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A year after Marduke's death, the Order's revenge is about to take shape. As they gain the upper hand in their battle against the Guardians, the Order's attempts to change history bear fruit and Ethan and Isabel notice subtle changes in their daily lives as an altered past impacts on the future. A year after Marduke's death, the Order's revenge is about to take shape. As they gain the upper hand in their battle against the Guardians, the Order's attempts to change history bear fruit and Ethan and Isabel notice subtle changes in their daily lives as an altered past impacts on the future.


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A year after Marduke's death, the Order's revenge is about to take shape. As they gain the upper hand in their battle against the Guardians, the Order's attempts to change history bear fruit and Ethan and Isabel notice subtle changes in their daily lives as an altered past impacts on the future. A year after Marduke's death, the Order's revenge is about to take shape. As they gain the upper hand in their battle against the Guardians, the Order's attempts to change history bear fruit and Ethan and Isabel notice subtle changes in their daily lives as an altered past impacts on the future.

30 review for The Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems

    I can't believe how much of this book is forgotten!!!! So much better than I remembered!!! I can't believe how much of this book is forgotten!!!! So much better than I remembered!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I liked this one so much better than the first. It continues on a year after the events of the last book, but gets right into the action. It really never stops. I'm glad I continued with the series. This entire series has a huge case of insta-love, though. Everyone seems to have a soul mate, and the way they discover their soul mate is by being unable to look away from each others' eyes when they first meet. When I read the first book, I thought it was going to avoid this kind of thing - but it I liked this one so much better than the first. It continues on a year after the events of the last book, but gets right into the action. It really never stops. I'm glad I continued with the series. This entire series has a huge case of insta-love, though. Everyone seems to have a soul mate, and the way they discover their soul mate is by being unable to look away from each others' eyes when they first meet. When I read the first book, I thought it was going to avoid this kind of thing - but it turns out the two who would have fallen in love otherwise weren't soul mates, so they didn't. This series was a lot of fun, just not without its flaws. And at least it gets away from high school and teenage drama after the first book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fedra

    Ok, I really liked it but some things felt kind of forced and the action was non-stop, something that doesn't fit quite well with me... But I'll definitely continue with the series, I enjoy these books! Possible triggers: Torture, whipping, beating and inflicting pain in general in one of the main characters. Ok, I really liked it but some things felt kind of forced and the action was non-stop, something that doesn't fit quite well with me... But I'll definitely continue with the series, I enjoy these books! Possible triggers: Torture, whipping, beating and inflicting pain in general in one of the main characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    rebecca | velvet opus

    Oh, gosh. I have so many feelings to unpack about this! ----------------------- 21/2/21 - oh hey would you look at the date! ANYWAY, I came here to say that I don't think a re-read has ever disappointed me as much as re-reading this did and like my other problems I'm gonna pretend it never happened and I can't remember it, ok. Me: I have so many feelings to unpack! Also, me: what if I don't unpack them though? ------------------------ Book 1, The Named: ★★★☆☆ Book 2, The Dark: ★★☆☆☆ Book 3, The Key: Oh, gosh. I have so many feelings to unpack about this! ----------------------- 21/2/21 - oh hey would you look at the date! ANYWAY, I came here to say that I don't think a re-read has ever disappointed me as much as re-reading this did and like my other problems I'm gonna pretend it never happened and I can't remember it, ok. Me: I have so many feelings to unpack! Also, me: what if I don't unpack them though? ------------------------ Book 1, The Named: ★★★☆☆ Book 2, The Dark: ★★☆☆☆ Book 3, The Key: ★★☆☆☆ Book 4, (wait.. there's a book 4??): Oh hell no!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So I finished this book in a total of two days I’m addicted with The Guardian of Time Trilogy and I was really sad because we didn’t read about Ethan’s perspective but in the first book we did;I just missed him so much from the second book the dark.But our main povs are Arkarian and Isabel.Lets discuss the plot shall we? So this is the second book to the named,and it follows when Arkarian is abducted to the Underworld by the goddess of chaos and she is truly evil as all hell.Guess what? Marduke So I finished this book in a total of two days I’m addicted with The Guardian of Time Trilogy and I was really sad because we didn’t read about Ethan’s perspective but in the first book we did;I just missed him so much from the second book the dark.But our main povs are Arkarian and Isabel.Lets discuss the plot shall we? So this is the second book to the named,and it follows when Arkarian is abducted to the Underworld by the goddess of chaos and she is truly evil as all hell.Guess what? Marduke returns and he did die in the end of the first book and is back again hahahaha,okay I thought that Ethan and Isabel were going to end up together and fall in love but in general she’s been in love with him since she was a kid;I really wanted them to date but well this got kinda complicated........................well for starters Arkarian loves Isabel and it’s really adorble and I hate Gabe to say please just go read this book it’s truly amazing filled with loads of awesome characters,and I loved Matt more in this book than the first;I totally recommend to anybody I mean ANYBODY!!!!!! So that was my review I hope you have beautiful afternoon have a great day! :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joannne

