Review – Darkness Deceiving by Jen Pretty

Title Darkness Deceiving (Origins of Morgana Le Fay #2)

Author Jen Pretty

Description from Amazon

Some things are better forgotten…
       …but darkness has deceived Morgana long enough.

The life she thought she lived, was all a lie. Merlin changed everything in a heartbeat but now her memories are scattered to the wind. A new life awaits her and Merlin if only she can remember a past that was taken from her for a very dark reason.
Will the past haunt her future?

Or will she fight the hands of fate and realize her future is within her control?

Initial Thoughts

I received the first book in this series from NetGalley and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a really interesting story about a villain that I didn’t know much about.

Some Things I Liked

  • History. Once again, I enjoyed the role that the Romans and Saxons played in this story. Traditionally, I think of King Arthur’s story as myth, and not really grounded in history. So, I really liked to see those elements used in this version.
  • Dual timelines. I also really liked that element of the story.
  • Merlin’s role. I liked young Merlin in this story. I thought that was also an interesting take on the classic character. He is usually depicted as much older but I liked his age for this story. It felt right.

One Thing I Didn’t Like

  • I found myself quite frustrated with Morgana at times. She made such bad decisions and they often led her to more problems. I guess I just want her to get it together and to stop screwing up.

Series Value

I’d definitely continue with this series. The stories are relatively short and they have an interesting plot line.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. I read it all in one sitting and I will continue with the series. This is different than any other King Arthur retelling I have read and I am interested to see more about Morgana’s story.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle – if you enjoy retelling of the legend of King Arthur, definitely give this series a try. Also, the Morgan / Morgana character has a really interesting story.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – if you enjoy a likable villain, check out this series. The Darkling is one of my all time favorite villains.
  • The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – if you like unconventional King Arthur retellings, give this new release a try.

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