Only magic can save them from what is coming, but first, it must be reclaimed.
Twenty years ago, war devastated Dreach. Bloody and cruel, it ravaged the realm and stripped magic from Dreach-Science.
Without magic, there is no hope. No life. For Prince Trystan Renauld, there is no choice. As his people starve, his enemy prepares for a final showdown that will decide the fate of the realm.
Without magical power, he and his people will lose everything. Even with it, they may fail.
Against a backdrop of prophecy, curses, and forbidden love, Trystan must reunite the legendary Tri-Gard, keepers of the magic, and find the power he’s always believed was a fairy tale: magic, the very foundation of life. With both sides preparing for battle, it’s a race against time—and against the kind of darkness that can destroy them all.
The best way I could describe this book would be, a spin-off or a retelling of Merlin.
This book reminded me of Merlin, one of my all-time favorite TV shows, except it wasn’t exactly that. A lot of the main plots that make up the show Merlin are reversed and used in this book.
In Merlin, magic was banned and thought to be almost instinct. Although a few of the main characters believed that the return of magic would be a good thing, the King would kill anyone who attempts to do anything related to magic. In Prophecy of Darkness, the return of magic to the king is something that is vital for the Kingdom to flourish, fixing all of the problems.
Both stories carry the prophecy of having a commoner being by the side of the Princes as they attempt to save their kingdoms and return magic back to the lands. Even the clique of characters had a lot of personal trait similarities. but it is all jumbled up and given to different characters. And although I would have been satisfied with reading this as a Merlin Retelling, this story is so much more than that.
The magical world is simple, yet fascinating. From backstories to things that are happening in the present, the world building kept me hooked. But what I loved the most was the characters. The emotional struggles were so real, that sometimes I forgot I was reading a fictional book. The character I loved the most is Davi, and the character that I sympathized with the most is Lorelai.
What amazed me was how this book was written by two authors, yet there weren’t any conflicting writing styles. Their voices blended as one, leading for the book to be perfectly executed.
I am not going to lie, that ending broke my heart. I can’t wait to read the sequel, and hopefully, things get better in that book.
I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.