I am a huge fan of Armstrong’s Otherworld series. My almost 13 year old niece loves the Darkest Powers trilogy, and as she is also a fellow Harry Potter fan, I knew I had to give it a try.
The series centers around 15 year old Chloe Sanders, a student at an art school in New York. Her mother died when she was young, and she is left in the care of her father, a busy, never there businessman, who likes to flip apartments and move around a lot. Chloe is taken care of mostly by housekeepers, and her Aunt Lauren, her late mothers’ sister. She is actually a quite likable character.
Chloe is a late bloomer, but when she does finally “bloom,” look out! She begins to see people that other people don’t, which leads to a breakdown and she is taken to a group home for troubled teens. She meets up with some other young people there, all of whom are just a wee bit different.
It doesn’t take too long before Chloe realizes that she is a necromancer, and the people she is seeing are actually ghosts. A little digging reveals that she is not your typical necromancer, and none of her housemates are very typical either.
Armstrong’s Otherworld series was definitely written for adults. The language used, situations, etc. are all for adult readers. This was written for tweens/teens. It’s actually quite mild in comparison. Where Clayton and Elena (Otherworld) may be tearing each others clothes off and ravaging each other in the forest, in these books we’re working with eye contact, blushing, hand grazing and more of the like. The nice thing about reading this trilogy is that it is written in the same context, in the same world. I recognized terminology, locations, etc. from the Otherworld series. So any young reader that reads DP will find familiarity when they are older and progress into Otherworld.
Very good, very well written, as all of Armstrong’s books are.
Each separately and the trilogy on a whole – 4/5 stars.