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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
Dark Genesis is a speculative fiction novel by A.D. Koboah and the first book in the Darkling Trilogy. It starts off in present day New York, but soon stretches all the way back to the early 19th century, to the life of a beautiful slave woman named Luna. Her mother is a witch who was taken from Africa at fifteen, but she is unable to awaken Luna's own latent powers as mother and daughter were separated when Luna was little. Warned by her contact with the spirits, she tells Luna not to visit an abandoned chapel in between their two properties, but wallowing in the depths of despair from all the abuse she has suffered, Luna visits the chapel and there she meets Avery, a vampire. Genteel and genuinely kind, Avery's presence soon begins to heal the wounds in Luna's soul. Love blossoms between these two unlikely creatures, but in a world where one human can own another there are many forces conspiring to tear them apart.
Dark Genesis by A.D. Koboah is the first in a series and is an intriguing entry to the world of speculative and paranormal fiction. It reads like a lighter Octavia E. Butler as Koboah's book isn't as complex or weighty as Butler's, but it still does enough to capture the reader's interest. Since it deals with the horrors of slavery, there are some passages that might be difficult to read but none of it is gratuitous and only serves to add to the backdrop of the story. The love between Avery and Luna is interesting and since Dark Genesis reads like a prologue, I would want to know what happens next in their unlikely romance.