Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Darkwater by Catherine Fisher [Review]

Darkwater 3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Darkwater by Catherine Fisher
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Release: September 27, 2012
Hardcover: 240 Pages
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
What would you sell your soul for?

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Trevelyan would give anything to regain the power and wealth her family has lost, so she makes a bargain with Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. He gives her one hundred years and the means to accomplish her objective--in exchange for her soul. Fast-forward a hundred years to Tom, a fifteen-year-old boy who dreams of attending Darkwater Hall School but doesn't believe he has the talent. Until he meets a professor named Azrael, who offers him a bargain. Will Sarah be able to stop Tom from making the same mistake she did a century ago?

This is smart fantasy mixed with elements of horror from master storyteller Catherine Fisher. She says, "Darkwater Hall is an image of the power and knowledge we all desire. But what will we pay for them, and are they worth the price?"
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Shannon's Thoughts:
Darkwater is kind of a strange deal.  First of all, it is really short.  Secondly, it is written in two parts.  The first follows Sarah in the early 1900s.  Her family lost all of its wealth when her grandfather gambled away all of his possessions - including the family home, Darkwater Hall.  She and her ailing father are now poor and forced to live with her former maid too small house.  Sarah is invited by Lord Azrael to work in his laboratory and is eventually offered a bargain in exchange for her soul.  The book then jumps straight to the second part, set 100 years later.  Tom is followed by his twin, Simon, who died at birth.  Only Tom can see Simon.  Darkwater Hall is now a school and Tom wishes he could attend.  He runs into Sarah, who is close to the end of her bargain and he decides to help her in any way he can. 

Each part of the book is fairly separate from the other.  I felt like I was reading two short stories that happened to have overlapping characters instead of just one cohesive story.  And since it is so short, you don't get a lot of background or character depth.  Although, I did find Sarah's side of the story was more fleshed out than Tom's.  All in all, it took me less than a day to read.  It was well written and interesting.  But it was slightly disjointed and too quick.  I would have liked it to be slightly longer.

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