If you want something different to read, buy this.
I enjoy fantasy but love finding books that are different. I understand why this novel is marketed under YA fantasy; the protagonists are all young people. But, in my opinion, this is speculative fiction at its best.
Set in the future, humanity survives in the protected city of Providence. But life is controlled, dictated by the Protector, who is in turn in league with the demon Abaddon.
This is a tale of discovery and of finding oneself. Three story lines meet, separate and make new strands. Deborah, Jonah and Zach – each of them discovers new things about themselves, and each of them grows as the novel progresses. To go into detail would be to spoil a first time read. What I loved most about this story is that Dougherty creates a believable futuristic landscape inhabited by very real characters.
If you love Celtic symbols and arch types, you’ll love this story. I even discovered a few Norse myths creeping in as well! Although Dougherty writes about arch types in the characters of her monsters and angels, nothing about her writing is stereotypical.
Try it. It’s different.
My only criticism is that it’s too short. I wanted it to go on…
The Dark Citadel Synopsis
When all you have are memories, and all you’re promised is a warped husband, even Hell seems like a reasonable option. In a violent, repressive world, where every colour is grey, every move monitored, every thought sifted, and every future set from birth, Deborah kicks against the traces. She wants more than a life of mindless drudgery. Something in the back of her memories, something bright and vibrant, rippling with laughter, soft as a breath of wind, keeps telling her: There is more. Just reach out and grab it, before the Protector puts it out of reach forever. So she resolves to break out of her prison, determined to discover the real purpose of her life, though it means braving the haunted desert. And before she walks flat-footed into the first trap, the vibrant, laughing memory reaches out his hand to help her.
You can read my review of the next book in the series, The Subtle Fiend
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Discover more about Jane Dougherty and all her varied writings at her amazing blog at Jane Dougherty Writes
© Freya Pickard 2016