world there are always consequences !A combination of fairy tales and mythology plus a believable slow burn romance kept me glued to my kindle. I defy anyone to read this and not fall in love with these characters. The betrayals just keep coming, the action is phenomenal and the sense of love and empowerment just blew me away. We do get a happy ending but this actual journey is far from over and I cannot wait to find out what these dangerous Fae get up to next because war is coming !This voluntary take is of an advanced copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe r
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  • Caelena Fey
    January 1, 1970
    I really don't know what comes over me, but this book is 75% reminds me of ACOTAR. Look, maybe it's like after reading Harry Potter and all series that resolve around magical academy reminds you of one. But if you love acotar and don't mind or even like the similiarity you should consider this one.Over all I do enjoy reading this book, and a bit curious where this is all heading.
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  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    gives me CoTaR vibes but not as good as that 2 and 3rd books
  • Minni Mouse
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. If you were a fan of A Court of Mist and Fury then you'll probably appreciate the similarities to Rhysand, the Court of Dreams, Feyre, their gang, and the overall storyline. Luckily, I was indeed a fan of that book so reading this one was extremely enjoyable. Imitation being the highest form of flattery and all that, right? Now I want to reread the Court of Thorns and Roses Maas series now.THE GOOD1) Fantasy romance is always going to be one of my favorite genres, so natural book ch 3.5 stars. If you were a fan of A Court of Mist and Fury then you'll probably appreciate the similarities to Rhysand, the Court of Dreams, Feyre, their gang, and the overall storyline. Luckily, I was indeed a fan of that book so reading this one was extremely enjoyable. Imitation being the highest form of flattery and all that, right? Now I want to reread the Court of Thorns and Roses Maas series now.THE GOOD1) Fantasy romance is always going to be one of my favorite genres, so natural book chemistry there. The Hades/Persephone-esque vibes is also a book chemistry plus, and the action/pacing of A Court of Thorns and Roses sealed the seal.2) If you're a fan of high fantasy fae elements, you'll appreciate how much this book dips into the folklore surrounding the Seelie, Unseelie, Old Ones, and more. I myself had little idea what was going on but I figured it out well enough. 3) Abrupt, cut-to-black sex scenes. I actually appreciated that since that chemistry wasn't happening for me anyway. THE BAD1) Sarah J. Maas did the Persephone story better, and both A Court of Mist and Fury and Amanda Bouchet's A Promise of Fire did the chemistry and action and romance build-up better. The plot lacked that true sense of urgency...probably because there were two too many possible main plots to choose from. There's the treaty between Thiago and Adiaia/Iskvien, the murky dealings of the Unseelie Queen, and the overall threat of the mysterious Old Ones. The book tried to devote equal time to all three plots, which means all of them were a tad underdeveloped. I also didn't particularly feel a sizzling chemistry between Thiago and Iskvien in the same way I did towards Rhysand and Feyre, and since their characters are so darn similar, it's next to impossible not to mentally draw comparisons. 2) Details that were deliberately not addressed, and I'm assuming deliberately so. Like, for all the poop that went down in this book, I still kept turning the pages wondering what happened to Lysander and his whole story. FINAL THOUGHTSIt was an enjoyable enough book that I couldn't put down, but there's no denying that this isn't an original story with original storytelling. The biggest detriment is that a popular author already did this story overall better. Nevertheless, I give a nod to the author for diving so steadily into this fae world and attempting to give it the whole world building. I had a hard time putting it down and I'll be on the lookout for the sequel next year. I'd still 100% say her strongest work was, by far, the London Steampunk Series.
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  • Moon Love
    January 1, 1970
    Paranormal fantasy romance is a genre I'm relatively new to. I've probably read less than a hundred books total, which may not seem like a lot, but when you read upwards of 300+ books a year and have been doing so for the last 25 years, it's minuscule portion of my reading repertoire. What I've found is an entire genre I've missed out on and am happy to correct my error. Bec McMaster is quickly becoming a favorite author in this genre for me. When I first learned she was starting a new series an Paranormal fantasy romance is a genre I'm relatively new to. I've probably read less than a hundred books total, which may not seem like a lot, but when you read upwards of 300+ books a year and have been doing so for the last 25 years, it's minuscule portion of my reading repertoire. What I've found is an entire genre I've missed out on and am happy to correct my error. Bec McMaster is quickly becoming a favorite author in this genre for me. When I first learned she was starting a new series and it was going to be a fae retelling of Hades & Persephone, one of my favorite myths of all time, I couldn't have been more excited!Promise of Darkness is enchanting! I could not put this book down. The world building Bec McMasters done is superb. She does it brilliantly, introducing you to Iskvien "Vi" first and then growing the cast of characters slowly. The story is multi-faceted and the way the conflicts emerge and evolve are brilliant. It's like watching a rosebud unfurl its petals, one by one, until you have this glorious full bloom. Iskvien and Thiago set fire to the page. Their chemistry is evident from the moment they meet and I could almost feel their palpable longing for each other. I loved the way Thiago was with Vi; patient, understanding, loving. I also loved the way he was with those who chose to follow him and him as a terror of nightmares, when those he loved and cared for were threatened. Vi fought her attraction to Thiago, as anyone who had been told from a young age the person in front of them was an enemy and a terrible being would. I could not fault her for her fears, but only admire as she took in what was in front of her and weighed reality with stories. Their love story is epic and it's not the only highlight of the book. There's a complicated history of the land- of those who rule now, those who do not, and those locked away-that also plays out. There is fighting, betrayal, conquest, victory, and bargains made that will both thrill and chill you. The only downside is having to wait for the next book. As a lover of fantasy romance, I could not have asked for a better story. As a lover of the Hades & Persephone myth, this was a beautiful tribute, one that plays homage but is truly it's own story.
