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  • Dark Rise, Book 1
  • By: C. S. Pacat
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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By: C. S. Pacat
Narrated by: Christian Coulson
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Summary

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Indie Best Seller

In this stunning new fantasy novel from international best-selling author C. S. Pacat, heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war are reborn and begin to draw new battle lines. This epic fantasy with high-stakes romance will sit perfectly on shelves next to beloved fantasy novels like the Infernal Devices series, the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and the Red Queen series.

Sixteen-year-old dock boy Will is on the run, pursued by the men who killed his mother. Then an old servant tells him of his destiny to fight beside the Stewards, who have sworn to protect humanity if the Dark King ever returns. Will is thrust into a world of magic, where he starts training for a vital role in the oncoming battle against the Dark.

As London is threatened and old enmities are awakened, Will must stand with the last heroes of the Light to prevent the fate that destroyed their world from returning to destroy his own.

Like V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and Shelby Mahurin’s Serpent & Dove, Dark Rise is more than just high intrigue fantasy - it’s fast-paced, action-packed, and completely surprising. Listeners will love exploring the rich setting of 19th-century London. This thrilling story of friendship, deception, loyalty, and betrayal is sure to find a passionate audience of listeners.

©2021 C. S. Pacat (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Stick with it!

This book really comes together and sets up what I think is gonna be an epic series when it’s complete!

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loved it!

A thrilling read! Wonderfully written and expertly narrated.

would thoroughly recommend giving it a go!

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Well worth a listen

Gripping throughout with twists and turns thrown in for good measure. Got this on offer and wasn’t sure about it, but it was money well spent!

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Great book!

This is super gripping and fun to read, I cannot wait for the next book! Get it in your ears :)

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I love Christian Coulson

Well I only started listening to it because of Christian Coulson and he is absolutely amazing I love his voice so much but I actually really liked the book too

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Great start to the series by Christian...

Well I have to say that even though this trilogy has only just started and this first instalment was pretty much an info dump, Christian Coulson knocked it out of the park [his inability to 'do' female voices notwithstanding]. What a bloomin' shame that he couldn't have narrated Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy cause I would definitely have bought all of it instead of returning it cause the narrator was rubbish! Christian was clear, precise, had a classic English accent and a good story-telling sort of voice. 5 stars without a doubt for the narration. 🥳🥳🥳

As far as the story is concerned, this one started off quite slowly for me as did the Captive Prince series; in fact, I didn't really make any bookmarks in the narration until around chapter 15, and then I couldn't seem to stop making them. The pace of the story really picked up, and yes, there are definitely similarities between some of the characters in this [the Shadow Kings] and the LotR behemoth by J.R.R. Tolkien, the main ones being the Ring Wraithes or Nazgûl. I personally likened the Citadel of the Stewards to Rivendell as it sounded so lovely, and the dreaded idea of everyone being subjected to the will of the Dark King was surely a nod to Sauron and his way of taking over peoples personalities and thoughts. Who knows which way this series will develop from here other than the Author herself, and I personally cannot wait for book 2...oh and GO VIOLET, GIRL YOU ROCK!! 4.5 stars for the story.

A heads up...there is NO sex in this story, NO real romance [gay or otherwise] as yet 😏 and bring on book 2...pretty please!!

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Gave me goosebumps multiple times

Just loved this book. Also the narrator Christian Coulson has a clarity that kept me hooked. Often books with LGBT hints are read in a camp style…
Can’t wait for Dark Heir!! Please be read by Christian!

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Expect the unexpected

This book was a trip!
It starts out with a similar vibe to other YA books, and you think "ok, its good" but nothing too surprising. BUT THEN. Things happen, a lot of unexpected and emotional things happen and they keeeep on going and the story will sucker punch you and you will feel like throwing the book out of a window :)
I will be eagerly wating for the sequels because I'm invested and i need to know where this is going.
The story and the narrative feel very fresh, and as surprising as things turn, you can see the events developing in retrospect, totally worth a second (or more) read.

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Surprising and immersive

An exciting story, with great characters. At the start it seems to follow the well known tropes of other fantasy fiction, but soon starts to surprise you and keeps you hooked to the end. Can’t wait for the next instalment!

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Amazing

Wonderfully complex, cannot wait for the second book to come out in august. Great narrator

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