Pool, Katy Rose. There Will Come a Darkness.
Pool, Katy Rose. There Will Come a Darkness. Henry Holt & Company Books for Young Readers, September 2019. 496p. $19.99. 978-1-250-21175-0.
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For generations the world was guided by the Seven Prophets. They disappeared, leaving only a vaguely written prophecy of an Age of Darkness and a new Prophet. Five diverse young people are drawn together to unveil this prophecy and to either bring about or stop the Age of Darkness. Several of the young people have powers, referred to in this world as "graces." The five include Ephyra (also known as The Pale Hand), who can kill with a touch but also use that grace to heal; Ephyra's sister Beru, who is healed by her killings; Hassan, who believes himself to be the new Prophet; and Anton, who has the grace to locate anything but has horrifying flashbacks of drowning upon using it. The final member of the five is Jude, a prince just returned from exile.
This remarkable debut novel is the first book in a trilogy. The skillful use of multiple points of view allows the reader to be sympathetic to many characters, even those that in a less richly written novel might have been viewed as evil. Instead, the character and world building are so strong that the reader nearly forgives the murderous Pale Hand killer as her true motives are revealed. Each chapter focuses on an individual character, culminating in a union of many of them at the conclusion, which will have readers eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Recommend this title to young adult and adult fans of epic fantasy.--Sherrie Williams