Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Posted September 8, 2015 | 30 Comments

Darken the Stars by Amy A. BartolDarken the Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket #3
Published by: 47North
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 302
Source: Publisher

Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.

Wow, I don’t know what to say …

I fell so deeply in love with this first two books, so I’ll be honest, I was afraid to read Darken the Stars. What if it turned out to be a total dud? I would be crushed. I had absolutely nothing to be scared of though. This book is everything!

This book is buried deep into my little black heart for an abundance of reasons, but I don’t feel like I can come close to adequately explaining exactly why, especially without giving spoilers. What it mainly comes down to, though, is it made me feel. I felt such a wide range of emotions. Not just little flutters here and there, no, I’m talking strong tidal waves of them. The intensity of them drove me crazy sometimes, especially when it came to Kyon, but lordy, did I ever love it like you wouldn’t believe.

Kricket has been consistently wonderful the entire series, but in this book, she was so much more. I love this girl and connected with her in so, so many ways! I’m extremely proud of the woman she became and the tough decisions she made. She’s a heroine that will stick with me for many years to come.

This isn’t as action packed as the previous book, but that’s perfectly fine. It was more of a chess game with power moves and betrayal, which can be just as deadly. I swear, Darken the Stars went just how I would’ve wanted it to.

With every book in this series, I’ve gone back and reread the last few chapters after I finished. I can’t let go! With Darken the Stars, I read the last chapter and epilogue several times and it still had a major effect on me every time. There were definitely tears involved.

As of now, I don’t know whether there will be a fourth book or not. If not, I’m reluctantly at ease with the way it ended. However, I need more! There’s still so much more that can be explored. Either way, I will be rereading this series over and over, far into the future.


30 responses to “Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol

  1. Jazmen

    I Contemplated reading these books and now I am definitely going for it. I want to feel all those emotions and them some. Nice review!

  2. Ria

    OMG!!!!!!! ME TOO!!!! I read this TWICE!!
    (overly dramatic fangirl voice)->I CANT LET GO!!! I’LL NEVER LET GO!!!
    (back to composed Ria)-> Gosh I really really hope there is another book…one for all the Kyon fans out there 😉
    Trey? Trey who? lol jk jk its just…Kyon…hes so much more…everything…he gives her everything…confides in her…teaches her…as an equal
    not like a babysitter the way ol whats his face treated her 😉
    okay okay i’m leaving just wanted to say your review made my day cause

  3. I’m the exact same way Christy! I always hesitate to pick up a second book in a series or the final book in a series when I’ve loved the previous book(s), worried that it just won’t have the same magic. So glad that wasn’t the case here and that this book was everything you hoped it would be!

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    • Christy

      I tweeted the author to ask if there will be a 4th book, and she said there hasn’t been a decision yet. Gah! It would be cool if it skipped a few years and … I have it all planned out in my head. lol.

  4. I’m kind of curious how you found this series. I missed this one completely. I’ve just never ever heard of it until I saw everyone picking up one form of it or another recently. I know you don’t get this giddy over just anything 🙂 Adding the first book 😉

  5. Whenever I see an Amy Bartol book, I can’t help but slip into a case of nerd rage, because of her decision to produce another complete series in the time readers have been waiting for Iniquity, which is supposed to be the final book in her other series. Instead she signed a book deal and brought out the Kricket series and left fans hanging. Three years later and I’m out of patience with all the ‘teasers’. I know this one didn’t seem as engaging for you compared to the first two books, but still have really wanted to start the series, but vowed not to until she completes the other one.

    I can’t believe it’s been three years and I’m still pissed.
    Wonderful review Christy and I’m so sorry for the rant <3 <3

    • Christy

      lol – That would probably drive me nuts too. I haven’t read her other series, but I saw that Iniquity will be out in December, so hopefully your nerd rage will be somewhat soothed. 😀 You’ll definitely have to read this series afterwards. I found this book totally engaging, just not as action packed. I plan on read the Premonition series soon.

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  6. wow this sure sounds like a good series! I’ve seen this book around the blogosphere a few times, but I was a bit on the fence on whether I want to read it or not. I noticed these books are on netgalley, so maybe I’ll just have to request it and give it a try and decide for myself. I love it when books make you feel and when a main character grows into an even more awesome person over the course of a series. Great Review!

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