Book Review: Darkness of Light The Dia Chronicles Book One by Tammy Farrell


The world has long forgotten them, but their descendants live on, not wholly mortal or god, but something in between…

At the dawn of the sixth century, in the aftermath of her mother’s brutal execution, Mara Black is forced to flee the only life she has ever known.

Mara can tell she’s different, but isn’t sure why. After she encounters two mysterious strangers, she discovers her secret is but a drop in an ocean of many. She is a Dia, a descendant of ancient gods, and her mother sacrificed herself to protect Mara from their past.

Summoned by an uncle she didn’t know existed, Mara thinks she’s found the family she’s always wanted, and Corbin, a love she never thought possible. But not everything is as it seems. Her uncle has other motives for protecting her, and her mentor, Malcolm, becomes so jealous, he’ll do anything to get what he wants.

When tragedy strikes, and the true darkness among them comes to light, Mara discovers that sometimes love can give you everything, and obsession can take it all away. With her powers gone, and destiny calling, she has to look deep within to find the courage to save herself. Mara, along with Corbin and her newfound family, must fight to get back what was taken, or die trying.

About the Author: author

Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and four fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches pre-GED English and attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.


My Review:

It’s always nice to find a talented new author and Tammy certainly fits the bill. Darkness of Light was a literal page-turner (well for me a page clicker on my Kindle!) it read so well and flowed with such a surprisingly steady story line that I didn’t notice that I’d read well beyond my normal bedtime! I loved the fact that it had everything that I wanted in a book: Fantasy, Love, Paranormal, Myth & History.

The only criticism that I would have is that the title is so similar (if not the same) to other books on the market and unfortunately this won’t help it marketing and sales wise. I myself have reviewed a book recently with the same title. Surely it could have been called something else?

From a writer’s perspective, the characters were engaging and the story line engrossing. There were many opportunities in the book for the author to really go to town on certain scenes and character interactions, but she kept to the steady ‘just enough’ recipe that left me feeling stated but not overloaded. I’m assuming that there will be a book 2, as there is definitely scope to have another installment – which, as all us authors know, series are where the notoriety is.

The front cover is pretty and actually has the main character on there – so bravo! I can’t even begin to cite the amount of covers that don’t include the heroine when it’s aimed at a female audience. From a sales perspective the front cover is incredibly important and this will help the book as it’s pitted against all those others in this genre.

Overall I give The Darkness of Light 4 out of 5 stars. Brilliantly written and imaginative, you need to pick this book up.

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