Rating: 5 stars
Ayla Nightshade never wanted to rule Darkhaven. But her half-brother Myrren – true heir to the throne – hasn’t inherited their family gift, forcing her to take his place.
When this gift leads to Ayla being accused of killing her father, Myrren is the only one to believe her innocent. Does something more sinister than the power to shapeshift lie at the heart of the Nightshade family line?
Now on the run, Ayla must 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.
I was obsessed with this book from the first page. Deceit, danger, betrayal, and a lot of danger set within a magical realm – Darkhaven has it all!
I was instantly caught up in Darkhaven’s lush storytelling. Darkhaven is told in multiple POVs, and I loved the insight from all the characters. It made it like a web of information, all the paths consistently intertwining. A.F.E. Smith really has a gift for story telling.
I loved the characters – Ayla, Serenna, Myrron, Caraway, the whole cast was fantastic. It is rare that I love the entire cast of characters this much, especially in a fantasy world where there were so many primary characters. Regardless, I found myself rather attached to them and was sad to see the book come to an end.
I loved the intricacies of the Changers and the gift that surrounded them. It was fresh and new, yet still melded with many of the classical components of fantastical creatures.
The ending was so good, yet I want more. I would love to revisit this wonderful world and see what will come to past next, especially as the final chapters unravel a lot of answers and confirmed some suspicions I had.
I am very excited to see what A.F.E. Smith writes next. I personally am hoping for more fantasy, as Darkhaven was just brilliant.
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About the Author: A.F.E. Smith is an editor of academic texts by day and a fantasy writer by night. So far, she hasn’t mixed up the two. She lives with her husband and their two young children in a house that someone built to be as creaky as possible – getting to bed without waking the baby is like crossing a nightingale floor. Though she doesn’t have much spare time, she makes space for reading, mainly by not getting enough sleep (she’s powered by chocolate). Her physical bookshelves were stacked two deep long ago, so now she’s busy filling up her e-reader.
What A.F.E. stands for is a closely guarded secret, but you might get it out of her if you offer her enough snacks.
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