The Dark Divine, first in the dark Divine series by Bree Despain, was captivating and charming. A slightly different twist on werewolf lore with a wholesome spin was pure delight to read. With amazing characters, mystery, and romance this novel had a little of everything to appeal to a broad range of readers.
From the beginning you have an idea of the supernatural forces involved but like most great movie tactics the drama is in the reveal, and Despain showed a wonderfully mastery of suspense. However, in the interim you are given characters who seem to jump off the page, pulling you in to their world.
Despain also draws you in with her wonderful writing style giving great attention to tones and details. I truly enjoyed how she used her abilities to create world that swims up around you, drawing you in and making you a part of it.
Honestly, my only qualm with this book was the demise of a "side" character that goes unseen. However, Despain pays wonderful respects to this character whom I was really hoping to see develop further in later novels.
All in all, this was a great debut novel by an author I am sure we will see more from. I cannot wait to pick up the next installment and see what lays in store for these wonderful characters.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Scars