web site hit counter A Broken Darkness - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

A Broken Darkness

Availability: Ready to download

The highly anticipated sequel to Beneath the Rising, which was named one best science fiction and fantasy books of the year by The Washington Post. It’s been a year and a half since the Anomaly, when They tried to force their way into the world from the shapeless void. Nick Prasad is piecing his life together, and has joined the secretive Ssarati Society to help monitor thr The highly anticipated sequel to Beneath the Rising, which was named one best science fiction and fantasy books of the year by The Washington Post. It’s been a year and a half since the Anomaly, when They tried to force their way into the world from the shapeless void. Nick Prasad is piecing his life together, and has joined the secretive Ssarati Society to help monitor threats to humanity – including his former friend Johnny. Right on cue, the unveiling of Johnny’s latest experiment sees more portals opened to Them, leaving her protesting her innocence even as the two of them are thrown together to fight the darkness once more…


Compare

The highly anticipated sequel to Beneath the Rising, which was named one best science fiction and fantasy books of the year by The Washington Post. It’s been a year and a half since the Anomaly, when They tried to force their way into the world from the shapeless void. Nick Prasad is piecing his life together, and has joined the secretive Ssarati Society to help monitor thr The highly anticipated sequel to Beneath the Rising, which was named one best science fiction and fantasy books of the year by The Washington Post. It’s been a year and a half since the Anomaly, when They tried to force their way into the world from the shapeless void. Nick Prasad is piecing his life together, and has joined the secretive Ssarati Society to help monitor threats to humanity – including his former friend Johnny. Right on cue, the unveiling of Johnny’s latest experiment sees more portals opened to Them, leaving her protesting her innocence even as the two of them are thrown together to fight the darkness once more…

