Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Darkness of Light Book Tour: Review + Author Interview + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for The Darkness of Light book tour! I have a review of this amazing book coming up, as well as an interview with the author and a giveaway for copies of The Darkness of Light. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

The Darkness of Light (The Dia Chronicles, #1)
Release date: January 28, 2014
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
Series: The Dia Chronicles #1

The world has long forgotten them, but their descendants live on, not wholly mortal or god, but something in between…

At the dawn of the sixth century, in the aftermath of her mother’s brutal execution, Mara Black is forced to flee the only life she has ever known.

Mara can tell she’s different, but isn't sure why. After she encounters two mysterious strangers, she discovers her secret is but a drop in an ocean of many. She is a Dia, a descendant of ancient gods, and her mother sacrificed herself to protect Mara from their past.

Summoned by an uncle she didn't know existed, Mara thinks she’s found the family she’s always wanted, and Corbin, a love she never thought possible. But not everything is as it seems. Her uncle has other motives for protecting her, and her mentor, Malcolm, becomes so jealous, he’ll do anything to get what he wants. When tragedy strikes, and the true darkness among them comes to light, Mara discovers that sometimes love can give you everything, and obsession can take it all away. With her powers gone, and destiny calling, she has to look deep within to find the courage to save herself. Mara, along with Corbin and her newfound family, must fight to get back what was taken, or die trying.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Dark, magical, and brilliant, The Darkness of Light was a fantastic New Adult fantasy. Romantic, dark, and thrilling, this book was amazing and I totally loved it. 

Mara was lovely heroine. She started off as a girl who found herself in a difficult situation and was, at first, overwhelmed. But, over the course of the book, she got stronger and met every challenge that her new life had in store for her. She was strong, kind, and likable. I thought she was great.

Corbin was also wonderful. He was so sweet and so determined to protect those he loved. He felt deeply and had a deep sense of honor and duty. He was wonderful and I totally adored him.

The romance was very sweet. Mara and Corbin were adorable together. They were such a perfect match and a lovely couple. And, the attraction between them began from the moment they met. I thought they were perfect together. 

Malcolm's character was very interesting. It was difficult to pin him down. Sometimes, he would act really nice and genuinely try to do the right thing. But, the next moment, his weakness of will would bring him down and he would do yet another terrible thing. He was a wonderfully complex character and, though I hated him, I also pitied him. Overall, I thought he was a brilliantly done character.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills along the way, as well as some secrets revealed that I never saw coming. All that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious for more. I can't wait to read more from this series because it's off to a fantastic start.

The Darkness of Light was a brilliant New Adult fantasy. I absolutely loved this book. It was dark, romantic, and unpredictable. Everything about it was amazing. Romance lovers, this book is a must read.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Author Interview:

Welcome to Imagine a World! I’m so glad you could be here :)

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
The hardest part of me is the first draft. I know some writers love writing the first draft, it certainly is an adventure, but for me, it’s a bit stressful. I know in my mind that the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be a cohesive piece of writing, but I stress through the entire thing. I constantly have to remind myself that the first draft will be a total mess and I can fix it later. But by the time I get to about half-way through, I start to worry less.

I would say the easiest part is the research. I love spending hours reading and learning. I can get lost in research for days.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
I love this question, but it’s still hard to answer.

If I could cast Mara using a known actress, I would have to say either:

Kaya scodelario                       or Tamsin Egerton

For Corbin I would love Taylor Kitsch, assuming he could pull off a good English accent, but I doubt it.

Malcolm I would love to be played by Welsh actor, Aneurin Barnard. I love Aneurin and would hate to make him the antagonist, but I think he can create the perfect confusion of Malcolm’s character.

And Rowan I always envisioned as either Joseph Fiennes or Jonathan Rhys Meyers. They’re both so intense; I really think they could play the part well.

What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I don’t fight it. Some of the advice out there is to keep writing, but I think that can frustrate a writer, especially if they can’t write anything that makes them feel like their moving forward.

Instead, I prefer to read and watch movies until something inspires me. I often have my best ideas when I’m not trying to force them. For me, I think writer’s block is a time to take a step back and wait, while being mindful of new ideas.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
Of course. My favorite author is Anne Rice (minus the Christian novels). I’ve always been inspired by her. I also truly love Philipa Gregory. Every time I pick up one of her novels, I go MIA for a few days, at least.

I’ve also always been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe. I even named my cat after him. And I always find myself rereading Charles Dickens novels.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
Yes! Right now I’m writing the sequel to The Darkness of Light, called The Shadows of Light. It’s a continuation of the first novel with a focus on the character, Malcolm, and his journey.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
I would love to visit (emphasis on VISIT) either Elizabethan England, or Italy during the Renaissance. They seem like such magical times in history.

Summer or winter?

Cat or dog?
Both. I can’t live without either.

Tea or coffee?

Book or movie?

Bad boy or boy next door?
Boy next door with a bad twist

Thanks for coming!
Thanks for having me!
Up for grabs are 5 paperback copies of The Darkness of Light
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Tammy Farrell
Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and four fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches pre-GED English and attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.


  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Farrah, and thanks for hosting me. :)