Long ago in England, and far away to the west...
In the dark heart of Fallen Woods, Darklin, a sixteen year old witch and her mother Gressyl, live hidden among the tangled trees. They are bound to a secret coven practising dark and cruel magic. Darklin is taught to be merciless and to despise humanity, to believe that beauty is treacherous, and that love and kindness do not truly exist.
But when Darklin has a fateful encounter with a beautiful and kind hearted young man, poweful feelings are unleashed. As urges of attraction and destruction war inside Darklin’s heart, which urge will she give way to, and where will it lead her?
I didn’t know what to expect from this book having not read many books about witches. When I first got the review request the description above pulled me in straight away.
This book had a really great flow to it considering it wasn’t action based. It had a compelling storyline which I found myself trying to read faster and faster to know what happened in the end. The first quarter of the book I would say is developing backstory and giving you a feel for the witches and I think this was the best part because I loved reading about the witches origin story. Merle really put her own fantastic spin on the legend of witches.
I absolutely loved Darklin, she was of course, my favourite character. I started off thinking she was awful but once you realise she’s only the way she is becsuse it’s the way she’s been brought up and it’s all she’s ever known. Towards the end of the book I found myself admiring her because she is so strong and finally learns to stand up for herself and to Gressyl. I loved how in tune she ended up with her emotions as well, she went from being overwhelmed with hatred to being kind and loving and remorseful.
The setting was by far my favourite part of this book. Merle painted such an amazing picture of Fallen Woods that I could almost feel the cold and darkness creeping in through my window.
There was a lot to love about this book and another thing I loved was watching Darklin and John’s relationship blossom.
I believe this book is part of a series called Witches of Vardyn so I am really looking forward to reading more about Darklin and the other characters. I also feel like this book was mainly establishing the world the book was set in and I’m hoping there will be more of where Darklin came from and also what happens to het after the end of this book. It’s safe to say I’ll definitely be reading the second book.
Overall this book was literally everything I could have wanted from a witch book. It had a lot of good twists and some great characters. There was a little gore and a few times it had my skin crawling.
I’m so glad I had the privilege of reviewing this book and I can’t wait for the next instalment.
Would give this book 5 stars!