30 review for A Broken Darkness

  1. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    Cosmic horror sequel to the fabulous Beneath the Rising, in which the world was briefly but catastrophically invaded by Them, and now They're back. Tainted genius Johnny Chambers once again may or may not be our only hope, but this time forced sidekick Nick Prasad is aware that his friendship and love for her was magically imposed to make him, basically, her emotional support animal (his term) and he's plotting against her. It's very much about this toxic relationship and Nick's complicated but v Cosmic horror sequel to the fabulous Beneath the Rising, in which the world was briefly but catastrophically invaded by Them, and now They're back. Tainted genius Johnny Chambers once again may or may not be our only hope, but this time forced sidekick Nick Prasad is aware that his friendship and love for her was magically imposed to make him, basically, her emotional support animal (his term) and he's plotting against her. It's very much about this toxic relationship and Nick's complicated but very stuck feelings. These are really well done but suffer a bit from the eternal problem that when the character feels stuck in the same groove, so does the reader. It's frustrating, which may well be the effect the author is going for, but that doesn't stop me wishing for more movement/change/some way to break out of the dynamic. The world building is complex, with secret societies and extra dimensions and science/magic and quantum, a word that shuts my brain down, and the cosmic horror is impressively creepy. I also adored how public responses to the sky ripping open and tentacle things coming out of nowhere ranges from panic/hiding to people wandering around completely ignoring their imminent death like the white catastrophe isn't happening. That probably wouldn't have seemed plausible this time last year.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.0 Stars After loving the first book, Beneath the Rising, I was incredibly excited to review it's sequel. It took me a while to get back into the story, but eventually I got pulled in. The best aspect of these books continued to be the relationship between the two main characters. The author did a fantastic job developing a friendship that truly felt deep.  These speculative fiction books straddle the lines between fantasy, science fiction and horror. With the first book, I honestly struggled to c 3.0 Stars After loving the first book, Beneath the Rising, I was incredibly excited to review it's sequel. It took me a while to get back into the story, but eventually I got pulled in. The best aspect of these books continued to be the relationship between the two main characters. The author did a fantastic job developing a friendship that truly felt deep.  These speculative fiction books straddle the lines between fantasy, science fiction and horror. With the first book, I honestly struggled to classify it between these three genres. However, I would say that it's sequel definitely felt like horror. The story is fairly action packed, at times to the detriment of the story. However, I was certainly intrigued by The Ancient Ones and enjoyed learning more about them. I did not enjoy this one as much as the first book, but it still had pieces of what I loved in that book. This could be the end of the series, but I certainly would be interested to read more by this speculative author. I would recommend this one to fans of Cosmic Horror. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher Rebellion Publishing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    This should be right up my street. It’s a contemporary take on Lovecraftian cosmic horror, with guest appearances from our old friends Nyarlothotep and Azagthoth. There’s some convincing evocations of those weird and eldritch dimensions just beneath our own, and epic battles against crawling tentacled horrors. The book also has interesting things to say about colonialism and empire, allied to Indiana Jones style globetrotting and adventure. So why aren’t there five stars at the top of this revie This should be right up my street. It’s a contemporary take on Lovecraftian cosmic horror, with guest appearances from our old friends Nyarlothotep and Azagthoth. There’s some convincing evocations of those weird and eldritch dimensions just beneath our own, and epic battles against crawling tentacled horrors. The book also has interesting things to say about colonialism and empire, allied to Indiana Jones style globetrotting and adventure. So why aren’t there five stars at the top of this review? It’s the lead characters, I’m afraid. One of them is just an awful awful person, and the other knows it but trails round after them like a little lovesick puppy dog. To make matters worse, while they are capable of talking to other characters like adults, the conversations between the two of them are smug self important banter full of lame humour and smart arsed oneupmanship that’s more suited to minor showboating on Twitter than it is facing down alien threats to our very existence. It deflates any tension that’s building, and frankly makes me want to punch the pair of them. I'd read the first book, so to be fair I knew this going in. I'd hoped that the revelations at the end of that one might have changed this dynamic, but they haven't really, not in any practical sense. It’s probably just me. If you like Joss Whedonesque clever clever dialogue, and let’s face it a lot of people do, you might well find it charming and fall in love with them, but it didn’t work for me. It’s unfortunate that the thing I didn’t like is front and centre, because there’s an awful lot otherwise that is good here, and I’ll look out for more by this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    3.5 stars. Premee Mohamed rejoins her characters after some time has passed after the events in book one. Johnny is off being brilliant, and Nick is hurting, broken and angry from his experiences saving the world from monsters from another dimension, and more importantly, having been manipulated all his life. He’s now working for Sariti, and when an opportunity presents itself, travels to Edinburgh for the launch of a new reactor by Johnny. Of course, things don’t go well. In fact, things go all 3.5 stars. Premee Mohamed rejoins her characters after some time has passed after the events in book one. Johnny is off being brilliant, and Nick is hurting, broken and angry from his experiences saving the world from monsters from another dimension, and more importantly, having been manipulated all his life. He’s now working for Sariti, and when an opportunity presents itself, travels to Edinburgh for the launch of a new reactor by Johnny. Of course, things don’t go well. In fact, things go all tentacled and bloody and gory, and Nick and Johnny have to figure out what to do to deal with the monsters. However, Nick’s anger and damage are a factor, and Johnny’s secrets, which she divulged to him on their last save-the-world jaunt; even while they begin travelling like they did in book one, there’s a high level of friction in all their interactions, even while they easily fall back into old friendship behaviour patterns. This was a more difficult book to read, as Nick spent a lot of time circling back to his anger with Johnny, and his regret over having hurt his family (in book one). I actually loathed Johnny for most of this story, and kept wanting to drop kick her somewhere, and head back to Nick’s family, even while Nick (and I) realized that despite her persistently amoral actions, she was still the best bet for closing off all possible openings from our world to the monsters’ dimension. I found myself wishing the book was somewhat shorter. I appreciated that like last book, Johnny needed bits and pieces of information found in different places, but I wished that all the travelling time (and attendant arguing) had formed a shorter part of the book. At the same time, I realize that the injury to the friendship required time to be addressed, and Nick needed time to find his way through his tangle of hurt and anger. I did like the entry of other characters, like Mrs. Huxley, to the narrative, and liked the author’s choice to end the book like she did, and now have to know what’s next? Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for this ARC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    :(( This was one disappointing read, especially after the introduction.  The writing style, as usual with the author was BEAUTIFUL. Just utterly gorgeous, and i had less issues with dialogue because i was pretty much used to it, its still bad but not as noticeable, and also the mc is not with the love interest in the beginning.  Im disappointed more because i had my hopes high from how it was going and how his thought process was at the beginning that YESSS he’s finally going to stop acting like h :(( This was one disappointing read, especially after the introduction.  The writing style, as usual with the author was BEAUTIFUL. Just utterly gorgeous, and i had less issues with dialogue because i was pretty much used to it, its still bad but not as noticeable, and also the mc is not with the love interest in the beginning.  Im disappointed more because i had my hopes high from how it was going and how his thought process was at the beginning that YESSS he’s finally going to stop acting like his entire world revolves around this other person like a love sick puppy, but no his entire personality becomes her (obviously an exaggeration because there is a very realistic portrayal of a brown character and the family dynamic too which i do appreciate!). Yet how can i ignore the cringey dialogue??? Barely okay plot but ultimately both of these characters just made me annoyed to the point where i lost interest with the book as a whole, i stopped caring for the plot, i stopped caring for the sci-fi elements, it all just became a very unpleasant experience but my mind forced me to keep reading because my mind does not have the ability to dnf.  And that was my own fault, i know, but since ive read it im so frustrated, at certain times it felt like the character existed simply to check all the boxes of what a brown guy goes through, but take away depth to his character or emotional relevance to these things because he is too obsessed with this other person who honestly is just evil and he acknowledges that but?? Ends up going back to her every time???? Honestly i like her more as a character, i mean look at this, she literally has the power to convert a grown ass adult to follow her blindly excusing every other thing she’s done, so more power to her. Yes i just hate this mc. Honestly all of this could’ve not been a problem if i’d enjoyed their interactions, but sadly the horrible and terrible dialogue that did NOT improve from the first book, grown ass adults bickering like teenagers and not in a realistic way, because ofcourse adults can bicker too?? But this banter felt like it belonged to preteens???   And I absolutely detested it. I don’t think id recommend this to anyone :((. Note: i got an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Galen Strickland

