Author: Darren Charlton
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published by: Little Tiger
Publication date: 01/09/22
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
With the tide turned against the Dead, Peter and the remaining community on Wranglestone prepare to leave for town, where the comforts of the world before await them. Could this be the home that finally brings both safety and unity for all?
Cooper isn’t so sure. He harbours feelings from that terrible night on the lake and worse, a secret… codename, Timberdark.
With Cooper’s new found connection to the Dead, Peter’s suspicions about what he might do next grow. Faced with losing the boy he loves, Peter must uncover the truth about the mysterious Timberdark before their future together and the world around them is placed in danger.
Timberdark is the follow up to the incredible Wranglestone. This was one of my most anticipated 2022 releases, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and I can confirm it exceeded my very high expectations, for me it was perfect. Only one other book this year has made me ugly cry for multiple reasons. Turning to the first page felt like returning home, immediately slotting back into Peter’s and Cooper’s story. I adored Wranglestone, I adored Timberdark even more. It’s not often I’ll put a book straight back on my TBR instead of adding it to my shelves, this one went straight back on.
Timberdark is full of action, twists, heartbreak and betrayal. There’s a bit at the beginning and another towards the end that broke my heart, I’m still not over it. From the first mention of Timberdark, I was invested. I needed to find out what it meant, what it was, who was behind it. I was not expecting it to go the way it did, it was even better than I expected. Every time I thought I had solved it a new twist threw me off. It was a ride and I loved every second of it! Darren Charlton is a master storyteller, I’ve undoubtedly said it before, I stand by it though. I’m in awe of his ability to captivate you and have you emotionally invested in these characters and the story. I read this early September and it’s still living rent free in my head,
I cannot recommend this duology enough, they’re a must read!
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