ARC kindly provided by Amy Patrick in exchange for an honest review.
After putting off reviewing this novel for AGES I was so happy that I could find time to finally READ it. I have fallen in love with the ‘Hidden Saga’ and couldn’t wait to delve into book four. I was really upset when book three ended because I believed that to be the ending, but I was ECSTATIC to discover that Amy Patrick had decided to continue the series with an extra THREE novels! Seriously, she rivals with Kiera Cass as the most gracious young-adult author on the planet!
Oh. And I also really, really, really, really looked forward to seeing Ryann and Lad get married. But that’s just the extra icing on top.
As always, Lad had me falling in love with his character before I even got to page two. I mean, how much better does a guy get? He was sweet and caring and really, incredibly considerate when it came to Ryann. I loved his gentlemanly nature and the way he refused to “compromise” Ryann until AFTER their bonding marriage, if you get what I mean. (That little “compromise” bit was actually Lad reading Jane Austen in the novel.)
Once again, I fell under the spell of the authoress’s writing. It flowed and spun letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, paragraphs into chapters and the chapters into the novel that we readers know as ‘Hidden Darkness’. It was absolutely beautiful and I loved the use of imagery and emotive language which really was what really made the novel SO GOOD! I fell into the world of Altum every single time I opened the book and it was such an easy and smooth transition that it is almost as hard as it is easy to put the novel down.
The novel’s also told entirely in first person narrative. It spans with three main points of view: Ryann’s, Lad’s and Ava’s.
Ava is one of the new characters in the novel and takes the role of an ambassador from the Dark Court arriving in the Light Court. She is a really complex and realistic character despite her weakness and lack of will when it comes to obeying her mother. I found that she was an EXTREMELY good addition to the series and I hope to see more of her in the future.
Plot progression was done masterfully, in my opinion. I thought that the author paced everything spectacularly from the course of events to new secrets revealed and shocking surprises as well as those lovely romantic scene between Lad and Ryann. Facts and information about the world of the Dark and Light elves was given in such a way that you didn’t even realise you were receiving it. I was kept gripped and flipping those pages from start to finish without even knowing it!
The plot was well structured and made ‘Hidden Darkness’ a read which I approached with GREAT enthusiasm. This is my fourth – no FIFTH – novel by Amy Patrick and I must say that she never disappoints. I loved the new storyline she had set into the series and how a new character would be now taking centre stage amongst our beloved, older ones.
The chemistry that the authoress continued to spark between Ryann and Lad was OFF THE PAGES AND ROCKETING INTO THE SKY!! I couldn’t get enough of the two together and after EVERYTHING that the two went through together, I couldn’t wait to see the two of them FINALLY happy and bonded. Every kiss and touch that the author penned was so realistic and tangible that I was in danger of becoming SERIOUSLY jealous of a fictional character! If you’re looking for something swoon worthy, you won’t find anything better than this!
The ending was spectacular and, as always, ended with Amy Patrick’s signature cliff-hanger. That woman is going to be the end of me! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was the BEST that the authoress could have written. So satisfying and HOT OFF THE CHARTS! I can’t wait to launch into book five!
If you’re looking for a compelling and intriguing read full of fantasy, love, hidden laughs and poignancy, then ‘Hidden Darkness’ is a MUST read for you. Just…make sure to read the other novels in the series before launching into this one!
Congratulations to Amy Patrick on publishing the FOURTH instalment in her beautiful ‘Hidden Saga’!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!