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Kristen Chambers was just an average girl. Kristen tossed her pencil down. “Great, now they’ll think this is another angsty teenage vampire novel.” She rose and left the room, returning shortly thereafter with a blackened, crooked quill pen. Silently she cradled it in her hands for a moment before sitting down. In truth, she hated to use it. Its nib was distorted, and it le Kristen Chambers was just an average girl. Kristen tossed her pencil down. “Great, now they’ll think this is another angsty teenage vampire novel.” She rose and left the room, returning shortly thereafter with a blackened, crooked quill pen. Silently she cradled it in her hands for a moment before sitting down. In truth, she hated to use it. Its nib was distorted, and it left splotches of oily black on whatever it touched. But her hesitation went beyond the physical, bringing forth a sense of regret and guilt. Yet she knew the quill remained a part of her, even after its power had long been expended. Pressing the instrument to the page, she started again. Laurence, by his own admission, was a failure. An aspiring magician by trade, he had spent his days attempting to recreate something he knew in his heart must exist, but for some reason did not. His life was miserable, and he knew he would never amount to anything. In that regard, Kristen and Laurence had something in common, even though they had never met - or so they thought. Together, they both stood on the face of a coin, forever tumbling through time, unable to gain their bearings, always ignorant of what existed on the other side. However, after the appearance of a dangerous stranger, their lives began to change, and many things that once seemed impossible, quite suddenly became all too real. Before long, powerful artifacts were being hunted down, demons had clashed with plague-bearing bats, and the remnants of races long since buried had crawled up to the surface. Their lives had taken a turn in a direction neither could have predicted, and one they were certainly not prepared for. With potential horrors looming on the horizon, and access to Magical resources having been intentionally obstructed, many questions still remain: Have they chosen to support the right factions? Are their goals worth more than those they are fighting against? And worst of all, have they gone through this entire process before? From the group who founded the Vaal’bara Historical Society, Ten Years of Darkness takes place in an unsettling time before many events transpired, yet is simultaneously affected by their outcome. It follows characters both new and familiar, bringing as yet untold details to light while also exploring others from a unique perspective. Those seeking to learn the true mission of the Society may very well choose to start here, while other heroes who have already traveled the timeways at their side will find many clues to further their journey as they look toward the future.


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Kristen Chambers was just an average girl. Kristen tossed her pencil down. “Great, now they’ll think this is another angsty teenage vampire novel.” She rose and left the room, returning shortly thereafter with a blackened, crooked quill pen. Silently she cradled it in her hands for a moment before sitting down. In truth, she hated to use it. Its nib was distorted, and it le Kristen Chambers was just an average girl. Kristen tossed her pencil down. “Great, now they’ll think this is another angsty teenage vampire novel.” She rose and left the room, returning shortly thereafter with a blackened, crooked quill pen. Silently she cradled it in her hands for a moment before sitting down. In truth, she hated to use it. Its nib was distorted, and it left splotches of oily black on whatever it touched. But her hesitation went beyond the physical, bringing forth a sense of regret and guilt. Yet she knew the quill remained a part of her, even after its power had long been expended. Pressing the instrument to the page, she started again. Laurence, by his own admission, was a failure. An aspiring magician by trade, he had spent his days attempting to recreate something he knew in his heart must exist, but for some reason did not. His life was miserable, and he knew he would never amount to anything. In that regard, Kristen and Laurence had something in common, even though they had never met - or so they thought. Together, they both stood on the face of a coin, forever tumbling through time, unable to gain their bearings, always ignorant of what existed on the other side. However, after the appearance of a dangerous stranger, their lives began to change, and many things that once seemed impossible, quite suddenly became all too real. Before long, powerful artifacts were being hunted down, demons had clashed with plague-bearing bats, and the remnants of races long since buried had crawled up to the surface. Their lives had taken a turn in a direction neither could have predicted, and one they were certainly not prepared for. With potential horrors looming on the horizon, and access to Magical resources having been intentionally obstructed, many questions still remain: Have they chosen to support the right factions? Are their goals worth more than those they are fighting against? And worst of all, have they gone through this entire process before? From the group who founded the Vaal’bara Historical Society, Ten Years of Darkness takes place in an unsettling time before many events transpired, yet is simultaneously affected by their outcome. It follows characters both new and familiar, bringing as yet untold details to light while also exploring others from a unique perspective. Those seeking to learn the true mission of the Society may very well choose to start here, while other heroes who have already traveled the timeways at their side will find many clues to further their journey as they look toward the future.

