Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Page Numbers: 503 hardcover
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he meets mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who reveals a secret world that has been hidden in plain sight all along. Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems. (Summary, courtesy of Borders.com)
Today marks a sad yet happy day. Since everyone always likes the good news first, here it goes: I finished Beautiful Darkness today. What a thrilling novel. Margaret and Kami make up the Super-Author-Wonder-Team with this series. There was a roller-coaster of emotions throughout the whole novel. Perhaps one of the novels greatest qualities (besides the great characters, the fascinating imagery, and of course an all-around great story line) was that the book stayed interesting the whole time. Once I settled in bed for at night to start reading, I really couldn’t force myself to put this book down. Once one question would get answered in the book, twenty more would appear. The last page of the book leaves us with perhaps the biggest question of all; what is it that Ridley plans to do and how is it going to affect all Casters? I have nothing but positive things to say about this book. We watched as Ethan looses the love of his life, Lena, and then how he went to the ends of the world (literally) to protect her from her greatest enemy, herself. We also get to watch as Link’s character transforms into the hick-town best friend, to an almost-studdly knight in shining armor. To add to it, new characters are introduced that provide quite a bit of conflict in the book. Beautiful Darkness takes you through so many twists and turns, throws some unexpected curve balls, but in the end it makes for an excellent story.
And for the bad news: The next book doesn’t come out until fall of next year. That is going to be a long, hard year, full of anticipation. So there it is my first attempt at a book review. It’s nothing special, nothing formal; just my honest opinions on the book.