A series on magic and the lives of royalty, is pretty commonly done. I still read the books in the genre like the fanatic I am.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Prophecy of Darkness by Michelle Bryan & M. Lynn
Synopsis From The Book
The kingdom of Dreach-Sciene is dying. Famine, Uncontrollable weather, and a war have devastated Prince Trystan’s people. It’s only a matter of time before their enemies destroy them.
Only magic can save the kingdom. But there has been no magic in Dreach-Sciene for twenty years and Trystans fears it is only a fairy-tale. Without magic, there is no hope.
If the prince wishes to harness the ancient power, he must first reunite the Tri-Gard, the legendary keepers of magic. His journey to find these magical beings will either lift him up or bring him to his knees as he sacrifices everything to save his people. With his enemies drawing ever closer, it’s a race against time… and against dark forces that could destroy them all.
If you yearn for noble princes, forbidden romances, and heart pumping quests, pick up your sword and reclaim your magic for the battle to come.
Short Synopsis By Me
For as long as Prince Trystan can remember his kingdom has been at odds with the kingdom of the south: Dreach-Dhoun. As the next Toha — protector of all the Dreach-Sciene realms — he must determine the best course of action to save his people. This comes to him in the lost and forgotten form of magic and the revival of the Tri-Gard.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Okay so I actually forgot to write my initial thoughts. I said I wouldn’t do it again and I did. I know. I suck.
This was not the original book that I got when I went to M. Lynn’s table. I was originally interested in Golden Curse but her brief pitch of the book and the cover had be doing double takes. I have still not received the next two books in the series at this time but I hope to get them soon.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Well to say I knew what was coming? I did not. It was exciting and now I’m left wanting more. Luckily, I get the next books soon! I often find myself at odds with prophecies and fights in some books, but I liked these ones.
The story follows Prince Trystan (and protector of the realm: Toha), Princess Rissa, Price Trystan’s best friend Daivon and a traitors daughter: Alixa on their journey to save their country from the evil country of Dreach-Dhoun. This means having to find the Tri-Gard to bring back the magic for their people. We start off with a preface 15 years in the past and then go to the day before our Trystan becomes the Toha. The book is split in two with half of it dealing with the castle politics and the second half being the group searching for the Tri-Gard. There is fighting. There is forbidden Love. There is an attempted assassination of the king. The ending had me wondering what is the truth. Who is Daivon in truth?
What I Liked:
Characters. In general I liked all the characters and not a single one really stood out to me all that much. I felt that they were strong for what they were.
World: I liked the concept of a grand Kingdom and the evil kingdom, as well as the suffering that had occurred between them all.
Weight of the prophecy. This is probably the most important to me. I like the fact that the prophecy may be a lie, and that its weight doesn’t change. I liked its execution within the book as well.
Magic as it is known, is a very soft magic system. I’m not often one for soft magic systems, but I am okay with this one.
The love between Daivon and Rissa was established at the beginning as forbidden, and even if they did love each other, there was a clear back story behind it backing it up.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
More on the magic. I simply want more magic and I know that will come. I suppose I would like to know more on how the magic was before it all disappeared.
More on the language. There is a second language in the book, and I need more of it more often. I would have liked it more often
Why You Should Read:
This book takes the concepts of a Prince and Princess following a prophecy and allows it to spin in its own direction. It isn’t often in books that I like the way they go about prophecies and the necessary steps to fulfill them. The characters have a lot of room to grow and advance as characters, plus an interesting country dynamics and politics.
Time Taken To Read
1 hour 6min
“Its the title which must bend to its bearer… not the other way around.” Rissa to Trystan