- ASIN: B0BNW36LZ5
- Language: English
- Print length: 251 pages
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fantasy fiction
The BookViral Review:
Writing in a genre that suffers from a shortage of quality releases means releasing something a little different and that’s exactly what Smith has done with her Mythics and Mortals series. Leaving us with a cliffhanger of an ending in Book 1 and hitting the ground running in Book 2, with the aptly titled ‘Darkness’.
You know from the opening chapter that you’ve picked up an exciting read and Darkness is a story that quickly gets its hooks into you as Christina finds herself butting heads with Zeus in a fight to restore her father’s (Hades) immorality. There’s also her new role as Queen Of The Underworld which brings its own set of challenges and some romantic tension to be resolved but Christina is definitely up for the challenge!
Giving us an intriguing plot that’s deliciously dark at times Smith’s colourfully visual imagination is once again evident as she brings her characters to life with a feisty narrative to deliver everything a reader could want from a Teen & Young Adult Fantasy novel.
As with Book 1 (Awakening), Smith’s characters are deftly drawn, substantive and vivid as she steers away from stoic stereotypes. Yes, you will find favoured tropes from the genre but as with Awakening, Smith keeps them fresh by adding her own unique twists as the battle against Oxyllion continues. More importantly, she doesn’t exploit them to the point where we find ourselves reminded of other stories.
The Teen & Young Adult Fantasy genre is littered with lacklustre imaginings but the best novels are invariably carried by their protagonists and in Christina Jones Smith has hit a home run. There are new pivotal characters like Hephaestus, Cronos, Hermes and Kreelous with treachery and demonic shape changing, death and loss and another cliffhanging ending to leave Smith’s readers chaffing at the bit for her next release!
Embracing all the drama and intrigue expected of Teen & Young Adult Fantasy fiction and delivered with unabashed flair Darkness is certainly recommended with particular appeal to fans of the Percy Jackson novels.