Book Review of Darke.As the tale started, Darke didn’t meet the expectations I had based on the earlier books. Thankfully, as the story progressed, things went back to normal.
Darke is as the title suggests a bit darker than the earlier books. Here bad things don’t just happen to the bad guys, but to the good, the innocent and even outsiders. And not everything ends happily ever after. Also, the protagonists of the series are finally growing up and there’s quite a bit of rivalries and jealousies going on. Not as much as you’d find in say the Harry Potter books, but also something I never expected from the Septimus Heap series. What I love about the series is after all that sense of childhood innocence.
However, once I got over the rocky bits and everyone started working together to save their world, the story gets pretty interesting again. What I liked about Darke is that it emphasizes on the importance of balance. And that no one is fully evil or good. Everyone, even Darke wizards are capable of some goodness and deserving of happiness.
Another reason I enjoy the Septimus Heap books are the little extras at the end of each book. Darke is no exception. The little glimpse we gain into the lives of the minor characters are fun, even shedding a little extra light on events which do not impact the story directly.
My conclusions :
- Would I re-read the book ? Yes, but more because I love the series.
- Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Definitely. I'm already wondering when the next book is coming out.
- Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Probably.
- Who would I recommend this too? Fantasy readers.
- For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? I'd recommend borrowing the book first.