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  • Swathi
    January 1, 1970
    This gave me such a fierce throwback to ACOTAR, I literally hurt from withdrawal pangs. Some people really hate it when another not so popular book copies the plot template of a REALLY popular and successful one. Personally, I kinda hate it when that happens too. But it was not like that in this case. Maybe it's the fact that its been SO long since I've read Maas' writing that anything that even remotely resembling the perfection that was ACOTAR- I'll welcome with open arms. SO yeah. The story w This gave me such a fierce throwback to ACOTAR, I literally hurt from withdrawal pangs. Some people really hate it when another not so popular book copies the plot template of a REALLY popular and successful one. Personally, I kinda hate it when that happens too. But it was not like that in this case. Maybe it's the fact that its been SO long since I've read Maas' writing that anything that even remotely resembling the perfection that was ACOTAR- I'll welcome with open arms. SO yeah. The story was pretty great. The ending could have been more.. If you get what I mean. I feel like I was cheated at the end there, of a good ending. I hope the sequel develops on it, and progresses the story. Not degrading it.
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    Promise of Darkness was enchanting and quickly stole my heart. From that first page I was addicted and it was impossible to put this book down. Especially since the world building was imaginative and rich. And the characters slowly became embedded into my heart. It was so easy to fall deeply in love with them and the world they lived in. So if you're a fan of romantic stories that involve fae, Jennifer L. Armentrout or Wendy Higgins, definitely add this one to your tbr. The worst part of this en Promise of Darkness was enchanting and quickly stole my heart. From that first page I was addicted and it was impossible to put this book down. Especially since the world building was imaginative and rich. And the characters slowly became embedded into my heart. It was so easy to fall deeply in love with them and the world they lived in. So if you're a fan of romantic stories that involve fae, Jennifer L. Armentrout or Wendy Higgins, definitely add this one to your tbr. The worst part of this entire affair may be the fact that even though he’s my worst nightmare, he looks like he stepped directly from my dreams. As part of an ancient treaty, Princess Iskvien, was to be sent away as a political hostage. She was to live with Thiago, The Prince of Darkness, for three months. And it would be the perfect opportunity to murder him, since war had been looming between their two courts. Yet as it all unfolded, there was so much more to this story. It was inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth, so if you're familiar with that, you may have an idea where part of this story was going. But lies, betrayal, deceit, love, and friendship were splashed across the pages and I loved discovering what was truly going on. On top of it all, there was a curse that threatened the courts. He’s the enemy of my people. The prince who holds a blade to the throat of everyone I love. A monster. Except, he hasn’t hurt me. Not once. I absolutely loved Princess Iskvien, aka Vi! She was smart, resourceful and thought on her feet. And I loved that she made me smile, laugh and cheer her on. She could be so stubborn, so it was no surprise that she refused to take her current predicament lying down. I had so much respect for her and I loved watching her grow into someone who could be fierce and brave. Dangerous. This is far too dangerous. And yet, I could no more resist him, than I could pluck the moon from the sky with my fingers. Then there was The Prince of Evernight, aka Thiago, who was addictive, patient and kind. He loved deeply and put his faith and trust into those close to him. Yet he could be so ruthless and dark. You could easily see how he earned his right to be his court's ruler. But when it came to Vi, we saw so many sides of him. Especially when he would protect her. And for reasons I can't say why, he was beyond tortured and suffered deeply. Thiago was the ultimate book boyfriend who was so easy to root for and love. I want to forget he’s my enemy, I want to forget this is a game, forget everything but the sensation of those lips on my skin. Of all the challenges I’ve ever faced, this is the worst. Because I don’t think one taste will ever be enough. When Vi moved in with Thiago, she had no problems standing up to him. So each time they went toe to toe, you couldn't knock the smile off of my face since their antics and banter were smile inducing. And as they slowly started to spend more time with each other, I felt a connection between them. No matter how much Vi fought it, it was there. She also couldn't fight that so many of their moments together were laced with sexual tension. I found myself desperately wanting them to be so much more. Dark shadows filled his eyes. "I can hold them off until you get back." It’s a lie. I can see it in his eyes. But why would he lie to me? Why risk his life to protect mine? We’re enemies. None of this makes any sense. Within so many of the pages, secrets and lies filled the air. And those people, including Thiago, seemed to talk in riddles around and to Vi. At times I felt lost, just like her. But I quickly started to put all of the different clues together and I figured out the majority of the twists. It didn't alter my enjoyment of this book at all. There was still so many moving parts and unknowns to this story. It was impossible for Promise of Darkness not to enrapture my heart. “My life is yours, my heart, my soul. It always has been, from the second I saw you, curse you . If you want it, all you have to do is take it.” My heart skips a beat. “And if I don’t want it?” I whisper, glaring down at him. Promise of Darkness was magical and easily cast me in its spell. Especially when perilous moments flooded the pages and forced Thiago and Vi to work together. With political unrest and magic weaved into the story, I was fascinated with this world. OH and the side characters added so much to this story, how could I not love this book? So yes, I definitely recommend Promise of Darkness. I'll be counting down until I can dive into the next book of this series and discover the rest of this author's books too!