Come, The Dark: Book Review

Come, the Dark: Cordovae's Journey
Forever Girl #2
By Rebecca Hamilton

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

Note: I received an ARC (pre-release copy of the book) in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: Rose had a happy childhood until the darkness came. The darkness caused her father to do unspeakable things, and made her mother turn a blind eye. The only bright spot in her bleak existence is Anna, a child conceived in darkness, but loved nonetheless. When Rose is suddenly transported to the past, she'll do anything to get back to Anna. Rose is now known as Cordovae, and it's not only her name that has changed. She has become Ankou and is in possession of powerful magic she would gladly trade if she could just hold Anna in her arms again. As Cordovae struggles to reconcile her memories of her life as Rose with her new, overwhelming identity, she must learn to fight to save the past so that she has a future to return to.

Come, the Dark definitely brings the darkness. The authors explores sexual abuse, loss, and hopelessness. Most of this story is set against the backdrop of the Salem Witch Trials, a time when anyone who was a little different lived in constant danger of being accused of witchcraft. For Cordovae, her attempts to blend in prove disastrous. She must rise above despair and learn to fight, not only for a chance to return to Anna, but to fulfill her destiny. As she gradually grows to care about (and even love) the people she's met during her time in Salem, the idea of returning to Anna is fraught with pain.

Despite the dark themes and often hopeless situations Cordovae must face, there is always hope. Cordovae learns to fight no matter what. She never gives up on love. In many ways, Come, the Dark is vastly different from The Forever Girl. Yes, we still explore the rich world of elementals the author has created, a world of Chibold, Strigoi, Cruor, Ankou, and Morts, but the general atmosphere in this book is much heavier. This book is less about magic, and more about sheer determination and the power of love. For Cordovae, love is the driving force behind everything she does, and that's what makes her a stand-out character. Beautifully written, Come, the Dark is a book I would whole-heartedly recommend to anyone looking for an engaging read.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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