Twilight is a 15-year-old girl who doesn’t quite fit in with her family. Her parents and her brothers mistreat her and force her to do homework all day. She doesn’t understand why they treat her differently from her and why her mother despises her. She realizes that she looks different from her brother, but she looks like her father. She learns that she is part of the Sharavaks, also known as the shadows. They want to exterminate normal people and establish their own civilization, but they need Twilight’s help since she is the most powerful. As her powers awaken, she has an internal battle between good and evil. Will Twilight help the Sharavaks carry out her dark purpose?
Myrk’s Maiden: Daughter of Darkness by Alyssa Charpentier is a riveting coming-of-age fantasy novel that immerses readers in a fascinating world of magic and the tense struggle between the hope of good and inherent evil.
Twilight’s character starts out innocent, and the reader wonders why her family hates her. As the story progresses, she discovers the mystery of who she really is and her powers begin to grow and we can see the dark side of her. I was captivated by this painstaking character development of her and the intriguing realization of who she really is. I was surprised when Twilight turns fierce and wild. This is the time when readers get to see her inner struggle where she longs to be good, but the darkness is always pressing down on her.
Tension runs high throughout the story, especially when Twilight is on the run. While I did enjoy the story, I felt it could have benefited from being shortened a bit to make Twilight’s fighting feel more linear rather than recycled. Don’t let this stop you from reading this impressive gothic fantasy novel, as the author creatively incorporates magic into the story, such as Twilight’s mother visiting her in visions, or how the Sharavaks were able to infiltrate Twilight’s thoughts and change her mind. form. All of this helps make this story an unpredictable adventure.
I recommend Myrk’s Maiden: Daughter of Darkness For readers looking for a dramatic and thoughtful fantasy adventure novel.
Pages: 466 | ASIN: B098MXQHTK