Dark Rise (Hardcover)
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The dark fantasy novel of my dreams! Dark Rise is wickedly charming with morally grey characters, action that leaps off the page, and a fantasy lore that is equal parts unique and magical. I was hooked right from the beginning, and I found myself staying up way too late just to read more chapter. Definitely a standout fantasy of 2021!— Brad
* Instant New York Times Bestseller * Indie Bestseller *
In this stunning new fantasy novel from international bestselling author C. S. Pacat, heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war are reborn and begin to draw new battle lines. This epic fantasy with high-stakes romance will sit perfectly on shelves next to beloved fantasy novels like the Infernal Devices series, the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and the Red Queen series.
Sixteen-year-old dock boy Will is on the run, pursued by the men who killed his mother. Then an old servant tells him of his destiny to fight beside the Stewards, who have sworn to protect humanity if the Dark King ever returns. Will is thrust into a world of magic, where he starts training for a vital role in the oncoming battle against the Dark.
As London is threatened and old enmities are awakened, Will must stand with the last heroes of the Light to prevent the fate that destroyed their world from returning to destroy his own.
Like V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and Shelby Mahurin’s Serpent & Dove, Dark Rise is more than just high intrigue fantasy—it’s fast-paced, action-packed, and completely surprising. Readers will love exploring the rich setting of nineteenth-century London. This thrilling story of friendship, deception, loyalty, and betrayal is sure to find a passionate audience of readers.
“A story rendered with devastatingly brilliant detail. Dark Rise pulls you by the hand into a dangerous, mighty world. You won’t be able to look away.” — Chloe Gong, New York Times Bestselling Author of These Violent Delights
“A propulsive new fantasy. I simply couldn’t put it down.” — V.E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
"Intricate and immersive. A wonderfully tangled adventure story with a Chosen One who keeps you guessing." — Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of the Simon Snow Trilogy
“Beautiful, classical, and deliciously dark.” — Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling author of Empire of the Vampire
“Abundant action and a profusion of plot twists fuel an adrenalized pace” — Publishers Weekly
“Classic . . .Pacat’s writing is atmospheric and full of intriguing, complex characters.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A taut, captivating fantasy worth every ounce of the hype.” — Popsugar
"Pacat is a master at character design, and you’ll instantly fall in love.” — Tor.com
“A great recommendation for anyone who enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s historical Shadowhunters.” — School Library Journal
“Lush, dark and dangerous. A YA fantasy that begins breathlessly and rarely lets up. Dark Rise is perfect for fans of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo or The Cruel Prince by Holly Black." — Books + Publishing
“Will hook readers until the last page. Characters could entice you on one page, the stick a knife through your heart in the next.” — The Nerd Daily