A review by jess_the_bookdragon
Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat


This YA light-fantasy novel is Lord of the Rings meets Arthurian legend. It poses big philosophical questions. Is Evil nature or nurture? Is there such a thing as fate? Do the ends always justify the means? And if not, who decides when not. Its complex, eloquent and will completely suck you in.

Its a slow burn but I've found myself thinking back on it multiple times since I finished it. I wish books like this were available when I was a kid, the characters are deep, interesting and diverse. This is going to be big, I'm calling it now. I'll be keeping my eye out the the sequel. Releases 28th September 2021