Shelly Towne starred review

The oldest battle is that between good and evil. As it turns out there is nothing such as pure evil or pure good and this fuzzy dichotomy is vibrantly illustrated in Erin Eveland’s debut novel Darkenss from Selladore Press.

Catherine is a girl who is down on her luck (to say the least). She has been tossed between households and struggles to gain comfort in life much less striving for happiness. Facing daily hardship, the teenage girl (who Eveland intelligently describes without actually addressing physical attributes) trudges through the snowy mud in the hope for something more.

And something more does indeed come to pass. Something she, unbeknownst to Catherine herself, has understood on a primal level since birth. She is more than just a little different--she has great and unusual powers that are in turn sought desperately by others who feel and collect such things. I really cannot and should not go any further into the characters or the plot, but I do need to say that Eveland is incredibly talented in crafting both her portraits and story.

Darkness is something special. The first of what promises to be a trilogy of works, fans will crave the next installment after rolling around the pages of this book for a while. I found this to be a carefully crafted, beautifully assembled, and perfectly plotted novel. Seriously addictive, painfully evocative, and truly terrifying I can’t recommend Darkness enough to fans of anything vaguely dark. Of course Eveland’s visceral and twisted use of language and graphic scenes (not overly gory or sexual in nature but still gut wrenching) may not be for every reader. I am truly impressed.