Hello, and Happy Friday book fam! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week so far, and are excited for the weekend. I’m grateful to be bringing you my stop on the blog tour event for Ten Years of Darkness by Kristen M. Chambers & Viktor Strangewayes, the prequel to their Vaal’Bara Historical Society series. Thank you so much to Storytellers on Tour for inviting me to join this tour, and Kristen M. Chambers for sending me a physcial copy of this book. Make sure to check out my Instagram @booksnbites13 Today for my post there.
I had a lot of fun reading Ten Years of Darkness, and it was my first book of the Vaal’Bara Historical Society series so it was a fun peek into the quirky characters and crazy story that extends through multiple universes. Make sure to take a few minutes and go to the other stops on the tour, as we’ll each have something different to share. 🙂
Dates: February 3rd–February 9th
Ten Years of Darkness by Kristen M. Chambers and Viktor H. Strangewayes
Series: Vaal’bara Historical Society (#0)
Published: October 27, 2020
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Magical Realism, Contemporary Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy
Age Group: New Adult, Adult
Pages: 417 (Print Length)
Kristen Chambers was just an average girl.
Kristen tossed her pencil down. “Great, now they’ll think this is another angsty teenage vampire novel.” She rose and left the room, returning shortly thereafter with a blackened, crooked quill pen. Silently she cradled it in her hands for a moment before sitting down. In truth, she hated to use it. Its nib was distorted, and it left splotches of oily black on whatever it touched. But her hesitation went beyond the physical, bringing forth a sense of regret and guilt. Yet she knew the quill remained a part of her, even after its power had long been expended.
Pressing the instrument to the page, she started again.
Laurence, by his own admission, was a failure. An aspiring magician by trade, he had spent his days attempting to recreate something he knew in his heart must exist, but for some reason did not. His life was miserable, and he knew he would never amount to anything. In that regard, Kristen and Laurence had something in common, even though they had never met – or so they thought. Together, they both stood on the face of a coin, forever tumbling through time, unable to gain their bearings, always ignorant of what existed on the other side.
However, after the appearance of a dangerous stranger, their lives began to change, and many things that once seemed impossible, quite suddenly became all too real. Before long, powerful artifacts were being hunted down, demons had clashed with plague-bearing bats, and the remnants of races long since buried had crawled up to the surface. Their lives had taken a turn in a direction neither could have predicted, and one they were certainly not prepared for.
With potential horrors looming on the horizon, and access to Magical resources having been intentionally obstructed, many questions still remain: Have they chosen to support the right factions? Are their goals worth more than those they are fighting against? And worst of all, have they gone through this entire process before?
From the group who founded the Vaal’bara Historical Society, Ten Years of Darkness takes place in an unsettling time before many events transpired, yet is simultaneously affected by their outcome. It follows characters both new and familiar, bringing as yet untold details to light while also exploring others from a unique perspective. Those seeking to learn the true mission of the Society may very well choose to start here, while other heroes who have already traveled the timeways at their side will find many clues to further their journey as they look toward the future.
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55811298-ten-years-of-darkness
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LW5P83Y
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Kristen Chambers was born in Omaha, NE in 1990, and lived a fairly ordinary life as far as she was concerned. An avid reader from a young age, she dreamed of diving into the pages of her favorite books and escaping into a world of adventure far more exciting than her own boring existence. Little did she know, such a fate had already been decided for her…
Her life guided by an unusual series of events, she eventually found herself thrust into the adventure she had always wished for, though she quickly realized it was nothing like she had imagined as a child. The veil was lifted, and she soon discovered a world of Magic, demons and dark forces beyond her comprehension. She was led to Chicago in 2011, where she would eventually meet, among others, Viktor Strangewayes. Though she didn’t know it at the time, he would become her greatest ally in the years to come.
In the year 2020, with Viktor at her side, she helped to found the Vaal’bara Historical Society, an organization dedicated to unearthing the long-forgotten truth of humanity’s Magical past. By telling her own story, and experiencing countless others through the use of the Temploscope, she hopes to guide humanity toward a better future, and prevent the terrible fate that awaits them.
My Review –
I really enjoyed the SFF mix, with multiple realities and time travel. I found the chain of events to be a little confusing, but I’m sure that if I had read the other books it would have made more sense. The characters were entertaining, but I especially loved Kristen, Carmen and Aurie!! Aurie had me cracking up with her love of cheeseburgers, which made me have to get one. This was a very entertaining novel, prequel to the rest of the Vaal’Bara Historical Society novels. I definitely look forward to reading the rest of the series, I’m entirely invested now! The causes of large spread illness among humans was a brilliant creation, and the ending had me in absolute belly laughs! Clever!!! (No spoilers here!) I highly recommend to anyone who’s read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, or Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire by G.M. Nair as they all share the multiple universe theory.
Well, Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you have a fabulous Friday and weekend, and check this book series out if you are a fan of scifi-fantasy. Before you go, take a minute to enter the giveaway for a free copy of the book!
Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!