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When Darkness begins – Blog Tour

Why I chose this?

This is one of those times where Rachel from Rachels Random Resources sent out the email and I liked the sound of the synopsis.

What it’s about

If you could change time to save your first love—even if it meant turning your back on the universe—would you?

It is time for the Vechey youth to earn their place as time-guardians. The near-immortal Vechey protect the universe from the devastating Manipulators—devourers of souls, mindless seekers of chaos. First, the youth must survive a mysterious and deadly ritual created by the all-powerful clan leader Eterili. Having regenerated thousands of times with the birth of each universe, Eterili is taking this one as hers and bending all in it to her grand designs.

Catha’s time-slipping skills are underdeveloped. She is time-blind—unable to see through time, unable to protect herself from the ritual. The Vechey shun her for being different. Her parents ignore her as if she were already dead.

Aithagg loves Catha unconditionally and will do anything to save her. He tries desperately to unlock the ritual’s mysteries and find a way to help Catha survive with him. Or will saving Catha enable the Manipulators to destroy the universe?

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Author Bio

Tina O’Hailey is a professor in animation and game programming, caver and occasional mapper of grim, wet, twisty caves (if she owes a friend a favour or loses a bet), whose passion is to be secluded on a mountain and to write whilst surrounded by small, furry dogs and hot coffee. Tina was once struck by lightning.

She has served as an artistic trainer for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks and Electronic Arts. Any movie credit she has is minimal and usually found in the special thanks section. The meagre credits do not account for the great honour it was to teach talented artists who worked on numerous feature films and games.

She has authored animation textbooks “Rig it Right” and “Hybrid Animation” published by Focal Press and the Darkness Universe novels “Absolute Darkness” and “When Darkness Begins” published by Black Rose Writing.


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What I thought

First, I just want to say thank you to Tina O’Hailey, Black Rose Writing and Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for my advance copy of the novel.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and she seems to have a different style to what I’ve become used to. That being said it, is not in a bad way. Tina O’Hailey has created an enormous world and various timelines which we visit through the different characters. It did confuse me a little at first with the time changes but the more you read the more you understand. However, it does come with a guide at the beginning which tells you about the various times. I was worried about this going into it because as I mention the more you read the more it becomes clear.

Because there are various timelines there are also varying points of view, but you are made aware of who’s are who’s and what timeline they are on. I like how they all linked together.

I enjoyed my travels through time while reading this and the ending was amazing. This is a very well written book with fabulous descriptions of the different things throughout the different time periods/freezes.

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