Perhaps the one question that everyone needs to ask in their lives, the one question that matters most of all is, who am I? Of course that question then turns into a never ending search of oneself, of asking what you are, why you are, and, finally, what is it that you are going to do with your life.
But what happens when you discover that what you thought was real, was what mattered, isn’t what your life to that point was what you thought it was? Where do you go, who do you trust, and, if you manage to find all of that… What does it all mean?
That can open your eyes to things you never imagined, both light and dark…
- Title: Dark Revelation
- Author: Stephanie Myers
- Publishing Date: May 5, 2012
- Length: 258 Pages
- ASIN: B0080UY2BK
- This work at Amazon.com
- Stephanie Myers’ Blog
The story tells of:
Ryleigh Simmons just turned seventeen. After losing her parents in a fatal accident, Ryleigh moves in with an aunt she was unaware of and is introduced to family she never knew existed. After finding out she is a descendant of the Fae, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the assistance of Tristan – a long lost cousin. Ryleigh’s Uncle Finar wants nothing more than to consume her and those like her to become the most powerful Fae in existence and Ryleigh is the only one who can stop him.
This story is, in it’s own way, a coming of age story. There is love, loss, growth, pain and revelations with it. So many characters that I cared about, others that I wanted to have something happen to them, and still others that at the end of the story I had so many questions about. None of that is a bad thing. In truth, it adds layers to a story which could have turned into something very dark and foreboding by the end of it.
The book’s summary does tell a lot about the story as a whole, but what it doesn’t give you a sense of is how Ryleigh survives all of the pain and suffering that she has to face. You really do not get a sense of the things she must face, the people that demand of her, hide truths from her, and, most importantly, the opening of her eyes to what she is in truth.
Ryleigh is described as a Succubus, specifically one an underlying society of beings that have, for the most part, hidden themselves away from humanity. While they appear to be human at a glance, through the story we discover that some have aspects in their true forms that make them appear to be evil. You might expect Ryleigh as a Succubus to have horns and a tail, but she doesn’t… not really. She is, however, in her true form… different.
That is not a bad thing, though reading of her true form, how it manifests, and what it means, was interesting as it had its own internal logic that, for me, fit into the world she exists in well. There is magic, of a kind, in this world, and I thought it a rather clever method of control that beings like Ryleigh must use to control their powers.
It is that power which draws the “evil” of this story, that being Ryleigh’s uncle Finar. He wasn’t the stereotypical evil being, though he does, and is, so very evil throughout the book. It is quite easy to dislike him from the first moment he appears and as the story progressed, I found myself looking for the moment when he would meet his match.
While Ryleigh is the core of the story and Finar is the evil of it, the appearance of Tristan and his sister Illeana brought some mischief to things, but also connections that change Ryleigh’s life and fate. It is hard to accept what happens to them all, most of all Tristan and Illeana, whom I felt had to face things that no one really should ever have to.
There are many, many other minor and not-so minor characters to be found, Ryleigh’s parents touched my heart and I felt for them more than I can explain. Aunt Vera was both mysterious and at the same moment tragic as well. I won’t spoil who Nissa is, or Vee for that matter, but I would have liked to know much more about them. They are mysterious and are more than they seem, as is hinted, but that mystery stays with them through the story.
The story as a whole is, it must be said, so very dark in nature. Personally depressingly dark stories are very difficult for me to read, especially those in which by the end there is no hope at all. This story does not fall into that trap thankfully. While the dark moments are strongly so, there are moments of joy and laughter that show, clearly, that in spite of all that Ryleigh and her family face, there is hope. That’s important and it’s good to see that she never forgets that.
There are, of course, some questions left unanswered. Most of those are little things that are not important to the overall story, but would have been nice to know answers to. There was one moment in the story that made me pause are read several times to try and understand what was happening, but other than that one moment I found the story flowed well, was well written, and, most importantly, made sense.
It did so because what the characters were capable of was reasonable for each of them, they remained true to who they were, and in the end the decisions they made fit with what we knew of them from the story. I appreciated that.
The story leaves several doors open to continue, I do think that the very last chapter is a bit too short and personally I would have made it somewhat longer for all that happens in it. I would have also liked for the future of all of the characters to be touched on a little bit more.
I’ll give this story four and a half pitchforks out of five.
So many questions left unanswered, but this is the first book in the series, so that has to be expected. A scattering of moments where some of the story didn’t quite line up right, but that is a minor issue in the grand scheme of things her as well. Ryleigh’s story is one that I will be following and I do hope that the next part of the story isn’t too far away…
I want to give special thanks to Stephanie Myers for sending me a copy of this work which contained a number of editing corrections in it that made her work much better than the copy that I originally received from Amazon. I appreciated that so very much, and I wish her well in her future works always…