Darker Still

Darker StillTitle: Darker Still
Author: Leanna Renne Hieber
Series: Magic Most Foul #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date: November 8, 2011
Pages: 317
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
4 Stars


I was obsessed.

It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I'd ever seen--everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable...utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.

There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.

I've crossed over into his world within the painting, and I've seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked--bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. Unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.

I really loved reading Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber. The absolute, best part of this novel was Natalie. I loved reading from Natalie’s perspective because she was funny and adventurous and smart—exactly the kind of person I would want to be friends with. I laughed out loud so many times, and she just felt so real—the character development in this novel was really well done. Hieber created characters with strong personalities, but they were still people you would want to know and spend time with (for the most part).

The plot was also really intriguing. I know this novel was inspired by the Picture of Dorian Gray, but I have not read that book, so I had no idea what to expect—except for something involving a picture and an alternate reality. Even though there were a lot of mysteries surrounding the plot, it isn’t the type of story where you can guess what the pieces of the puzzle are yourself (unless you know Latin, have a working knowledge of Egyptian Mythology, and various other religions). Even though mystery is typically one of my favorite aspects of a plot, in this case it didn’t really do anything for me. What drew me into Darker Still’s plot was Natalie’s self-discovery and inner strength, as well as the the blossoming love between her and Lord Denbury.

All in all this was a great read, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series when it is released. Fans of Gothic Literature and Historical Fiction should definitely check this one out.