My Book Review of The Darkness:
The Darkness by Crystal Connor is an intriguing and entertaining book that mixes fantasy and science fiction by juxtaposing the concept of black magic against mad science. It melds corporate power against dark arcane might, each side led by a strong female protagonist.
The book chronicles the lives of two women, Artemisia, an influential businesswoman and scientist and Inanna, a powerful and dangerous witch. Their lives intersect through a child they both claim as their son. Eventually it is his choices and anger that touches off a chain of events that lead to the book’s tense climax.
There is a lot to like about this book, strong characters, compelling plot, tension, exotic settings and a nice undercurrent of philosophical and ethical ambiguity towards science and witchcraft. I loved how the author sets up the contrasting lifestyles of the two main female characters, both so wildly dissimilar, yet oddly matching. Also, even with the often controversial subject matter, the author draws the reader into caring about the characters, despite their actions.
I did, however, find the structure of the flashback sequences that pepper the beginning of the book rather jarring at times and this gave the flow of the narrative a disjointed feel. This may be a matter of taste, but I felt a few of the scenes could have used a bit more in the way of introduction. But not a large problem in the overall read of the book, so I give The Darkness a recommend.
The Darkness is the first book in the author's The Spectrum Trilogy