Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Review: A book that blends science and magic seamlessly and has a gut puncher for an ending.
I loved the premise of this book and The Darkness balances magic and science perfectly. I had this quote in the back of my head while reading this book: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic - Arthur C. Clarke. It took me a little to get used to the switching first and third person perspectives. The first person was told from Artemisia's view and the third person involved Inanna. At first I thought that the scientist and Artemisia were different because Artemisia focuses on how she is an alchemist and a jeweler. I had a tendency to want to think of Inanna as evil due to her dealings with dark magic, but I couldn't manage to think of her that way for long.
This book does a very good job of painting everything in shades of grey, especially with Adam. He is incredibly powerful and does some terrible things, but he is just a child. Despite his physical age, mentally he acts like a young, spoiled child. You want to hate, but you just can't. This book did lose some steam in the middle of the book although it was still a good read. The ending was utterly unexpected and had me exclaiming in shock and surprise. I loved this book and can't wait to read the second.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy and science fiction.