The Darkness Comes Review

DC_FULL   Blurb When shadows fall, the darkness comes… A disgraced Goddess Mother wanders blind and alone, praying for her agony to end. When a helpful apostle finds her, could it truly by salvation, or does worse torment lie ahead? A sister struggles to understand a prophecy that may not be meant for her while her brother fights for his life. If the firstborn child of the rightful king dies, will it spell the end for everyone? Darkness and shadow creep across the land in the form of a fierce clay golem animated by its sculptor’s blood. It seeks a mythical creature whose sacrifice portends the return of ancient evil banished from the world long ago. With its return will come the fall of man. As the game unfolds, the Small Gods watch from the sky, waiting for their time to come and their chance to rise again. They wait for the fall of shadows, the coming of the darkness. They wait for night to descend. Review After reading When Shadows Fall, the first book of the Small Gods series, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read The Darkness Comes, the sequel. The first was a piece of fantasy escapism; I am happy to say that the second book is even better. As soon as you open the book, you’re taken back to the magical kingdom of the first book and are greeted by characters you know and love. When Darkness Comes is a fabulous continuation of the Small Gods series. Bruce Blake creates an immersive plot you can lose yourself in, along with characters whose journey you can fully invest in. The characters from the first, including Prince Teryk, continue their quest to stop the Small Gods from being resurrected and it makes for a fascinating journey for any reader to follow. I’d recommend reading When Shadows Fall first so you can fully enjoy The Darkness Comes, but if you’re looking for a series to get completely obsessed with, this one is a prime candidate! Author Bio Bruce Blake lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. When pressing issues like shovelling snow and building igloos don’t take up his spare time, Bruce can be found taking the dog sled to the nearest coffee shop to work on his short stories and novels.   Actually, Victoria, B.C. is only a couple hours north of Seattle, Wash., where more rain is seen than snow. Since snow isn’t really a pressing issue, Bruce spends more time trying to remember to leave the “u” out of words like “colour” and “neighbour” than he does shovelling (and watch out for those pesky double l’s). The father of two, Bruce is also the trophy husband of a burlesque diva.   Bruce’s first short story, “Another Man’s Shoes” was published in the Winter 2008 edition of Cemetery Moon. Another short, “Yardwork,” was made into a podcast in Oct., 2011 by Pseudopod. Bruce’s first Icarus Fell novel, “On Unfaithful Wings”, was published in Dec., 2011 while the follow up, “All Who Wander Are Lost”, came out in July, 2012. The third in the series, “Secrets of the Hanged Man”, came out in July, 2013. The first part of his Khirro’s Journey epic fantasy trilogy, “Blood of the King”, was released Sept., 2012, book 2, “Spirit of the King,” in Dec., 2012, and book 3, “Heart of the King,” in Feb., 2013.   The two books in the Small Gods series, “When Shadows Fall” and “The Darkness Comes”, were released in 2013, after which Bruce took a year out to concentrate on his family and career. Book three in the Small Gods series is Bruce Blake’s current project. Links Amazon US: Goodreads:


2 thoughts on “The Darkness Comes Review

  1. bruceblake says:

    Thanks for the great review, Lynsey. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series. I’m very excited about how book 3 is turning out and I’m already getting things together for book 4. I hope you’ll take the time to read them, too!

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