38 review for Ten Years of Darkness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Halstead

    Never have I categorized one book into so many shelves! This book was a wild ride, to be sure, and I enjoyed every minute of it! The characters were fun and interesting, the ladies were badass, the dialogue was hilarious, and the plot was complex and action-packed, but left room to breathe. This is definitely an unusual mashup of genres, and I loved it with my all my witchy little heart 🖤 Carmen was probably my favorite character - because c'mon, who wouldn't love a cool demon chick with a heart Never have I categorized one book into so many shelves! This book was a wild ride, to be sure, and I enjoyed every minute of it! The characters were fun and interesting, the ladies were badass, the dialogue was hilarious, and the plot was complex and action-packed, but left room to breathe. This is definitely an unusual mashup of genres, and I loved it with my all my witchy little heart 🖤 Carmen was probably my favorite character - because c'mon, who wouldn't love a cool demon chick with a heart of gold and a snazzy red fedora - but I honestly loved all of these characters so much! Aurie, the feisty firecracker with a knack for fixing things (and an endless appetite); Varek, the mysterious wizard who's definitely hiding... a lot of things; Kristen, just trying her best to unravel the mysteries of her newly Magical life and not get killed doing so (I loved any interaction between her and Carmen); and poor, nervous Laurence, who just can't catch a fucking break, lolol. This was the first book I've read in the series, and I honestly didn't realize there were five others until picking this up, so I don't know how different my experience would have been had I read the rest of the series first. However, I didn't find myself confused about characters or plot points while reading, so I have a feeling you can start the series with this book or the "official" first book. In my (super biased) opinion, I'd start with this book, but I also don't know any better yet, lolol. But please, whatever you do: READ. THIS. BOOK! It's a fun, magical, humorous, strange, dark, emotional read, and you won't regret it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Jennings

    I'm simultaneously excited that I just finished reading this book, and incredibly sad 😁😂😿😭 This book was freaking A-MAZING! The other five books (which I read before this one but the description says you can read this before reading the series, which is pretty unusual for a prequel!) were a little slower to get into the magic and adventure, and a lot of the first book was spent introducing characters and concepts and setting everything up for the series. But, because this one was written as a pre I'm simultaneously excited that I just finished reading this book, and incredibly sad 😁😂😿😭 This book was freaking A-MAZING! The other five books (which I read before this one but the description says you can read this before reading the series, which is pretty unusual for a prequel!) were a little slower to get into the magic and adventure, and a lot of the first book was spent introducing characters and concepts and setting everything up for the series. But, because this one was written as a prequel, it just jumps right into the story and action! It was so fun reading about some new characters (💚CARMEN WAS SO FREAKIN COOL💚) and getting to see a couple of familiar ones (lookin at you Varek), and seeing some of the events from the first five books from a new perspective was so cool! The three female characters were great, and it was so great seeing women just being awesome and not constantly thinking/talking about boys 😜 I really love the sense of humor in these books too! The other five books were definitely funny (when they weren't being super dark), but this book had me laughing my ass off! I don't think I've ever read another book that used the word butthole so many times, lolololol 😂 Now to why I'm sad that I just read this book: THERE ARE NO MORE BOOKS TO READ YET!!! When I heard this book was coming out, I may have read the other five a bit too quickly so I could read this right away, and now I've read them all and I'm incredibly sad. Oh well, guess I'll have to read them again, lolololol. The authors have already published 6 books this year (?!?!), so maybe they'll be publishing more soon!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Flouren