*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**Plot and Core ThreeThe story of Hades and Persephone is beloved throughout time, and I enjoy this version of it. The mixture of fae lore and Greek mythology for the plot is an interesting one. I also appreciate that there is an emphasis of the unfairness of Persephone not having a choice in her life. She is caught between two people, mother and suitor, and she is caught between two worlds. The mother and sui **I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**Plot and Core ThreeThe story of Hades and Persephone is beloved throughout time, and I enjoy this version of it. The mixture of fae lore and Greek mythology for the plot is an interesting one. I also appreciate that there is an emphasis of the unfairness of Persephone not having a choice in her life. She is caught between two people, mother and suitor, and she is caught between two worlds. The mother and suitor bargain (sharing her on different months) and deceive (pomegranate from Hades in some versions, this version has a different type of deceit but from the mother) to settle Persephone’s future. Meanwhile, Persephone can be called a pawn and victim. I am so glad that McMaster has taken steps to emphasize that Vi has the power to control her life. Vi has some nasty surprises revealed to her in this book and her destiny seems bleak, but she does not stand down. I love that she is assertive in figuring out what she needs to know and taking actions to find a solution for her problems.Also, it is interesting to see the “Demeter” in this situation is Queen Adaia. Demeter has equal parts grief and anger in her reaction in losing her daughter. There is no doubt vengeance is a defining characteristic of her and she has punished people for the lost of her daughter. It is true here too with Queen Adaia seeking vengeance for losing her daughter – but not for love of her daughter, but for losing control of her daughter. Queen Adaia is definitely easy to hate here.So our Prince of Darkness is sweet. We can fault Hades because he literally kidnaps Persephone, is her uncle, and in some versions, tricks her in staying with him. However, there is pretty much no fault in Thiago. He is the epitome of respectfulness and patience. I appreciate that McMaster has made sure to emphasize that he will always give Vi the choice, even if it is not in his favor. There is one line in the book that I find particularly intriguing where he says he feels blessed by the gods for being given to her. I find that phrasing unique because most of the times in romance books, it would be being thankful the gods for giving the girl to the guy. However, here, he gives himself to her and is grateful for that chance. He is endlessly patient and sweet with her, so it is hard NOT to love him.It is safe to say that I 100% ship Vi and Thiago. I adore them so much. Other CharactersI have enjoyed the other characters we have met at the court of Evernight. To put it shortly:• Thalia is sweet and mischievous. I like her. I want to get to know more about her story and how “a witch stole her voice.” I vaguely hope this is going to be a retelling of The Little Mermaid. Anyway, I hope she gets her own book, especially to find out more on the saltkissed people.• I absolutely love that one of the fiercest, most competent characters is a female. Eris has a tough, rude personality and she scares a lot of people, but she is surprisingly loyal to her friends. Give her a book too please!• Finn is a goofball – I am sure we will get to know more about him later on. • Baylor. I do not really know much about him, but I hope we get more plot lines about him and his brother.Other ThoughtsThis book has 1st person POV, only 1 perspective, while her other books usually have 3rd person POV with multi-perspectives. I have to admit that I usually prefer books with multi-perspectives, but I 100% understand why it has this format. The single perspective helps along the plot – with the heavy emphasis on secrecy, mysteries, and reveals. On another note, I saw it coming with the 2 big reveals, but it was nonetheless entertaining to see how everything played out.Final ThoughtsIn general, I found this book series certainly different from McMaster’s other works, and I am happy to say that I am excited to see what is to come for this new series of hers. 4 starsThings that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below)Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Happy, but cliffhanger plot b/c not the last book (hide spoiler)]Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[No, no, medium (hide spoiler)]Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]Humor? (view spoiler)[Humorous bantering but not a book of humor (hide spoiler)]Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[When Thiago catches her eavesdropping on him and someone else in the woods, and she later on steals his horse after he takes her horse away. When Thiago saves Vi, and he gets stuck in a trap, and he tells her to run, but she refuses to and saves him back, and takes him to his cabin as they run away from the monsters. When she and Eris go save Thiago and the others. When she feels insecure about him regretting meeting her but he assures her that he doesn’t regret it because she gives him hope and happiness. When she finally remembers at the end. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Aisha Oaktree
    January 1, 1970
