Review: DARKNESS SHALL FALL / by Alistair McElrath

Darkness shall fall (The Aedyn Chronicles, 3) / Alistair McElrath
INT (MS) Rating: 4

Alister McGrath presents Darkness Shall Fall, the third book in The Aedyn Chronicles series. Two months have passed since the volcano explosion, killing many people and releasing the Shadow, an evil power from deep within the earth. British teens Peter, Julia, and Louisa are trapped with the people of Aedyn on the island of Khemia.

Peter and Julia expect the Lord of Hosts to save them as foretold in an ancient prophecy. When a mysterious stranger arrives claiming to be a messenger from the Lord of Hosts to lead them home, they welcome Peras, even though Louisa is wary. Peter is relieved to have the leadership responsibility lifted from him. But when Peras betrays them and the talisman is stolen, Louisa has a crazy plan to steal it back from the Gul’nogs. The teens face a final battle whose outcome is unclear, and they learn the true meaning of the prophecy and their roles.

Character and plot development is better than in the second book of this series, perhaps because the author is tying up loose ends. Peter, Julia, and Lousia mature and change as a result of their adventures in Aedyn. The lessons they learn are applicable in their world as well as in Aeydn. The spiritual overtone in these books is allegorical. As in the earlier books, Voytek Nowakowski provides black and white illustrations in this fantasy series reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

This book is geared towards ages 9-12 years of age, although middle school readers will like it as well. Recommended for school libraries and public libraries.

— reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, February/April 2012.

See also The Chosen Ones [and] Flight of the Outcasts, by Alistair McElrath.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
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