A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash's long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they're caught, they'll be executed--but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
- Paperback | 390 pages
- 140 x 210 x 33.02mm | 371g
- 05 Sep 2013
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- United States
"Detailed postapocalyptic world building makes Richards' series debut intriguing."--Booklist "Provides a balanced combination of romance, action. and fantasy."--SLJ "A Romeo and Juliet-type of relationship, yet there's so much action, anger and angst that the plot line is just as vital as the romance aspect. Fans of urban fantasy and forbidden romance will definitely want to pick this one up."--USA Today "Compelling and fresh."--VOYA "A quick, lusty romance in a world gone awry."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book "Elizabeth Richards' debut as a fiction author is inspiring. Her sense of drama, combined with brilliant attention to detail and the striking ability to create tension, makes the book a great read . . . The next books of the Black City series will be awaited with bated breath."--Teenreads "This book is one that will be enjoyed on many levels from the literal plot of two very different teenagers who fall in love (think apparently doomed love as in Romeo and Juliet) to the subplot of discrimination leading to violence and chaos. 4/5 stars"--Examiner.com
About Elizabeth Richards
Elizabeth Richards lives in Buckinghamshire, England.
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(Source: I own a copy of this book.) 16-year-old Ash is a half-blood - half darkling vampire, and half human. He lives with his father who is a preacher, and his seriously ill darkling mother is hidden in their basement (which is against the law). 16-year-old Natalie is the daughter of the city's Emissary, and she hates Darklings after one tortured and killed her father. In Black city humans live on one side of a wall, and the Darklings on the other. While the emissary battles to do worse things to the Darklings, another group fight to stop segregation. Darklings feed on human or synthetic blood though, so the humans feel safer away from the Darklings, even if this means locking them up in a very small place with little nourishment. When Ash and Natalie meet, something strange begins to happen between them, and slowly they realise that they like each other. Can an Emissary's daughter and a half-blood Darkling really have a relationship though? What will happen in the war between the humans and the Darklings? And what will happen if Ash and Natalie get caught? This was an interesting vampire/dystopian/romance mix, and I liked the 'Romeo and Juliet' storyline. I felt sorry for both Natalie and Ash in this story. Natalie was forced to follow her mother's rules, while Ash was forced to deal drugs just to keep the bills paid. Neither of them had much of an attraction to each other in the beginning, and things developed between them gradually. I liked the romance in this book though, and I liked the little touches with regards to the Darklings and their hearts. It was sad that Natalie and Ash were not allowed to be together though, and that people were killed by crucifixion if they sympathised or had a relationship with a Darkling. I did find the world building a lot to take in at times. There were so many different rules, and types of darkling and history to try and remember that it all seemed a bit much, but thankfully this didn't seem to be 100% necessary to remember, as I don't recall that much of it, but I made it through the book fine! I did like the Romeo and Juliet storyline in this book, and there was even a balcony scene! I wasn't such a fan of the fighting and political aspects of the storyline, but it all fit in quite well together. I was a bit worried at the end that there wasn't going to be a happy ending after a really rocky moment, but everything worked out in the end, I'm guessing that there will be a lot more of the war stuff in the next book though, as that part of the storyline was left very open. Overall; an interesting vampire/dystopian/romance mix. 7.25 out of 10.show moreby Sarah Elizabeth