    Originally Reviewed on Bewitching BibliophileI went into this knowing only that it was a Persephone and Hades retelling. I literally knew nothing else and didn't need to know, I dived into the 400-page story and finished it in two days. I absolutely enjoyed this story but now the curse of the ARC is on me, now I have to wait a whole year before the next one comes out. waaahhhhhThere are so many good reasons to fall in love with this story, as a follower of the Druidic path, all the Celtic myths Originally Reviewed on Bewitching BibliophileI went into this knowing only that it was a Persephone and Hades retelling. I literally knew nothing else and didn't need to know, I dived into the 400-page story and finished it in two days. I absolutely enjoyed this story but now the curse of the ARC is on me, now I have to wait a whole year before the next one comes out. waaahhhhhThere are so many good reasons to fall in love with this story, as a follower of the Druidic path, all the Celtic myths are my jam, so reading a story that pulls the Fae, Unseelie court and Hades and Persephone together??? Yasss let me have it all. I loved the blend of the information about the Old Ones (both in the story and the real Celtic Gods) the way between the different Courts and the personal stories that we are learning as we go along.I really enjoyed the twist on the story with Vi & Thiago. As the story advances, we learn about who she is to Thiago the same way the character does (while I guessed a few chapters ahead of the full reveal, I wasn't sure how it would all play out and I certainly didn't guess that twist). I can certainly say that while some aspects of the Greek myth are in the story, the Queen is no Demeter. With the Courts going to war and the Alliance threatened to keep peace Princess Vi is sent to the Evernight Court with King Thiago and there she begins to learn there is more to this treaty than her mother told her.Enemies are gathering and the Old Gods are stirring, a prophecy about the destruction of the Courts is being banded about and someone wants to break the treaty. With no friends in her own Court and being behind enemy lines who can she trust?? And are the glimpses she sees with Thiago real?? Or is he like many of the others attempting to get to her mother through her??There are so many good threads and characters within this novel. I loved the progression of the story between Vi and Thiago, even when she had a few stupid moments, all because she she didn't believe in them but yeah I totally get her reasoning. I can't wait to see what happens with the Prince of Tides, with the brewing war, the betrayal and how that will impact the Courts, and what happens with the Old Ones. I can't wait for us to learn more about the cast of characters around Vi, including Eris and what her full story is, I can't wait for it all to be in my hands. But we have to wait until 2020. UGh.I highly recommend my love, it was a wonderful rump through the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Falling in love and being betrayed, learning to be strong and I enjoyed every second of it. ★★★★1/2☆RECOMMENDATIONSBook Recommendation: Persephone RetellingsHappy Reading my loves,
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  • Leona Woolfolk
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: Originally reviewed at Crafting By The Pound, https://craftingbythepound.com/blog-t...I received a copy of this book for free from the Author in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.While Promise of Darkness by Bec McMaster holds on to its individuality from her steampunk series, it does hold the same dark undertone that I remember from my time in her writing previously. The villains aren’t clearly stated so as the reader you find yourself learning things and investigating alon Disclaimer: Originally reviewed at Crafting By The Pound, https://craftingbythepound.com/blog-t...I received a copy of this book for free from the Author in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.While Promise of Darkness by Bec McMaster holds on to its individuality from her steampunk series, it does hold the same dark undertone that I remember from my time in her writing previously. The villains aren’t clearly stated so as the reader you find yourself learning things and investigating along with the characters.The world building of this first installment wasn’t the best I’ve encountered, but it worked well with the characters and the conflicts interwoven throughout the story. I wish I had had the time to marinate of this story but time just wasn’t on my side. I’m so intrigued by the curse that is talked about early on, as well as a deeper explanation of the origin story of this world McMaster crafted for Promise of Darkness and its subsequent novels.Another aspect of this story that I enjoyed were the solidity of the characters. Usually when you’re starting a new paranormal or fantasy series there’s so much attention given to the world and the positions each character plays, that the actual character development is sort left to the wayside. Not so with Promise of Darkness by Bec McMaster. Right out the gate she establishes the core strength of the characters we’ll be interacting with for the duration of the story and for that I thank her. One of the tell tell signs of me knowing that I’ll connect with the story is if my first introduction to the characters is well executed, which I was able to do here.It’s been a long time since I’ve delved into a Bec McMaster story and I’m so glad that Promise of Darkness was the story to re-introduce me to her writing. I will admit to there being something missing from this story that I needed in order to give it a full five stars. I think it had something to do with the full execution of the gritty factor that I was looking for from the first page.While her writing is somewhat mysterious, it’s not full on dark like I would prefer when it comes to the stories that she writes. I really get a Gothic feel from the cover to the oftentimes start of her novels but that feeling trickles away as I move closer to the end of the story. The causality could be the romance aspect of her stories but I don’t know if I feel comfortable placing the blame there.I’m really excited to see where this series goes and the twists and turns I’m sure the readers and her characters will encounter as they continue to face the overarching conflict.
