Sunday 13 August 2023

Book Review: Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat (YA Fantasy)

Title: Dark Rise (Dark Rise #1)
Author: C. S. Pacat
Publisher: Quill Treet Books
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the Library

The ancient world of magic is no more. Its heroes are dead, its halls are ruins, and its great battles between Light and Dark are forgotten. Only the Stewards remember, and they keep their centuries-long vigil, sworn to protect humanity if the Dark King ever returns.

Sixteen-year-old dock boy Will is on the run, pursued by the men who killed his mother. When an old servant tells him of his destiny to fight beside the Stewards, Will is ushered into a world of magic, where he must train to play a vital role in the oncoming battle against the Dark.

As London is threatened by the Dark King’s return, the reborn heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war begin to draw battle lines. But as the young descendants of Light and Dark step into their destined roles, old allegiances, old enmities and old flames are awakened. Will must stand with the last heroes of the Light to prevent the fate that destroyed their world from returning to destroy his own.


I'd been hearing about Dark Rise for ages, but I only just now got around to reading it after borrowing it from the library recently when my TBR was on the smaller side for a change. Overall, this was a really enjoyable YA fantasy read. Will and Violet were both compelling characters and I enjoyed following their adventures. I guessed the twist a little ahead of the reveal, but not by that much, so it still came as a fun surprise to me, and it's in light of that twist in particular that I am excited to see what will happen in the next book. The world building and pacing were well handled throughout; I was always keen to turn the page to see what would happen next, and even at 450 pages, it never felt long as the prose was easy reading and you could race through the chapters. I will definitely continue reading this series and I am giving this first book 5 stars.

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