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A Modern Twist on Irish Folklore: A Review of “Darkness of Light” by Stacey Marie Brown

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

GOODREADS.COM Description: “Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo. Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her. When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible. Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could. DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance. **Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series.”

The word that immediately comes to mind for this New Adult tale is AMAZING!

I’ve always been a fan of mythology, but, I had never read any Irish folklore. Brown crafted a very ingenious tale of fairies, demons and Otherworld folk. I knocked this book out in two days! The plot and characters had me so intrigued.

To be honest, this would not normally be a “must-read” book for me. But, I’m a fan of the television shows “Grimm” and “Constantine” so Darkness of Light seemed to be right up my alley. Brown did not disappoint.

I was totally drawn into the tale of a young Dae (a cross between a Demon and a Fay) and her battle with an Otherworld Queen, her servants and the Dark Dwellers. Unfortunately, I was half way into the book before I had any inkling of what a Dark Dweller looked like. That didn’t bother me as much as the description of the main character, Ember. Usually, I don’t rely too much on a cover picture to visualize characters. But, I had a hard time trying to fix the image of Ember (Em) in my mind. So, I was very thankful for a clear picture on the cover.

Once I was past the character descriptions, the plot twists continued to push me forward. The creativity in the story line was phenomenal. Brown keeps you guessing right up to the final page.

The only other detail that caused some dismay was Brown’s use of Irish. I’d never heard the language spoken so, I had no idea what the characters should have sounded like. Plus, I had no way of knowing how to pronounce the words I was reading. For some readers, that won’t be an issue. I’m someone, however, who really visualizes the characters I’m reading including their voices. Brown does give a glossary at the end of the book. Mind you, I was reading an e-book version. It would have been helpful if the glossary could have been in the front for e-books.

If you’re new to the New Adult Paranormal genre, be sure to include Darkness of Light on your reading list. I’m already reading book two in the series.

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