    as good as the first one, loved every minute of it, couldn't put it down as good as the first one, loved every minute of it, couldn't put it down

  7. 5 out of 5

    Saimi Korhonen

    "They will pay dearly for this. They will pay with blood, with fear, and with many lives." The Dark, the second book in The Guardians of Time -trilogy (yes I know there's a fourth book but we don't talk about that in this house) continues the stories of Ethan Roberts, Isabel and Matt Becket, Arkarian and every other guardian of time and history. It's been a year since the finale of the first book, and the world is slowly starting to become more dangerous as the war between the Chaos and the Gua "They will pay dearly for this. They will pay with blood, with fear, and with many lives." The Dark, the second book in The Guardians of Time -trilogy (yes I know there's a fourth book but we don't talk about that in this house) continues the stories of Ethan Roberts, Isabel and Matt Becket, Arkarian and every other guardian of time and history. It's been a year since the finale of the first book, and the world is slowly starting to become more dangerous as the war between the Chaos and the Guard becomes more and more heated. The Dark is my least favorite of the trilogy (cause I'm not a super huge fan of Arkarian who is the other POV character in this book) but I do still love it a whole lot. I love how Curley expands her world-building and develops her characters and their relationships. Matt, who is my favorite character, has a much larger role in this than he did in the first book, which makes me happy. I also really enjoy the character of Rochelle, so it's also nice that she has a much bigger role as well, and to see glimpses of her struggles with trust and belonging that the third book is really gonna dive into. The romance aspect of the book doesn't really interest me but the friendships are golden and beautiful - the trio of Ethan, Matt and Isabel means everything to me. And Ethan and Isabel as a duo really are, to me, the beating heart of this trilogy. Love me some strong platonic friendships between girls and boys. Can't wait to begin re-reading the final book, The Key, which is my favorite!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I liked the Dark, I don't have anything bad to say about it, but I don't really have anything spectacular to say either. The plot kept moving and the characters developed well. I liked that this book centered on Arkarian because he's the best to be honest. The Dark was a fun read, so that was a plus. Isabelle/Arkarian: I approve and I liked the way Lorian gave his approval in the end of the book (it might be a little much though? I dunno) Matt: He's extra-special now? Cool I guess. Rochelle: Still I liked the Dark, I don't have anything bad to say about it, but I don't really have anything spectacular to say either. The plot kept moving and the characters developed well. I liked that this book centered on Arkarian because he's the best to be honest. The Dark was a fun read, so that was a plus. Isabelle/Arkarian: I approve and I liked the way Lorian gave his approval in the end of the book (it might be a little much though? I dunno) Matt: He's extra-special now? Cool I guess. Rochelle: Still not sure if I actually like her, but I'm trying... Marduke: Liked his character development in this book. 10/10. It added to his overall creep factor which I didn't even know was possible because I thought he was already really creepy... Favorite Quote: "Well, that was enlightening." Ethan p. 218 Nothing about The Dark really stood out for me and it took a little to get into it, but I like the characters so even though I've got this eh feeling about it I'll read the next one because the first two were good.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Doni

