Review: A Darkness at the Door by Intisar Khanani

Synopsis: I’ve been cursed, betrayed, and sold into slavery – but the truth I carry can’t be allowed to die. Only Rae knows the extent of the corruption at the heart of the kingdom of Menaiya, from the noble lord who betrayed her, to the Circle of Mages whose wards protect the slavers from discovery. Injured and imprisoned on a slave ship, Rae’s options are quickly running out. When a desperate escape attempt goes terribly wrong, she finds herself indebted to a terrifying Fae sorceress. Now Rae will not rest until she has rescued her fellow prisoners and freed her land from the darkness that has taken hold. To succeed, she’ll need every ally she can find—including Bren, the thief who may have stolen her heart. But Bren is hiding his own bloody secrets, and the curses that encircle Rae have sunk their claws into her mind. With her debts coming due and time running short, all the truths in the world may not be enough to save her kingdom, or herself.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Fairytale

Date of Publication: July 21st, 2022

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Length: 486 pages

My rating: 5/5

Review: A HUGE thanks to Intisar Khanani and Snowy Wings Publishing for the digital ARC of A Darkness at the Door! I was so fortunate to get to read this book early, and devoured it in only a couple of days.

A Darkness at the Door picks up right where The Theft of Sunlight leaves off, following Rae on her perilous quest to save the children of Menaiya. A Darkness at the Door continued to build up the characters that had been introduced in the earlier books, and I really enjoyed following their individual arcs. The tone of this book was a bit darker, but it still contained plenty of lighthearted moments. I feel like A Darkness at the Door was a bit faster-paced than The Theft of Sunlight, likely because of how it dove right into the action in the first chapter. I was very happy with the pacing of the book, it packed in a lot of story development without feeling rushed or overdone. I appreciate how Intisar always finds a good balance between the main storyline and the side stories so that one never overshadows the other. I also appreciated how everything was thoughtfully wrapped up, while also leaving room for more books in the future.

I don’t know if there is going to be a sequel to this book, or a continuation of the Dauntless Path series at this point in time. I would personally love to read a story from the perspective of some of the other characters, especially Lirika or Niya. Even a book set a bit in the future and back in the POV of Alyrra would also be great! Overall I loved the Dauntless Path series and the characters so much that I would be thrilled to see it continued in some way! I will definitely be watching for more books from Intisar Khanani.

I would recommend A Darkness at the Door, as well as The Theft of Sunlight and Thorn, to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel with diverse and exciting characters, a touch of romance, and some exciting twists and turns!

A Darkness at the Door with be released (Digital Copy) on July 21st! Pre-order your copy here!

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