5 stars Action/Adventure Angst Level Book Bullying Contemporary DA Friends to lovers Gay Gender Fluid High but not hopeless m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild/low level heat Morgan NetGalley New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Trans Witches/Warlocks/Wizards young adult

Darkling by Brooklyn Ray

Nine Star Presents on January 8, 2018


Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is surrounded by dense woods, and is home to quaint coffee shops, a movie theater, a few bars, two churches, the local college, and witches, of course.

Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping the secrets hasn’t been a problem, until a tarot reading with his best friend, Liam Montgomery, who happens to be one of his secrets, starts a chain of events that can’t be undone.

Dark magic runs through Ryder’s veins. The cards have prophesized a magical catastrophe that could shake the foundation of Ryder’s life, and a vicious partnership with the one person he doesn’t want to risk.

Magic and secrets both come at a cost, and Ryder must figure out what he’s willing to pay to become who he truly is.


This is more about Ryder learning and growing and coming into his own more than a romance. Maybe romantic fiction? It’s got a definite YA/NA feel and the steam is pretty low.

However, it’s fascinating! Ryder is trans and there are some other non-traditional folks in this story – but that’s not the focus. Which is awesome! It just is. Instead, the true story is about Ryder dealing with his own duality in the paranormal world and what that means to him and his family and friends.

It’s a really detailed and unique world the author has given us and if you’re at all interested in witchcraft – this is for you!

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars


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