    Saw that my (at the time) favorite *trilogy from the early 2000s had a fourth book release in 2018! This discovery sparked my decision to re-read the books. 13 year-old me loved this series, but as an adult it was a little rough.... I think the most annoying thing that comes from the second and third novel is when a character over-explains a concept that you already know from the first book as if you are just now learning about them. Though improved from the first book, it still reads like a tee Saw that my (at the time) favorite *trilogy from the early 2000s had a fourth book release in 2018! This discovery sparked my decision to re-read the books. 13 year-old me loved this series, but as an adult it was a little rough.... I think the most annoying thing that comes from the second and third novel is when a character over-explains a concept that you already know from the first book as if you are just now learning about them. Though improved from the first book, it still reads like a teen written fan fiction with occasional awkward dialogue and anti-climatic action sequences. Dillon might be a small character, but he can sure annoy the hell out of you and Matt is still frustrating. Overall, it’s good for it’s age group, but is not something you can pick up for nostalgia sake.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I am enjoying this series and I'm ready to read book three. It has got me interested to see what will happen next for these characters. I like that these books are fairly quick reads, and I gave it a four because I do see how the characters are growing but sometimes it feels like important things are skipped in the story. I know time has gone by between the first and second book, but the sudden soul mate love between two of the main characters doesn't seem to have progressed in the story. It is I am enjoying this series and I'm ready to read book three. It has got me interested to see what will happen next for these characters. I like that these books are fairly quick reads, and I gave it a four because I do see how the characters are growing but sometimes it feels like important things are skipped in the story. I know time has gone by between the first and second book, but the sudden soul mate love between two of the main characters doesn't seem to have progressed in the story. It is just kind of behind the scenes until suddenly they are in love and ready to die for each other. But it is an enjoyable read and I will pick up the third story. It has a fun concept and I like the history that is involved in the books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I did really like this book but I really missed seeing the story from Ethan's perspective. Arkarian is cool and all but he was cooler when I couldn't see inside his head and maintained that air of mystery. Also the whole love story between Arkarian and Isabel seemed a little forced. I know they're "soul mates" or whatever but it was like suddenly Isabel was head over heals for Arkarian after just being in love with Ethan in the last book. Anywho Arkarian's inner thoughts about Isabel also took a I did really like this book but I really missed seeing the story from Ethan's perspective. Arkarian is cool and all but he was cooler when I couldn't see inside his head and maintained that air of mystery. Also the whole love story between Arkarian and Isabel seemed a little forced. I know they're "soul mates" or whatever but it was like suddenly Isabel was head over heals for Arkarian after just being in love with Ethan in the last book. Anywho Arkarian's inner thoughts about Isabel also took away from his mysteriousness. He's just too normal now and not as cool as he was in the last book which makes me sad. Needless to say I will definitely read the last book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    I hate when you reread a book and it’s garbage. I remember having fantasy adventures over this trilogy as a teen but now that I’m revisiting it, it’s just not good. The writing feels juvenile and the plot is all over the place with magic systems barely in place. The characters just do stuff and don’t ever have any real feelings or motivations other than very basic reasoning.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    This book reminds me why I always loved reading so much.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I haven't read book one, so wasn't too sure if I would get into this book or not. Writing style is first person and present tense, not read many books like this before. Normally the first person books I have read seem more past tense as if telling a story of what has happened, rather than what is happening. Took a little time to warm to this style of writing, and even once I finished I was still a bit unsure if it's something I would get used too. The book starts out with the Goddess of Chaos, bu I haven't read book one, so wasn't too sure if I would get into this book or not. Writing style is first person and present tense, not read many books like this before. Normally the first person books I have read seem more past tense as if telling a story of what has happened, rather than what is happening. Took a little time to warm to this style of writing, and even once I finished I was still a bit unsure if it's something I would get used too. The book starts out with the Goddess of Chaos, building the story to come. Then you meet some of the Named Guardians of Time.. saying that if you read book 1 you probably would know who the Goddess of Chaos is and the Guardians of Time, but I never so hey ho.. off we go. There is plenty of ups and downs, a little love interest thrown in, teen angst, betrayal, death, fighting using magic, travelling through time, history, etc. etc. Even though I never read book 1 it was easy to pick up the story, get to know the characters a little, as well as figure out some of the betrayal, and elements of the story from book 1. Overall I enjoyed reading this book. It was worth reading, and I would like to know what happens next.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Flossmoor Public Library (IL)

    This is one of my all-time favorite juvenile/young adult series because it has many genes – action, adventure, time travel, fantasy, history, a little romance – all wrapped into one well-crafted, imaginative plot. This is a MUST read for almost any reader, because of its broad diversity. Ethan is a normal, modern-day boy when he’s awake, but when he sleeps his powers awaken as a Guardian of the Named. The Named are a secret organization whose purpose is to preserve and protect history as we know This is one of my all-time favorite juvenile/young adult series because it has many genes – action, adventure, time travel, fantasy, history, a little romance – all wrapped into one well-crafted, imaginative plot. This is a MUST read for almost any reader, because of its broad diversity. Ethan is a normal, modern-day boy when he’s awake, but when he sleeps his powers awaken as a Guardian of the Named. The Named are a secret organization whose purpose is to preserve and protect history as we know it from the Order of Chaos. The Order travels back in time to try and change key moments in history so that evil can prevail, which would cause a negative upheaval in the world today. The Named follow them in time to stop the Order from changing history. There are many intriguing plot twists and unforgettable characters that Ethan meets along the way. - Miss Emily

