Fantasy Book Review: Dark Star

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human-something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers-livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything-and everyone-she loves.

Despite being the daughter of a superhero, Audrey has a fairly normal home life. Her mother does her best to protect Audrey from the dangerous side of her life. But there’s a whole world her mother has been keeping from Audrey that she discovers after getting attacked one night. And Audrey soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous search.

Dark Star is the first in a super-powered, urban fantasy series. This excellent debut is full of suspense, mystery, intrigue, and a bit of romance. There isn’t a lot of superhero action till later in the novel, as the story follows Audrey and her Knowing power isn’t a combative talent. Yet the mystery made this book hard to put down. The suspense builds to a big showdown and an exciting conclusion. With fun characters, a complex plot, and a fascinating world – I highly recommend this unique series.