Here’s the description from Goodreads:
“Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits- and the darkness is staring back.
Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.
All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is. In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…”
I really enjoyed Darkness Watching and I think if I’d had more spare time I’d have finished it in three or four nights.
In all honesty I’ve never read anything about demons before (because they scare me) but I really loved this book.
Ashlyn was a really likeable person and her super studious ways at the start of the book reminded me a lot of my best friend. Aside from being able to do magic and see demons it was easy to relate to her fears about getting into university, starting university and boy issues.
The other characters weren’t explored as much as I’d hoped but hopefully we’ll find out more about them in the next book.
The way the town was described in the book sucked me in and I had no trouble imagining it, in fact it reminded me a lot of Keele.
Darkness Watching had quite a few nice twists and turns in it and the decisions and reasoning behind things made sense and it didn’t try to baffle the reader with complicated explanations.
I wasn’t at all surprised by the guy who turned out to be ‘the bad guy’ though, I saw that coming a mile off. Aside from that though I didn’t find Darkness Watching to be predictable.
Something that really interested me was the way the author portrayed demons. In my head they were evil looking people with red eyes so the way they’re portrayed in Darkness Watching makes them seem a little friendlier than I’ve always imagined as their eye colour happens to be my favourite colour.
I also really enjoyed that it was set in England which meant I get the education system. I’ve read so many books using the US education system and I still don’t get it, (do you go to college or university? Are they the same thing or does one come before the other?) so it was nice to just be able to read Darkness Watching without having to think about. I’m sure that’s not really a major selling point for anyone but it was genuinely something I liked about it.
The ending felt quite abrupt and sudden, which left me wanting more so I’ll definitely pick up the second book to find out what happens to Ashlyn next.
Darkness Watching is an enjoyable and exciting read about magic and demons that leaves you doing a second take at any ‘dark spaces’ in your house searching them for violet eyes.
If you’re looking for an interesting book about magic and demons, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Darkness Watching.
*I was provided with a copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review.