Back in September of 2021 I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of a brand new dark fantasy YA novel, Dark Rise by Australian author C.S. Pacat. As I said in my review at the time, this book completely blew my mind. I have thought of it often since I read it and have been hanging out for the sequel to arrive, and it is finally time! Dark Heir is being released next week, on 14 November and I am so excited. Last month I reread Dark Rise in preparation for Dark Heir coming out, and honestly it thrilled me just as much the second time around!
I don’t want to share more about Dark Heir here because of spoilers, but you find out more here, and I have shared the synopsis of Dark Rise below – I recommend everyone pick this up ASAP and then come back and let me know so we can talk about it!
Let me know if you have new books on your radar, and make sure you visit the other Waiting for Wednesday posts over here!
Synopsis of Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat
The ancient world of magic is no more. Its heroes are dead, its halls are ruins, and its great battles between Light and Dark are forgotten. Only the Stewards remember. For centuries they have kept vigil, sworn to protect humanity if the Dark King ever returns.
Sixteen-year-old dock boy Will is on the run in London, pursued by the men who killed his mother. When an old servant urges him to seek out the Stewards, Will is ushered into a secret world, where he must train to fight for the Light in the oncoming war.
As the Dark King’s return looms, reborn warriors begin to draw battle lines. But when the young descendants of Light and Dark step into their destined roles, old allegiances, old enmities and old flames are awakened. Will must stand with the last heroes of the Light to prevent the calamity that destroyed their world from returning to destroy his own.
Big thanks to Allen & Unwin for sending me a free copy of Dark Rise when it was released, and for providing an e-ARC of Dark Heir via NetGalley.
You can check out my review of Dark Rise here.