    Nick Prasad has a love/hate relationship with Johnny Chambers. It's a bit like that between me and the author. How dare she make me care about such broken people! This is fast-paced, exciting, horrific, unpredictable. Minor deductions for things I felt were foreshadowed, but that didn't materialize. http://templetongate.net/beneath-the-... Nick Prasad has a love/hate relationship with Johnny Chambers. It's a bit like that between me and the author. How dare she make me care about such broken people! This is fast-paced, exciting, horrific, unpredictable. Minor deductions for things I felt were foreshadowed, but that didn't materialize. http://templetongate.net/beneath-the-...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I should not have read this book in a dark room at midnight. Mohamed's whirlwind of a sequel has everything I loved about the first book, with cosmic horror and toxic friendships and impossible odds. And did I mention horror? PROS: As always, Mohamed's writing is quick and sharp, with twists upon twists that made it impossible to stop reading. I loved all the new elements introduced in this book and the way we get to see Nick grapple with the events that ended Beneath the Rising. My favorite part I should not have read this book in a dark room at midnight. Mohamed's whirlwind of a sequel has everything I loved about the first book, with cosmic horror and toxic friendships and impossible odds. And did I mention horror? PROS: As always, Mohamed's writing is quick and sharp, with twists upon twists that made it impossible to stop reading. I loved all the new elements introduced in this book and the way we get to see Nick grapple with the events that ended Beneath the Rising. My favorite part of this series is the cosmic horror, and A Broken Darkness had that in spades, taking Them to a whole new level of disturbing. I also liked Johnny's development and the way the narrative handled her actions. CONS: I was disappointed to see Nick slotting right back into the "Johnny's sidekick" role that he had thrown off in the last book. The changes were acknowledged, but at times it felt like nothing had changed at all, and even when he was essential to the plot he needed her help to move forward. I really wanted to see him shine by himself in this book but I don't recall him spending more than a few pages away from Johnny. I docked a star for that con because it was one of the things I was looking forward to the most in the sequel, but overall, I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. If you liked the first book, I'll bet you'll like A Broken Darkness too. I received an advance e-copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Damien Kelly

