Hi everyone and welcome to my tour stop for That Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost hosted through TBR and Beyond Tours. I’m excited to share my full spoiler-free review as part of my stop.
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About the BookThat Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost
on October 19, 2021
By night, the Ankou is a legendary, permanently young mercenary. By day, a witch's curse leaves him no more than bones. Caught in an unending cycle of death and resurrection, the Ankou wants only to find the death that has been prophesied for him, especially once he begins to rot while he's still alive....
After the kingdom of Kaer-Ise is sacked, Flora, loyal handmaiden to the princess, is assaulted and left for dead. As the sole survivor of the massacre, Flora wants desperately to find the princess she served. When the Ankou agrees to help her find the princess, and to train her in exchange for her help in breaking his curse, she accepts. But how can she kill an immortal? Especially one whom she is slowly growing to understand—and maybe even to love?
Together, they will solve mysteries, battle monsters, break curses, and race not only against time, but against fate itself.
TW: Off the page rage, PTSD, some gore
About the Author
Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghosts and rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing is completely as it seems.
She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem “Small Town Witches.”
Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 in print and audio formats.
She is obsessed with the Romantic Poets and can be identified by the enormous tattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston.
As someone who adored Pentecost’s debut Elysium Girls, I was stoked to be able to read her sophomore novel That Dark Infinity early. I was provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not reflect that of the publisher or author.
Once upon a time there was a boy, a boy who was cursed to never die. To spend the day as a pile of bones and the night in unchanging youth. He wandered the earth for hundreds of years hunting monsters and seeking a way to break his curse. Then he meets a princess’s maid, half dead in the surf, and this big known in legend as the Ankou saves her because loneliness and desperation have softened him. Together they will seek to break the cycle and maybe fall in love in the process.
Flora was an intriguing heroine and gave me serious Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses) and Harper (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) vibes in all the best ways. While I was reading I could not help but imagine Damon from The Vampire Diaries, which I was completely okay with. The story is told in their alternating POVs as they travel together, first to track down Flora’s people and then to help the Ankou who calls himself Lazarus- rather cheekily I might add.
So much of this book felt like a classic Grimm fairytale, saturated with longing, magic and monsters. Lush and atmospheric it’s the perfect book for Fall. I found the character development and world building to be utter perfection.
In sum, That Dark Infinity is a dark, seductive fantasy brimming with curses, trauma and plenty of creatures. Gorgeously packaged, the plot and characters beckon the reader into a world of shadows and mystery.
Overall, I gave this one 5🌟 and would recommend it for those who loved similar dark fantasy books like Strange Grace by Tessa Bratton and The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco.
What About You?
Have you read That Dark Infinity? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!