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (Luna)

    This is more like a 3.5* The second installment in The Guardians of Time series was a lot more enjoyable than the first part, so I am glad that I kept going with the series. The Dark follows our heroes into a dark otherworld to rescue on of their own to try and regain balance and keep The Order at bay. It kind of goes to plan... As with the first book there were a number of "plot twists" that I was able to work out before they were revealed so the shock factor was missing for me. Still, this was This is more like a 3.5* The second installment in The Guardians of Time series was a lot more enjoyable than the first part, so I am glad that I kept going with the series. The Dark follows our heroes into a dark otherworld to rescue on of their own to try and regain balance and keep The Order at bay. It kind of goes to plan... As with the first book there were a number of "plot twists" that I was able to work out before they were revealed so the shock factor was missing for me. Still, this was an ok read and I will read the third (and at the moment final installment, though I hear a fourth is being written) book just to see how it all ends.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pao Yang

    There is a girl name Isabel and she would do anything to save Arkarian who was kidnap by the order of chaos and they were determined to destroy everything about Arkarian exsitances in the world and Isabel along with Matt and Ethan work together to do whatever they can to save him. I really like this book because it Has a very interning setting and plot to it that makes me want to read the book to find what happen in the end, a very thrilling book that make you ask yourself what happen to it when There is a girl name Isabel and she would do anything to save Arkarian who was kidnap by the order of chaos and they were determined to destroy everything about Arkarian exsitances in the world and Isabel along with Matt and Ethan work together to do whatever they can to save him. I really like this book because it Has a very interning setting and plot to it that makes me want to read the book to find what happen in the end, a very thrilling book that make you ask yourself what happen to it when you have to stop reading it and having that kind of feeling while reading a book is very fun and a good way to enjoy by book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anniina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really loved this book, and I think it's even better than the first one. There were a few things that I guessed way before they came up in the book, like who Arkarian's dad is and that Dillon is part of the Order of Chaos. Normally I think that it would have bothered me that the story is so predictable, but this book was so captivating that I didn't really mind at all. I really loved this book, and I think it's even better than the first one. There were a few things that I guessed way before they came up in the book, like who Arkarian's dad is and that Dillon is part of the Order of Chaos. Normally I think that it would have bothered me that the story is so predictable, but this book was so captivating that I didn't really mind at all.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Gave book 2 a chance. It was as bad as the first. Some of these characters are so irritating I wanted to reach through and snack them. How is the rating for these so high? She clearly has no training as a writer.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Devon Albert

    I love how much more this installment dives into the characters, especially my favorite, Rochelle. The journey throughout the mountain remains one of the most suspenseful things I’ve ever read. Definitely a fav.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lapalme

    Just as intense and as engaging as the first. The stakes are higher and every page adds to the escalating conflict! Excellent continuation of the story! I can’t wait to see what book 3 has in store for the members of the Guard!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lizbé Smit

    Again kept me captivated till the end. This would definitely be a film series I would watch. The descriptions of the characters are so well "illustrated" that I felt like I was watching a film at times. Again kept me captivated till the end. This would definitely be a film series I would watch. The descriptions of the characters are so well "illustrated" that I felt like I was watching a film at times.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is good, probably my least favorite of the triliogy but definitely a page turner.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deyla

    I am speechless. This book was freaking amazing! I loved this book so much! I'm so glad I got to meet Marianne! I am speechless. This book was freaking amazing! I loved this book so much! I'm so glad I got to meet Marianne!

  25. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    the writing is so much worse than i remember it being the first time i read it

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    A good second book. I had forgotten a lot of the story, so it was fun to reread this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    meg

    not good

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Hunter

    Re-reading this felt like a nice warm hug.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Another brilliant book in the series

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann Salmon

    Another exciting book and the ending couldn't have been more perfect. I hope this turns into a series or a film I would really enjoy it. Another exciting book and the ending couldn't have been more perfect. I hope this turns into a series or a film I would really enjoy it.

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