Darkhaven (The Darkhaven Novels, Book 1)

Darkhaven (The Darkhaven Novels, Book 1)

by A. F. E. Smith

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ISBN-13: 9780008103507
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/02/2015
Series: The Darkhaven Novels , #1
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 364
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A.F.E. Smith is an editor of academic texts by day and a fantasy writer by night. So far, she hasn't mixed up the two. She lives with her husband and their two young children in a house that someone built to be as creaky as possible.

Her successful series The Darkhaven Novels, including the novels Goldenfire (2016) and Darkhaven (2015), will continue in 2017 with Windsinger.

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Darkhaven 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. If you like fantasy, mystery, complicated people and clever plots, with a touch of romance, I thoroughly recommend this book.
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CarlyLB More than 1 year ago
I'm not much for reviewing but I wanted to do this one. I won it in a giveaway. The author didn't ask for a review in return, I just enjoyed it so much I thought it would be nice to write something. So here goes. A bunch of fantasy books I've read recently have tended toward a bleak view of humanity. Nasty characters doing nasty things. So something I liked about Darkhaven was its optimism. The characters are complicated and make mistakes. They have less likeable traits. And dark and nasty things do happen in the book. So it's not all rainbows and kittens. Yet most of the characters have what I think of as basic human decency. They are trying to do the right thing. I just found that kind of refreshing to read a fantasy book where the author doesn't think that all people are selfish and amoral. Next up, the plot. This is super unpredictable and keeps you guessing. I found it hard to put down, specially near the end. I felt like Darkhaven is a book that was tightly plotted beforehand, where all the storylines come together in a way that is inevitable and yet unpredictable. There is romance in this book, so if you don't like the kind of trope where people fall in love pretty quickly then this won't be for you. But at the same time, I felt like it wasn't a happy ever after ending. You have a couple or two who are in a relationship by the end of the book, but the author has left it open ended as to whether those relationships succeed. I'm hoping there will be a second book in that respect because I don't feel like I'm done with the characters. Overall, you can probably tell, I really liked this book and think it deserves to be more widely known. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who likes a good plot and complex, well-rounded characters at the forefront of their fantasy, letting the world building take back seat and come out organically over the course of the book (which is the way I prefer it, I hate being thrown a lot of unnecessary detail). Like I said, if you want grimdark you won't find it here, but if you'd like a satisfyingly dark and dangerous read that still has an optimistic heart then Darkhaven is for you.