Darkhaven (The Darkhaven Novels, Book 1)

Darkhaven (The Darkhaven Novels, Book 1)

Kobo ebook | July 2, 2015

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Ayla Nightshade never wanted to rule Darkhaven. Yet her half-brother Myrren hasn’t inherited the family’s ability to shapeshift, so their father, Florentyn, forces Ayla to take over as heir to the throne. When Ayla is accused of Florentyn’s brutal murder only Myrren believes her innocent and aids her escape. A fugitive from her own guard, Ayla must now fight to clear her name if she is ever to wear the crown she never wanted and be allowed to return to the home she has always loved. But does something more sinister than the power to shapeshift lie at the heart of the Nightshade family line?

Title:Darkhaven (The Darkhaven Novels, Book 1)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 2, 2015Publisher:HarperCollins PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:000810350X

ISBN - 13:9780008103507


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cracking fantasy whodunit This is a fast paced fantasy novel with a murder mystery plot and a good bit of romance as well! Both characters and plot are handled expertly, driving each other along to the inevitable conclusion. All the characters are great but I particularly loved Tomas Caraway, the failed Helmsman who is given a second chance, and Naeve Sorrow, the famous mercenary who turns out to have a weak spot after all. I loved the way the different characters were gradually drawn together. You feel the plot tightening around them until the book becomes impossible to put down. The second half is a relentless rollercoaster that left me breathless and a little bit teary. This is a cross genre novel in which the fantasy, whodunit and romance elements are all perfectly done. I'd love to see more of this kind of genre crossing in place of more standard fantasy fare. In summary, a really impressive standalone debut novel that's beautifully written and cleverly plotted, it deserves to be more widely known.
Date published: 2015-09-20