    The follow-up to the excellent, frenetic Beneath the Rising, sees our odd couple (increasingly at-odds couple) Nick and Johnny thrown back together and back into the fray against Them, the vast cosmic horrors seeking to gain entry to our world. In the previous book, the truths behind their tense dynamic — she, the child savant, changing the world daily, burning bright and fast and finite; he, poor, brown and unremarkable, but bound to her, in love with her — was the gravity that kept us connecte The follow-up to the excellent, frenetic Beneath the Rising, sees our odd couple (increasingly at-odds couple) Nick and Johnny thrown back together and back into the fray against Them, the vast cosmic horrors seeking to gain entry to our world. In the previous book, the truths behind their tense dynamic — she, the child savant, changing the world daily, burning bright and fast and finite; he, poor, brown and unremarkable, but bound to her, in love with her — was the gravity that kept us connected to a fast-paced adventure horror that sparked and scared in equal measure. Now the full truth of that relationship is out there, and Mohamed rightfully exposes the abuses of power that underpinned it. It’s painful and genuinely toxic. The character development is mature. The crackling dialogue returns. Basically, all the elements that made Beneath the Rising so good are here again, but with the creep show elements ramped up even further. It’s a very good read. But it’s not as strong as its predecessor, and the dynamic between Nick and Johnny is the abiding issue. With the nature of their connection revealed, but with no breathing space given to its impact, no distance given to process it, and no realistic pathway to develop it, the toxic interactions are frequently distracting. The plot doesn’t let up, which is good, but it leaves the two characters a bit frozen in place and swept along. At times, it’s just wearing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zasika

    Many thanks to the author and publisher for the ARC. Since this is the second book in a series, I felt a little lost concerning what created the Anomaly in the first book. However, the narrator, Nick, spends a lot of time referring to the Anomaly and how it has affected his relationship with Johnny, the other main character. There's also a lot of bickering between Nick and Johnny; the toxicity just emanates from the page and it's SO exhausting to read. There’s a lot going on in this book. A lot o Many thanks to the author and publisher for the ARC. Since this is the second book in a series, I felt a little lost concerning what created the Anomaly in the first book. However, the narrator, Nick, spends a lot of time referring to the Anomaly and how it has affected his relationship with Johnny, the other main character. There's also a lot of bickering between Nick and Johnny; the toxicity just emanates from the page and it's SO exhausting to read. There’s a lot going on in this book. A lot of SciFi and something other reviewers call “cosmic horror”, which I’m not that well versed in. As a result, a lot of what I've read went straight over my head; too many superfluous descriptions which would probably excite hardcore SciFi lovers, but didn't really do it for me. However, I mostly enjoyed the magical parts, especially the ones in a library.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CB

    I did not read the prequel. Somehow I didn't realize this was the second book of a series so I was thrown in with no idea of what was happening. I think if I had read the previous story and fully understood the story I would have enjoyed it more. What I did read was interesting and I can see this author writing some great stuff but I'll need to go back and find what I'm missing. Three stars for creativity. I did not read the prequel. Somehow I didn't realize this was the second book of a series so I was thrown in with no idea of what was happening. I think if I had read the previous story and fully understood the story I would have enjoyed it more. What I did read was interesting and I can see this author writing some great stuff but I'll need to go back and find what I'm missing. Three stars for creativity.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book was flipping amazing. In order to not spoil those who haven't read the first book (what are you doing?! Go read it now!) let me just say this: Johnny is still the worst. Nick is still a mess. They both need a nap and a good meal. Parts of this book had me cackling out loud and others grabbed my feelings and beat them against a wall. Bonus, Premee referenced the film Wizards. I look forward to insta-buying everything she writes forever. This book was flipping amazing. In order to not spoil those who haven't read the first book (what are you doing?! Go read it now!) let me just say this: Johnny is still the worst. Nick is still a mess. They both need a nap and a good meal. Parts of this book had me cackling out loud and others grabbed my feelings and beat them against a wall. Bonus, Premee referenced the film Wizards. I look forward to insta-buying everything she writes forever.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sangeeta

    *Thank you for this ARC, NetGalley!* Enjoyed this book SO much more than the earlier one. It still felt very YA, but that didn’t take away from the story. I’ve been thinking a lot about the cosmic horror part, and the reason I didn’t really feel that aspect of the book is that the whole YA, teenager vibe diluted and drowned out the horror.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joel Harris

    Loved the book and the characters. The world building was cool and interesting. Can't wait to read more by this author. Will let me friends and family know to check this book out. Loved the book and the characters. The world building was cool and interesting. Can't wait to read more by this author. Will let me friends and family know to check this book out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kory

    Fast paced. Wild ride. But that ending. Sheesh....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Benesh

  16. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

  17. 5 out of 5

    Don

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  19. 5 out of 5

    H L W

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  21. 5 out of 5

    J. K.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  23. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deanne

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marshall Boyd

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patrick L

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gary

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McKenny

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.