A Darkness at the Door (The Theft of Sunlight 2) Series: Dauntless Path #3
Published by Hot Key Books on July 1, 2022
Source: Netgalley Arc
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
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Format: Ebook Arc
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I've been cursed, betrayed, and sold into slavery – but the truth I carry can't be allowed to die.
Only Rae knows the extent of the corruption at the heart of the kingdom of Menaiya, from the noble lord who betrayed her, to the Circle of Mages whose wards protect the slavers from discovery. Injured and imprisoned on a slave ship, Rae's options are quickly running out. When a desperate escape attempt goes terribly wrong, she finds herself indebted to a terrifying Fae sorceress.
Now Rae will not rest until she has rescued her fellow prisoners and freed her land from the darkness that has taken hold. To succeed, she'll need every ally she can find—including Bren, the thief who may have stolen her heart. But Bren is hiding his own bloody secrets, and the curses that encircle Rae have sunk their claws into her mind. With her debts coming due and time running short, all the truths in the world may not be enough to save her kingdom, or herself.
A Darkness at the Door continues the Goose Girl retelling that started in book one Thorn. Rae, crippled by a club foot, is determined to rescue the children stolen by the slavers. The author never magically cures Rae; she doesn’t wish it away; she uses it to show that Rae is a fierce character who will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Rae grows tremendously throughout the three books in this series. Rae is not made to be a burden, nor a badass for whom her clubfoot is no biggie; it’s fair and believable.
So glad to have finally read the end of this beautiful fantasy adventure. Khanani’s take on modern-day themes of human trafficking in a fantasy story is a brilliant tale that all should read.