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book shortly after posting my initial review of the series' first book, and it completely changed my perspective on the series! I honestly wish I had read this book first, as I would have had more faith in the author to tell a compelling story. Mor'dresh, Call of Darkness is similar to older fantasy novels, in that it takes its time building the foundation for the story and introducing the reader to the characters and concepts. There's nothing wrong wi I received an advanced reading copy of this book shortly after posting my initial review of the series' first book, and it completely changed my perspective on the series! I honestly wish I had read this book first, as I would have had more faith in the author to tell a compelling story. Mor'dresh, Call of Darkness is similar to older fantasy novels, in that it takes its time building the foundation for the story and introducing the reader to the characters and concepts. There's nothing wrong with that necessarily, and once you realize where the story is going, you can look back and appreciate that foundation the first book set up. However, it can lead to people like me wrongly making assumptions about the direction of the story. That being said, the author seems to have taken a new approach with Ten Years of Darkness, and dives right into the events and characters of the story. There's still a sense of mystery, especially if you're reading this book before the rest of the series, but you're more quickly drawn in and introduced to the Magic and fantasy elements in this compared to Mor'dresh. I truly enjoyed reading this novel, and I appreciate the author(s) seeing my initial review and taking the time to reach out to me and provide me with a free copy of their newest book. This series, and the contemporary fantasy genre in general, isn't something I would normally pick up myself. But I'm incredibly grateful that I accidentally picked up the first book, because it led me to open my mind a bit more when it comes to reading new books. I'm looking forward to reading more from this series, and I can't recommend it enough!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bonny

    This book just sucks you right into the story from the very beginning! It was very interesting going from the world of Vaal'bara and one cast of characters in the main series, to being whisked away to our present time and world with a different set of characters. Of course, Laurence and Varek play a big part in this book, but there are a few new faces as well - Aurie, Carmen, and Kristen. I loved that so much of this book was focused on the three female characters, and their interactions with ea This book just sucks you right into the story from the very beginning! It was very interesting going from the world of Vaal'bara and one cast of characters in the main series, to being whisked away to our present time and world with a different set of characters. Of course, Laurence and Varek play a big part in this book, but there are a few new faces as well - Aurie, Carmen, and Kristen. I loved that so much of this book was focused on the three female characters, and their interactions with each other were hilarious at times and heartbreaking at others. As someone who has already read the main series, it was fascinating witnessing several events from the main series from a different perspective, or with new context added, and it completely changed my mind about certain people and events! Varek continues to defy expectations, and I still honestly don't know how whether to hate him or trust him or just be wary of him at all times... This book, as with the others in the series, was a unique, twisting narrative that keeps you guessing at every page. When Magic and time travel are involved, you never quite know who or what to trust, and I'm continually surprised by each new development in the plot. Whether you're new to the series, or have read the other books like me, you'll find something to love in this book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nightstar

    I had so much fun reading this book, and it made for a strangely relaxing read during the stressful holiday season! It's a bit of a departure from the main series, but still maintains the signature style and humor and all the things I loved from the other books. I was intrigued to see this one was co-authored by Kristen Chambers, who was credited as an editor in the main series, and I'd be curious to know how much of an influence she had over the direction of this book. Ten Years of Darkness is s I had so much fun reading this book, and it made for a strangely relaxing read during the stressful holiday season! It's a bit of a departure from the main series, but still maintains the signature style and humor and all the things I loved from the other books. I was intrigued to see this one was co-authored by Kristen Chambers, who was credited as an editor in the main series, and I'd be curious to know how much of an influence she had over the direction of this book. Ten Years of Darkness is set in our modern time, taking place over a period of ten years (hence the name), and doesn't involve as much time travel as the other five books. It's a bit more light and fun and, since it doesn't need to build as much of a foundation for the world/characters within it (since it's a prequel and set in our own time), it also jumps into the action more quickly as well. We also get a different cast of characters in this book in the form of three very cool ladies and a dripping mechanical... thing, haha. I was really happy to see Laurence and Varek as returning characters, and it was incredibly interesting seeing them interact with each other after finishing volume five (though, because of time travel/alternate timelines, these are not necessarily the same versions of those characters). As for the new characters - Aurie, Carmen, and Kristen - they were so fun and dynamic, and I really enjoyed the way they interacted with each other! There were several scenes that had me laughing out loud, and I find myself using the word "butthole" more often now, as well as craving cheeseburgers just about every day ;) They were great characters who worked really well together, and I loved that they could be kickass ladies who could hold their own in a fight, but could also just have fun and relax and poke fun at each other, and there were several really sweet moments between Kristen and Carmen that had me rooting for them all the more. As noted in the description/plot hazard warning in the beginning of the book, this is a prequel that can either be read before the main series or afterward; you'll just have a different experience based on which book you decide to start with. It's a really interesting way of writing a prequel to a series that I've never seen done before, and I kind of wish I could temporarily erase my memory of the events of the main series, just so I could see the difference in experience reading this as a standalone. I loved watching Laurence comb through Varek's mind and witness his perspective of several events from the first five books, and it made me look at Varek quite differently afterward. And of course, the diner scene was one of my favorites! However, people who haven't read the main series yet will still understand and enjoy the events of this book, and will get a completely different experience when they read the other five books with the context of this book. Have I used the word "book" enough in this review? Haha. This was a great addition to the series, and I had so much fun reading it! However, it appears I've run out of books to read in this series, which is unfortunate... But, if the authors keep up the pace they've set for themselves so far, hopefully I won't have to wait long for the next one!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rhi Marks

