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Darkness Brutal: The Dark Cycle, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Demons lurk in drawn-out, angsty fantasy.

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The demons are deliciously creepy, and the supporting cast colorful, in this brooding urban fantasy for teens who love exploring the dark side. But too many plot points are unconvincingly solved by convenience. Hero Aidan spends too much time wringing his hands, especially in the too-slow middle.

Author Rachel A. Marks effectively weaves events from the past into the narrative and creates believable, relatable teen characters grappling with the mysteries of their own supernatural abilities as they come of age. One of the main characters' fate is left hanging, but it's fair play as part of a series cliffhanger; otherwise the ending satisfies. Fantasy lovers will enjoy this solid genre piece.

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