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  • Zeee (I Heart Romance & YA)
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't know I needed a book like this until I started reading Promise of Darkness! It's everything I want in a fantasy romance and more! Plus, did I mention that it is also a Hades and Persephone retelling?Promise of Darkness is a first-person POV romance in the heroine, Vi's perspective. I normally love it when it's a multiple POV romance because I always want to get a glimpse of the heroes thoughts, feelings, and motives. For this book though, it is BEST if it is only in Vi's perspective bec I didn't know I needed a book like this until I started reading Promise of Darkness! It's everything I want in a fantasy romance and more! Plus, did I mention that it is also a Hades and Persephone retelling?Promise of Darkness is a first-person POV romance in the heroine, Vi's perspective. I normally love it when it's a multiple POV romance because I always want to get a glimpse of the heroes thoughts, feelings, and motives. For this book though, it is BEST if it is only in Vi's perspective because we are kept guessing! Not only that, Vi is an extremely unreliable narrator because what she knows about Prince Thiago and his kingdom has been colored by her mother's hatred towards the Prince and what she knows of his Kingdom. It was also clear that she was already convinced that she would hate.Even though I was kept guessing, I figured out what the twist was about halfway through the book. That did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. In fact, I wanted to find out more and also verify if my guesses were correct!Vi was an awesome heroine. Yes, her narration and POV was very unreliable but the change that happens to her throughout the book, especially when she found out the truth, was something that I really liked.Thiago was a very interesting character. Because it was all in Vi's POV, we are left guessing as to what he is thinking or feeling every time Vi spurns him. When everything was ultimately revealed, all his actions and reactions made sense! Bec McMaster really has a way of leaving plot points early on without spilling all the secrets!I'm normally not a fan of fae romance, but this one was perfect! I also loved how Bec McMaster seamlessly weaves in elements of Greek Mythology into the book! I recognized a lot of the elements here - especially her take on the Fate sisters!Promise of Darkness is a fast-paced mystery in a fae fantasy romance! I highly recommend this book! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!Read the review on I Heart Romance & YA
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  • Novel Grounds
    January 1, 1970
    This book was AMAZING. I needed an escape, and this book took me and threw me into it. This one absolutely did that. It threw me into this fantastical world and I didn't want to leave. Not only as the world amazing, but the characters endeared themselves to me. They were funny and a family and I fell for each of them. This is the type of squad I love and I swear it is the best kind in fantasy, these authors just do it right and this one was amazing.But the plot. This book threw so many twists a This book was AMAZING. I needed an escape, and this book took me and threw me into it. This one absolutely did that. It threw me into this fantastical world and I didn't want to leave. Not only as the world amazing, but the characters endeared themselves to me. They were funny and a family and I fell for each of them. This is the type of squad I love and I swear it is the best kind in fantasy, these authors just do it right and this one was amazing.But the plot. This book threw so many twists at me I got dizzy. I swear I spent half the book yelling at the Prince, and the other half, our princess. They both made some terrible life choices but in the end I was all about them and rooting for them.You know me, I always root for the happy ending.Now, I NEED THE NEXT BOOK, STAT. Just sayin. Add to Goodreads Synopsis: 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 smouldering 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 she strong enough to break it?A fairytale twist inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to sum up this book in two words they would be Confusing and Frustrating. There are too many queens with confusing names, too many minor characters in general, and too many wars and shifting alliances to keep track of. It is all a giant jumble of confusion; way too complicated to follow unless you are constantly taking notes to keep the characters and kingdoms and wars and monsters straight, and who wants to do that?Add to that Thiago is an insufferable, arrogant prick, it was not a fun If I had to sum up this book in two words they would be Confusing and Frustrating. There are too many queens with confusing names, too many minor characters in general, and too many wars and shifting alliances to keep track of. It is all a giant jumble of confusion; way too complicated to follow unless you are constantly taking notes to keep the characters and kingdoms and wars and monsters straight, and who wants to do that?Add to that Thiago is an insufferable, arrogant prick, it was not a fun read. He takes advantage of Vi, and he is cruel, manipulative, and self-righteous. He lies to her, keeps secrets left and right, and taunts her constantly. And he is so condescending. I could actually feel my blood pressure spiking, I was so frustrated at what an asshole he was to her. In what universe is that love? You can't have love without respect, and he treats her like a misbehaving child. He and everyone around him is lying to her and keeping secrets from her, making her feel like an idiot. He uses his position as her captor to extort kisses from her, a deal she only makes to avoid being raped, and which he gleefully forces her to live up to. He even invades her dreams and steals her thoughts, not even allowing her the privacy of that much of an escape from his imprisonment. It felt like a form of mental rape, and the whole thing made me sick that through all of this, he is somehow supposed to be (view spoiler)[the "loving" and devoted husband (hide spoiler)].The thing that pisses me off the most is she doesn't hate him. By rights, she should despise him for all the bullshit he puts her through, but she turns into a besotted fool whenever she looks at his muscles or his smile. It's insulting to women everywhere who have two brain cells to rub together.And the writing was not very good, either. All the "twists" were obvious from a mile away, so there was no interesting turns. It was obvious very early on that (view spoiler)[she was his wife and had forgotten him somehow, (hide spoiler)] but that did not excuse his behavior. Even knowing that, I was still pissed off with how he behaved toward her throughout the book.
