Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Dark Blade (Whispers of the Gods #1) – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four and a half stars

RELEASE DATE:  5 August 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Pages: 352




Lann knows nothing of his mysterious past, but by his fifteenth birthday he will come face to face with destiny. For Lann must wield the Dreadblade, an ancient sword forged to defeat terrible monsters.

Across the mountains a King has been murdered. His daughter, Astrid, is a warrior with no desire to bear the crown. Only she can uncover her father’s killer before her brother is framed for the crime.

Evil is stirring. Lann and Astrid are the kingdom’s last defence. Together, they must face the greatest darkness their world has ever known.





Thank you so much to Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with a copy of Dark Blade, in exchange for an honest review.


“Kurum-na Murt”  “Death is coming”

Lann grew up happily planting seeds on his family’s farm, until tragedy struck.  After being attacked by something that should never be part of this world, he is taken in by a witch.  Although she is an unfailing support to him, she can not return what was taken from him, so when he is offered a special sword in exchange for being cured, he jumps at the chance (whether the bargain is a risky one or not.)  From that moment on he finds himself on a path with destiny, with the whispering sword by his side.

Dark Blade was a fantastic fantasy book that didn’t feel like I was slogging through an overloaded info dump, as so many epic fantasy books do.  There was plenty of magic, evil creatures, royalty and dangerous quests that just seemed to seamlessly flow into a fast paced and exciting story.  I loved the inclusion of the old gods and their back stories and enjoyed the way they were interspersed into the general population of people.  The battle scenes had me tearing through the pages, not wanting to blink, making it both a tense and fun journey.  I found the writing to be easy to read, it didn’t have too much heavy, wordy language, making it a great story for younger readers as well as adults.  I think the adventurer type quality to the storyline would really appeal to lovers of books like Percy Jackson.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!





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