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

Darken the StarsTitle: Darken the Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction Romance

Kyon Ensin finally has what heโ€™s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesnโ€™t crave the crown of Etharโ€”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, Kricketโ€™s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trustedโ€”including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricketโ€™s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyoneโ€™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:
Gosh, that was totes emote. Very unexpected in a lot of ways.

Kricket has been kidnapped by Kyon and taken to his island home. He is his usual controlling, psychotic self from the get-go and Kricket uses every opportunity to plot her escape. However, it becomes clear quite quickly that she’s not getting off that damned island. What also becomes obvious is that Kyon has acted to protect her. She still has considerable enemies who want to take her out of the equation, and Kyon has her back, always. He is a bit of a conundrum of a character. He is everything we have seen of him in the previous two books, but we also see a different side to him here. He secretly loves how she stands up to him and tries to boss him around. It’s easy to see how she’s a true match for him in many ways.

I felt this book started quite slowly and it took me longer to get into it than the first two books. Part of that was because I was missing Trey, Wayra and Jax so much. We hardly see them at all in Darken the Stars and it lacked as a result.

Kricket seemed worn out in this book and I couldn’t really blame her. It must get tiring fighting for your life all the time and having so many different factions gunning for your ass. What I didn’t like is how quickly she gave in to Kyon and how easily she seemed to forget about Trey. It didn’t seem consistent with her character though I could understand how jaded she was of everything.

When the book picked up pace it was action packed and I raced through the second half holding my breath most of the time.

Now onto the ending. Holy Moley. The ending felt very rushed and I don’t feel like I have closure. I’d love a novella showing what happens after the epilogue.

Overall though, this was a brilliant emotionally-charged conclusion to a superb series. Hate that it’s over. I need more.

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