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. I cannot believe that I have never picked up a Bec McMaster book before now! I have seen her books around but I hadn't realized that she had so many. I've been missing out and I am going to have the best time going through her backlist of titles. I love stories about fae and this one did not disappoint. I admit that the story did have some si Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. I cannot believe that I have never picked up a Bec McMaster book before now! I have seen her books around but I hadn't realized that she had so many. I've been missing out and I am going to have the best time going through her backlist of titles. I love stories about fae and this one did not disappoint. I admit that the story did have some similarities to A Court of Thorns and Roses. This is also a retelling of sorts of the Hades and Persephone myth. I had read that initially in the blurb but forgot by the time I actually picked the book up to read it. It isn't hard to see the retelling through the pages, though not every aspect of the myth is present in this story. The only thing that I didn't care for in the plotting of the story was that most of it was too predictable. I like being surprised when I read a book rather than being able to suppose the outcomes. The world-building is enjoyable. There is a lot of detail regarding the fae folklore. I really liked Vi's character. She stood on her own and made her own choices and decisions. She was loyal to her mother but when things didn't start adding up to what her mother had told her she started to think for herself. I liked that she didn't blindly follow. Thiago was so kind, patient, and a great ruler. He was very deep. I liked their slow-burn romance. I liked how they were standoffish with each other at first. It was understandable, really. Their banter was great and I couldn't get enough of these two. Overall, this story is so captivating. This is a magical start to a series that I can't wait to devour. If you love stories with fae then you should give this book a shot. I can't wait for more!More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Let me preface this with the fact that I really, really dislike first person POV.That aside, Bec McMaster has quickly become one of the few authors on my insta-buy list. So, my heart broke a little when I read the preview on the Kobo store. It made me hesitate in pre-ordering the day before release.Up until this point, I've never liked a book written in first person unless it was an autobiography or general non-fiction. I tend to avoid first person POV fiction, especially romance, like the plagu Let me preface this with the fact that I really, really dislike first person POV.That aside, Bec McMaster has quickly become one of the few authors on my insta-buy list. So, my heart broke a little when I read the preview on the Kobo store. It made me hesitate in pre-ordering the day before release.Up until this point, I've never liked a book written in first person unless it was an autobiography or general non-fiction. I tend to avoid first person POV fiction, especially romance, like the plague. But I figured I'd give it a chance, as I've never disliked any of this author's previous books.Did this book change my opinion on first person POV? No, I'm still firmly in the third person POV camp.Did I still like it? Yes.Despite the narrow perspective--you only get Vi's POV (a bit of a shame, since I really wanted more insight into the other characters, especially her sister)--I think it's justified for the plot twist in the story (you're just as confused as Vi, frustrated at being left out, etc.). It really says something when I rate a book 4 stars even though I didn't find the main character likable, and in a story only told from her perspective. Vi has her flaws, and while I don't like her, her flaws and struggles are rational enough that I can still root for her.Personal POV pet peeve aside, the book was action-packed, had some interesting world-building elements, the side characters has interesting backstories (although mostly brushed aside for now; hopefully they'll be expanded upon in the sequel), and find you guy who's as dedicated as Thiago lol.So, while I still hope this author will continue writing in third person, next time I won't hesitate to pre-order the sequel.
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Promise of Darkness is a great start to a new series by Bec McMaster. I really like how this author spins a story I can follow, without watering down or making too complicated the fantasy aspect. While this book is the first in a three-part arc about this couple, I felt like there was a solid stopping point with a manageable cliffhanger. Princess "Vi" Iskvien has never felt like she belonged in her mother's court. Queen Adaia has obviously preferred Vi's sister as her heir, doling out drips of a Promise of Darkness is a great start to a new series by Bec McMaster. I really like how this author spins a story I can follow, without watering down or making too complicated the fantasy aspect. While this book is the first in a three-part arc about this couple, I felt like there was a solid stopping point with a manageable cliffhanger. Princess "Vi" Iskvien has never felt like she belonged in her mother's court. Queen Adaia has obviously preferred Vi's sister as her heir, doling out drips of attention to Vi as a means of manipulation. The queen surprises Vi with news that she will spend three months in the court of the Prince of Evernight, the queen's biggest enemy. Insinuating Vi could gain favor by playing spy and assassin, the queen immediately sends Vi to her sentence. Prince Thiago is not what Vi expected and the secrets surrounding her make her question what's she's been told with what she sees.Both Vi and Thiago were likable characters. I wouldn't say Thiago is necessarily a "nice" guy, but the challenges he accepts, the choices he makes, and the people he fights for make him likeable. (The patience and determination on that guy!) Vi is wholly herself. She and Queen Adaia have a contentious relationship, which makes her rebelliousness, but also her desire for maternal approval work. She may want her mother's approval, but won't bend to the queen's every whim and knows she should trust herself, too. This book deviates from the duel perspective I like from McMaster, and it really made sense when the first major twist hit. I had some ideas with that big reveal might be, but really liked how it all played out. I felt like I got a good feel for the world and how it fits together, but I know there is so much more to expand on in future books. Given some of the slow secret reveals, we only got a taste of what could happen. However, since Promise of Darkness deals in Fea, anything is truly possible.I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.
