Darkling
(Port Lewis Witches #1)

Author

Brooklyn Ray

Publisher

NineStar Press

Release Date

January 8th, 2018

ISBN/ASIN

B078HJMCJ9

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Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is surrounded by dense woods, and is home to quaint coffee shops, a movie theater, a few bars, two churches, the local college, and witches, of course.

Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping the secrets hasn’t been a problem, until a tarot reading with his best friend, Liam Montgomery, who happens to be one of his secrets, starts a chain of events that can’t be undone.

Dark magic runs through Ryder’s veins. The cards have prophesized a magical catastrophe that could shake the foundation of Ryder’s life, and a vicious partnership with the one person he doesn’t want to risk.

Magic and secrets both come at a cost, and Ryder must figure out what he’s willing to pay to become who he truly is.

Warning: Scenes of bloodletting and death (and resurrection) of an MC.

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Okay

Book Cover

  • Well-done^

Engagement

  • Too brief to put down

Likes

  • Ryder's sister is really cool
  • Ryder's family is also very accepting of him and his many contradictions…*
  • There are secrets coming out all over the place in this book
  • A non-binary character was included in this story**

Character Depth

  • Hip deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Unresolved

Grammar

  • Very few typos

Sex Scenes

  • Decently hot
  • Decently sweet

Dislikes

  • How everyone seems to think that just because they have magic they have the right to meddle in other people's business
  • ...but as soon as his friends find out his biggest secret, they want nothing to do with him; kind of the opposite of what usually happens in M/M stories
  • It feels like I'm jumping right into the middle of a story
  • After it's made clear that Ryder and Liam are interested in each other, there seemed to be a lot of unnecessary angst; Liam wants a relationship, but Ryder is still hesitant
  • I wish that we learned more about Liam's background; there wasn't much room in this book for him

Emotional Depth

  • Weakly emotional

Content Warnings

  • Drug use (consensual, marijuana, main, one, present)
  • Character death (major, one, present)

^I don’t quite get the symbolism of the 5 moons, though.
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*Ryder has a lot of conflict within himself – physically, magically, and emotionally
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**There aren’t many books out there at all with trans protagonists who have adventures like this. So often, the stories are focused on their trans-ness and not the rest of them – similar to how gay romances tend to be centered around coming out or rejection/bigotry. That’s not all you guys are, so why aren’t there more books that reflect this?
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Contains bloodletting during sex

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