First, this book cannot be read as a standalone. You definitely should read books one and two, Dark Genesis and Rising Dark, before diving into Dark Requiem. You can read my review of Book two, Rising Dark, here (http://romancenovelsincolor.com/review-of-rising-dark-the-darkling-trilogy-book-2-by-a-d-koboah).
Book two left me in a whirlwind of emotions. The relationship between Luna and Avery was at a crossroads. There’s so much I can’t reveal without delving into spoiler territory, but let’s just say that at the end of book two you’re screaming… noooooo! You can’t wait to see how this tale ends. You know it’s going to be a doozy and answer so many questions!
Well, in book three, we pick up with Dallas. I had no idea where this story line was going or how exactly Dallas would fit into the conclusion, but it was interesting. I guessed her piece in the puzzle very early on.
The good about Dark Requiem? Ms. Koboah has a wonderful writing style. I’m extremely fond of her prose. She weaves words together in a way that makes it extremely easy for the reader to picture scenes in their mind. I have a vivid image of the mansion and the field of flowers in my head because I could envision it so well. To me, if a writer can paint such a vivid portrait for the reader, that’s the sign of a great writer.
The bad about Dark Requiem? There was too much complexity. What started off as a story with a phenomenal premise quickly took a turn into left field. I think a lot of it had to do with the time hops. The story would jump back and forth between time periods, which made it extremely difficult to follow what on earth was happening. The introduction of Akan and the child goddess was great, but I thought it became convoluted with the switching of perspectives between Dallas and Akan. On the surface, I fully understood what Ms. Koboah attempted to do with Dark Requiem, I just don’t think the execution of the premise was seamless.
This story was borderline for me. I didn’t loathe it, but I also didn’t fully enjoy it since I had such high expectations. Ms. Koboah has won me over as a fan, but Dark Requiem simply left me longing for more.
-Reviewed by Natalie