Review: Darken the Stars (Kricket #3) by Amy A. Bartol


Goodreads Summary:

Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.

My Review

After being captured by Kyon and separated from Trey, Kricket is left completely on her own and caught between a war that was never hers in the first place.  She soon discovers that she has no choice but to play her part in the war in a risky attempt to save her life and the lives of countless others. This of course puts her at odds with Trey (much to my displeasure) and pushes her into the unlikely arms of Kyon (much to my displeasure).

Darken the Stars was nothing like I thought it would be. Yes it made me feel new things toward Kyon I didn’t think I would feel, but overall this book was packed with a whole lot of emotional frustration paired with not nearly as much plot movement as I wanted there to be. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of new developments, but the story took a turn that led Kricket down a path I never thought she’d have to face.
I was most definitely shocked by the ending of Darken the Stars but I will still hold out hope that there are better times ahead for Kricket and Trey. I know there is no way that this story is over, this book was just a sinister bridge for Kricket into the next book (fingers crossed at least). There is no current news of there being another book in the series, but there just has to be another book!! Bartol can’t leave things the way she did! It would be absolutely cruel if she did. So, therefore,  I would still recommend you read this third installment if only to move on to what is hopefully the next book where we will see a happier ending.
You can buy Darken the Stars on Amazon here.

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