    ** I won a free print copy of this book to review on Instagram. I don't have any experience with the ebook version. ** Going into this read, I was a little nervous because I hadn't read anything else in the series. Even though the author says you can read this one as volume 1 or volume 5, the "caution: plot hazard" sign at the beginning warns you that not every question will be answered, and that made me worried that there would be large, looming questions. But since the premise of the novel is a ** I won a free print copy of this book to review on Instagram. I don't have any experience with the ebook version. ** Going into this read, I was a little nervous because I hadn't read anything else in the series. Even though the author says you can read this one as volume 1 or volume 5, the "caution: plot hazard" sign at the beginning warns you that not every question will be answered, and that made me worried that there would be large, looming questions. But since the premise of the novel is a bit of time travel / alternate timelines, the characters had a lot of questions too, and they asked them, so I got my answers.  The one downside to the characters asking so many questions was there was a lot of talking in this book. Most of the time it was useful and informative (a plus) and sometimes witty (another plus) but I personally find myself longing for more description, scenery, or action to break up the transcripts (especially when the bits of description were so interesting). This is very much personal preference -- I've had the same feeling about a lot of good books (and movies and TV shows) that involve a lot of conversations, it just means I have to take frequently breaks. I am interested in adding the rest of the series to my TBR list to answer some questions that Laurence had about Varek and the memories he saw -- that mystery really hooked me, so my lingering questions tactfully reeled me in without leaving me confused or frustrated.  I am also interested to see how this book will read after the rest of the series -- which is another intriguing factor about the book and series. Some of my favorite elements were the non- human side-characters in this story -- Bitterwish is probably my favorite non-anminal companion ever, and I'd love to see some concept art of Drippy. I do like the visual elements to the book (the graphics) and wish there were more (to balance the dialogue maybe), but I imagine that costs some $$.  Overall, I definitely had some mixed feelings initially because of my bias against heavy dialogue but I can't find much else I struggled with.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Williams

    Very different from the other books in the series, but I loved it just as much! Aurie was so feisty and clever, and I loved that she talked about food nonstop. Really sad that there aren't any more books in the series for me to read, so I hope they put out another one soon! Very different from the other books in the series, but I loved it just as much! Aurie was so feisty and clever, and I loved that she talked about food nonstop. Really sad that there aren't any more books in the series for me to read, so I hope they put out another one soon!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Didn’t finish it. I tried but it was all over the place and confusing. The symbols to denote the different sections were hard to tell apart on a kindle app. Maybe I’ll try this one again at a later date.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Richardson

    This is the 1st book I've read written by Kristen Chambers; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review. This is the 1st book I've read written by Kristen Chambers; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Elborn

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Benson

  12. 4 out of 5

    Viktor Strangewayes

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Chambers

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim Ellis

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becks

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Tilton

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leah

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melisa Dowling

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Winkler

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Hughes

  22. 5 out of 5

    V Dixon

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ann Ellis

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Traci

  27. 5 out of 5

    lou brown

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

  29. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

  31. 5 out of 5

    Rod Cressey

  32. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  33. 5 out of 5

    Makala Holbrook

  34. 4 out of 5

    Alex Helm

  35. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Hojonski

  36. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  37. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Focareto

  38. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Shepherd

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