Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket #3
Published by: 47North
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
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.