darkness is coming by Charles W. Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3 Cranky Stars
Darkness is coming is one of those books that you have really pay attention to.
And know a bit of American history.
And then pay attention some more.
It is set in multiple time periods, but one basic geographical location (THANK GOD). This was rather annoying in the first few chapters because you had NO IDEA why you were jumping around in time and who the heck these characters were..... but eventually I saw the link between the characters and it made sense. Somewhat.
Anyhoo, once you get into it, it's a fairly straightforward tale of witches, demons, love, and murder. There are some interesting characters, though some seemed a bit more fleshed out than others. I did initially have trouble keeping the names of characters straight and their personalities within the same time frame. But, I'm also usually reading about 3 books plus an audiobook at one time, so sue me.
I think this is a pretty good YA read and if you are an American history teacher who is teaching about the Salem witch trials I think you could easily assign this as a reading and for group discussions. Not to say that it is dry and boring, but rather that it does a good job of relating the history to characters that could be real people. There is a bit of human experience learning in there as well, particularly as you jump between time periods but still find the same types of people.
Overall, it was a good read, if a bit slow to start.
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