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  • Raluca E
    January 1, 1970
    3.5-4*Let me just start by saying that I love Bec McMaster, the worlds she creates and her couples. Needless to say that I was super excited to find out that she's starting a new series in my favourite genre - fantasy romance...maybe that's why I was left a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoyed the story (hence the 4*), but there were a few things that I didn't like and that I'm going to leave here just to manage people's expectations. First, the story is told in first 3.5-4*Let me just start by saying that I love Bec McMaster, the worlds she creates and her couples. Needless to say that I was super excited to find out that she's starting a new series in my favourite genre - fantasy romance...maybe that's why I was left a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoyed the story (hence the 4*), but there were a few things that I didn't like and that I'm going to leave here just to manage people's expectations. First, the story is told in first person, which I generally don't like. The dislike is even greater when there is only one narrator. I would have liked to see Thiago's pov as well - I can imagine that the intention was to not give away the secret, but let's be honest, it became clear very early on to everyone, but the heroine, what the secret was. Second, I get the feeling that Vi was supposed to be a badass princess that can hold her own in a fight, but over and over again she was put in situations where she needed to be rescued by one of the other characters. Me don't like damsels in distress...Third, and most importantly, I HATE it when the h and H keep secretes from each other. Obviously, there was a reason for Thiago to keep the "main" secret, but there were so many other smaller ones that really had no point. Including at the very end when Vi figures out what her role might be in the grand scheme of things but keeps Thiago in the dark. Not nice, Vi, not nice!Anyway, other than these three points, I really liked the story and look forward to the next instalments. I hope we get to see more of Kyrian too.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally published at Goldilox and the Three Weres and based on a copy provided by the author.Promise of Darkness started a little slow for me, but that's not unusual for a first book in a series. By the end I was completely sucked in. There's so much Fae mythology packed in to this fantasy world with magic and portals and monsters. Most of the books about the Fae that I've read have a more modern setting so that was a nice change. There's also a mystery to solve and a curse to break. I Review originally published at Goldilox and the Three Weres and based on a copy provided by the author.Promise of Darkness started a little slow for me, but that's not unusual for a first book in a series. By the end I was completely sucked in. There's so much Fae mythology packed in to this fantasy world with magic and portals and monsters. Most of the books about the Fae that I've read have a more modern setting so that was a nice change. There's also a mystery to solve and a curse to break. It's so wonderfully twisty!I love an Enemies to Lovers romance and McMaster puts an interesting spin on the trope. Princess Iskvin isn't sure who her enemies are most of the time. She just knows that she's being lied to. And Prince Thiago smolders and seduces as he tries to earn her trust. Slow Burn FTW!This book reminds me of Amanda Bouchet's A Promise of Fire in a lot of ways. Obviously, the titles are similar and they are both the first book of an adult fantasy romance trilogy that follows the same couple. Both feature rival kingdoms and evil queens. Both also use modern language and familiar mythology to make a high fantasy setting more accessible.But my favorite thing about Bouchet's series was the found family of supporting characters surrounding the prince and McMaster has done a great job of creating that as well. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better as the series progresses. And Prince Thiago in particular has so many more secrets to reveal, I can't wait to see what's next.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I will admit that fantasy romance is something I love. I love the idea of far away kingdoms with handsome princes, danger, and of course, true love’s kiss. Promise of Darkness offers all that and more. Promise of Darkness is a story of Fae and treachery. Because, how can you have a story of the Fae and it not be all about lies, danger, mystical creatures. Promise of Darkness is set in a world where the Fae have trapped the Great Old Ones in their own realm for thousands of years because they fea I will admit that fantasy romance is something I love. I love the idea of far away kingdoms with handsome princes, danger, and of course, true love’s kiss. Promise of Darkness offers all that and more. Promise of Darkness is a story of Fae and treachery. Because, how can you have a story of the Fae and it not be all about lies, danger, mystical creatures. Promise of Darkness is set in a world where the Fae have trapped the Great Old Ones in their own realm for thousands of years because they feared them greatly. Now the rulers of the Seelie and Unseelie court grow restless. Someone is trying to set the Great Old Ones free. Meanwhile, Vi, a princess of a Seelie Court must go to a rival’s court as a hostage for three months. She finds herself in as pawn in the Prince’s game to win back his wife. I will admit the beginning of Promise of Darkness took awhile for me to get into because there was a lot of world building. I do mean a lot of world building. I definitely saw that twist coming a mile away. I would say by 40% into the story I was hooked and could not put the book down. The story gets really interesting as the danger ramps up. The questions start being asked. Who is really the monster? What makes a monster a monster? Can love really conquer all? I will say the steam factor of this story is mildly hot. All in all, Promise of Darkness is a satisfying read. I recommend it if you are fan of Labyrinth and Game of Thrones. I am definitely picking up the next book in the series because I am invested in this story of love, treachery, and crowns.
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  • jammaster_mom
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy Ms. McMaster's other series. She has great world building and interesting, flawed characters. I had a really hard time getting into this book. This book is all from the POV of Vi, who is a princess in a Fae court ruled by her ruthless Mother. Vi feels outcast because she is unable to use or access her magic unlike everyone else. She feels lost and out of place in her Mother's court and doesn't understand why. Then her Mother springs on her an agreement for Vi to be given to one of I really enjoy Ms. McMaster's other series. She has great world building and interesting, flawed characters. I had a really hard time getting into this book. This book is all from the POV of Vi, who is a princess in a Fae court ruled by her ruthless Mother. Vi feels outcast because she is unable to use or access her magic unlike everyone else. She feels lost and out of place in her Mother's court and doesn't understand why. Then her Mother springs on her an agreement for Vi to be given to one of the two Princes courts for 3 months. This begins a very strange journey for Vi not unlike Alice when she went down the rabbit hole. Thiago is the ruthless Fae prince who rules his lands with absolute authority. He is mistrusted for his suspected UnSeelie blood and his assassination of the other claimants to the throne. There is one thing he is sure of, he loves his wife with complete devotion.My issue with this book is that since we only have Vi's POV throughout we are as limited as she is to what is happening. This is huge for the plot of the book and I will not spoil it for you here. I think I would have enjoyed the book much more if we had some chapters from Thiago's POV to even out the story more. I am interested to see where the overall story arc goes from here. I am hopeful that the next book picks the series up a few notches for me. Still worth a read, in my opinion, and you should pick up Ms. McMaster's other books for sure!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Promise of Darkness is the start of a brand new series. Like all McMaster stories the world building is amazing, deep and enthralling. It does have some differences in writing style from her previous series but she handles them wonderfully. I am always impressed when authors can let themselves try new things, especially if they do it well. First, the book is told in first person, all from Vi's point of view. I did miss having snatches from Thiago's thoughts but it worked well. I'm hoping the nex Promise of Darkness is the start of a brand new series. Like all McMaster stories the world building is amazing, deep and enthralling. It does have some differences in writing style from her previous series but she handles them wonderfully. I am always impressed when authors can let themselves try new things, especially if they do it well. First, the book is told in first person, all from Vi's point of view. I did miss having snatches from Thiago's thoughts but it worked well. I'm hoping the next book is from his pov. And secondly, it is supposed to be part of a trilogy with this couple before moving on to other couples, think Nalini Singh's Angel series. Do expect a bit of a cliff hanger, kind of like Star Wars 4. The princess is safe but the empire is still out there.The love story is a bit of a slower burn but if there are going to be 3 books for them then that works. Plus, without giving to much away, their issues meant it had to be. Don't worry though there are still some great a next moments. My only hesitancy was there are a couple of big "reveals" that were a bit obvious but the characters still seemed shocked. Very much looking forward to the next book!I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.
