By Crystal Connor
Publisher: Bennett & Hastings, 2010
249 pages, paperback
Date Finished: 16/10/2011
Genres: Mature Teen, Coming of Age, Fantasy
Artemisia, a scientist who also practices alchemy, is wealthy beyond imagination. She is one of the founding members of the Skyward Group, a privately funded, secret, research facility conducting experiments that erase what tradition has established as the boundaries separating the realm of man from the realm of God. Artemisia has everything she wants - money, fame, knowledge and power - except for a child. Inanna is a powerful and dangerous witch, also wealthy beyond imagination. Her powers are greater and more deadly than any in the long tradition before her. Inanna has everything she wants - money, knowledge and God-like power - except for a child. The Child has nothing. At three months of age, he knows only what he has experienced through the bars of his locked cage. He has nothing. He doesn't have a mommy. He doesn't have a daddy. He doesn't have a name. The scientists who created him do not handle him, because they know The Child is dangerous. In The Darkness, Two women clash in a vicious battle that has been fought since the days of King Solomon - the fight over a child. One woman unleashes the nightmarish arsenal of modern science while the other dispatches the weaponries of witchcraft. And as The Child grows up, his love for one and resentment for the other will change the fate of both these women, forever.~First Line: "I am an alchemist."
~Last Line: "I told you that from the beginning."
Review: This book was absolutely amazing. At first the characters and events were confusing, but it all leveled out in the end. I'll go ahead and say that you should definitely read this book.
The main characters, Adam, is a wizard. At the age of four, he's mistreated in one organization, rescued and loved by another. Then he's kidnapped from that organization and found by a witch that comes to love him as if he were her own son.
Inanna, the witch that found Adam after he was kidnapped, is probably my favorite character. She was always just so loving with Adam. She never really got mad at him, either, which I thought was way too adorable.
At first, my favorite character was the founder of the group that rescued him, Artemisia; but by the last four pages, I was hoping she'd just fall into a coma. She was ruthless. I just don't understand how she could be so cold D: .
But anywya, the plot of The Darkness was really good. Like I said, the beginning was a little confusing, but as you keep reading you're able to keep up with the characters. There was just dsomething about the way the charries all acted and behaved around each other that pulled you into the story and made you read for hours at a time.
All in all, this book was just fabulously marvelous. I definitely recommend it to any reader who loves witches or paranormal in general. A great read indeed :).
Be on the look out for Crystal Connor's next novel, Artificial Light, in which Inanna comes back!
Plot Rating: 5
Character Rating: 5
Cover Rating: 4.5
GoodReads Rating: 4.5
and three-fourths :)