Review: DARKFALL by Janice Hardy

Darkfall (Healing Wars, #3) 
Janice Hardy
432 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher

War has come.

Nya’s the one who brought it. And the people love her for it.

With Baseer in shambles and Geveg now an impenetrable military stronghold, Nya and the Underground have fled to a safer location—without Tali. Nya is guilt-ridden over leaving her sister behind and vows to find her, but with the rebellion in full swing and refugees flooding the Three Territories, she fears she never will.

The Duke, desperate to reclaim the throne as his own, has rallied his powerful army. And they are on the move, destroying anyone who gets in the way.

To save her sister, her family, and her people, Nya needs to stay ahead of the Duke’s army and find a way to build one of her own. Past hurts must be healed, past wrongs must be righted, and Nya must decide: Is she merely a pawn in the rebellion, a symbol of hope—or is she ready to be a hero?

   Nya and the Underground have escaped to a safer location – without Nya’s only sister, Tali (one of Nya’s only two remaining family members). Now Nya vows to get her sister Tali back, and nothing will stop her. That’s not Nya’s only problem though, for she must protect the people from the throne-greedy Duke. The Duke will kill anybody who will stand against him or get in his way. Will Nya defeat the Duke, and save the people and be able to rescue Tali at the same time? Or will she have to choose between Tali and the people? Read the final book in this suspenseful trilogy to find out about sad and outrageous happenings.

   Darkfall is awesome, and though I enjoyed it, I liked the first and second book better (but this one’s cover is the best). The other books had more adventure and weren’t as sad as this one, plus they were a little bit more interesting in my opinion. Though I enjoyed this fast-paced novel I think it would’ve been a bit better if there was more fear – in the last book of The Healing Wars trilogy, Nya is invincible, so she isn’t afraid of anything, which kind of made it a little boring. The author Janice Hardy’s writing is flawless and perfect. Though it’s not as good as the first and second I still think it’s awesome! You should read this one, especially if Blue Fire left you hanging!

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This review was written by my 11 year old sister , Asma! :)


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September 24, 2011



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    Juju at Tales of

    September 22, 2011

    I read the first and loved it. So glad to hear the series continues to rock.

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    Aeicha @ Word Spelunking

    September 22, 2011

    First of all let me just say that I'm so jealous that you have an ARC of this book :D I love this series and can't wait to get my hands on this book.

    Second, this is an excellent review with a great brief summary and with the high and low points highlighted. Your review made me even more excited to read this book.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Lauren M

    September 22, 2011

    I love that cover! The colors are mesmerizing! It's a bummer that this book wasn't as good as the first two, but I'm glad you still enjoyed it, Asma! :)

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    Rummanah Aasi

    September 22, 2011

    I read the first book a couple of years ago and loved it. I definitely have to catch up with this great series. Glad to know that it continues strongly.

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    September 22, 2011

    Wonderful review Asma! I love what you said about fear, I can definitely see how someone being invincible would take some of the tension out of the action.

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    ashelynn hetland

    September 22, 2011

    (dude, I love your layout. SO AWESOME.)

    Great review, Asma! I haven't heard of this one, but I like the sound of it. Adding it on my to-read pile. :)

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    September 22, 2011

    I haven't read this series yet but I love Balzer + Bray books so I'm going to have to add this series to my wishlist. Especially if Asma likes them! Too bad this one wasn't AS good as the first two, but glad it was still awesome!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    September 22, 2011

    I haven't read the others but you make me want to pick them up! Great review.

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    September 22, 2011

    Aww that is too bad that you didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. =( But this series does sound pretty good. Thanks for the thoughtful review, Asma!!

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    Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    September 23, 2011

    This sounds like such a fun series! Asma, you have a brilliant and insightful mind – your comments on fear were spot-on. Lovely review :)

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    A Canadian Girl

    September 23, 2011

    I'm in total agreement with you, Asma; when your MC is invincible, you don't have to worry about her and the story can become boring. Fear would have enhanced the tension.

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    j. barrett

    September 24, 2011

    looks like a good read, Julie

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    Inspired Kathy

    September 24, 2011

    I removed your link from the Banned Books Giveaway Linky. If you get a post up email me so I can readd you.

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    Arianne Cruz

    November 17, 2011

    interesting book for a tween. i thought it was more in the older YA category

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    Amanda Welling

    November 19, 2011

    I've never heard of this one before! I'll have to check it out :)

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    February 6, 2012

    I enjoyed the review. Great review by your sister!

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    December 18, 2012

    I hadn't heard of this read before reading your review. Sounds like a fun read. I love to mix these in every now and then.