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  • Franjessca
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review posted at Book Lovin' MamasI kept swiping my Kindle’s screen when reading this book because I had a hard time putting it down. I was intrigued by the storyline and how Bec McMaster kept me wanting more. Now I have to wait for the second book in the series, especially after what Vi had done in this book. She did the unthinkable, but she chose the unthinkable to have what she most wanted in her life. Her mother is a ruthless villain in this story, but be warned other villains in the st Full Review posted at Book Lovin' MamasI kept swiping my Kindle’s screen when reading this book because I had a hard time putting it down. I was intrigued by the storyline and how Bec McMaster kept me wanting more. Now I have to wait for the second book in the series, especially after what Vi had done in this book. She did the unthinkable, but she chose the unthinkable to have what she most wanted in her life. Her mother is a ruthless villain in this story, but be warned other villains in the story will make her seem very weak. I loved this story and anxiously wait for the next book. I’ve read Bec McMaster’s Steampunk Romance books, but this series may become a favorite of hers. I can’t gush enough, and I can’t wait to see where she has all the characters go next in the second book. Story Rating: 5 starsSteaminess Rating: 3.5 starsStandalone or part of series: Part of the Dark Court Rising series and highly recommend reading in order.Do I recommend this book? Yes, most definitely.Will I read other books from the author? Yes.Tropes/Elements: Paranormal Fantasy; Fae (Seelie/UnSeelie); Enemies-to-Lovers; Fairy Retelling of Hades and Persephone
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  • Joelle
    January 1, 1970
    Let's start off by saying that we really love this authors books and we have to say that we really enjoyed this current story.The story for us was funny and intriguing and was surrounded by a whole lot of mystery and lies and secrets but, most of all everything is not what it seems.The characters were amazing both the good and bad ones but, we loved Vi and Thiago from the very beginning.We loved Vi and Thiago's sensual banter back and forth and their heat and chemistry between them even when Vi Let's start off by saying that we really love this authors books and we have to say that we really enjoyed this current story.The story for us was funny and intriguing and was surrounded by a whole lot of mystery and lies and secrets but, most of all everything is not what it seems.The characters were amazing both the good and bad ones but, we loved Vi and Thiago from the very beginning.We loved Vi and Thiago's sensual banter back and forth and their heat and chemistry between them even when Vi thought he was her enemy and should hate him.Thiago was sexy as sin with the dark smoldering looks and that voice of his was every girls undoing but, most of all he was full of many secrets.Overall we loved the story to beginning to end and can't wait for the next installment.The story was gripping and suspenseful and full of betrayals time and time again by those you are suppose to love.The story also was heart breaking and heart felt as it was torture to watch the one you love most in this world look upon you with hate and think you the enemy when you love them above all else and they don't love you back or so you think."We loved it from beginning to the bitter end !"
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  • Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 -3 starsI’m a sucker for fae. I also like Bec McMaster’s. Although “Promise of Darkness” contained some compelling-to-me elements, it’s pacing was frustrating. It’s the way the Hades and Persephone part of the story unfolded so, so slowly. The action finally kicks in after the second half of the book. At first, Thiago, the hero, reminded me of Rhys from Sarah J. Maas’ series A Court of Thorns and Roses, but given time the situation distinguished their differences. There will be a second book 2.5 -3 starsI’m a sucker for fae. I also like Bec McMaster’s. Although “Promise of Darkness” contained some compelling-to-me elements, it’s pacing was frustrating. It’s the way the Hades and Persephone part of the story unfolded so, so slowly. The action finally kicks in after the second half of the book. At first, Thiago, the hero, reminded me of Rhys from Sarah J. Maas’ series A Court of Thorns and Roses, but given time the situation distinguished their differences. There will be a second book in this series. I’m not sure who the couple will be, but I’m assuming the cliffhanger ending indicted Vi and Thiago. I’m almost hoping a secondary character will lead the next book because I think I’ve had enough of Vi and Thiago. Hopefully, Ms. McMaster has a really tight, action-packed story cooked up for “Crown of Darkness.” *crosses fingers*
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