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ARC Review: Daughter of Darkness

Daughter of Darkness

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars

Publication date: 4th August 2022

Deina, the Soul Severer of Iolkos, is ready to do anything to escape her service to Hades, the King of the Underworld. In the competitive environment of the House of Hades, where women are treated as inferior to men, she has to steal and bribe to build her position. When Orpheus, the tyrant ruling over the ancient world, asks for volunteers for a mysterious task and offers wealth and freedom from the service as a reward, she jumps at the chance. Soon, she is forced to forge an alliance with her rival Severers as they embark on a mission to retrieve the king’s wife Eurydice from the Underworld.

Daughter of Darkness is an epic adventure in a world based on Greek mythology. It is your classic quest narrative, where a group of heroes has to overcome many difficulties in their journey to attempt the unthinkable, fulfil a prophecy or their destiny. The world created by the authors is a detailed recreation of ancient Greece with the addition of the usage of the god’s power by the chosen mortals. They can channel the energy but have to pay the price for it. For a Severer, forty years of service, that can be shortened by performing more prestigious tasks. Which explains their competitive nature, little arguments and determination to complete the impossible task of bringing a dead woman back to the land of the living.

This book is an exciting, addictive read. It has incredible world-building, lots of action and great characters. Deina is an exceptional heroine. Morally grey, as she is a known thief and liar, but still has her own rules and remains loyal to her companions. Apart from the original heroes created by the authors, we meet many characters known from mythology, like Orpheus, Hades and Charon, portrayed in a refreshing, original way. Mythology seems to be only a skeleton on which Katharine and Elizabeth Corr built their unique universe.

I genially enjoyed reading this fantastic novel. I would recommend it to all the fans of YA fiction, fantasy and mythology retellings.

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