What Is Dark Within Me: L. B. Black *Review*

Cover image of What Is Dark Within Me by L. B. Black is in the centre of an image of dark moody skies. Added text: Aleja's determined to find her missing friend, but the devil is in the details...

Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Gothic Fantasy | Release Date: 15 November 2023 | Series: Our Lady of Fire | Series Book: #1 | Pages: 333 | Indie Author | Review

“Let them burn. Let them all burn.”

L. B. Black


A massive thank you goes to Book Sirens and indie author L. B. Black for letting me read an ARC of What Is Dark Within Me! This glorious dark fantasy is full of gothic tones, devastating secrets and a romance for the ages. Want to hear more? Of course you do! So let’s give you an overview, shall we?

Alejandra is a witch who is determined to find her missing friend, Violet. But as the days pass with no new clues, Aleja’s desperation makes her do the unthinkable. She lights the black candle and summons the Knowing One. When the Prince of Lies and Shadows agrees to give Aleja more power in her efforts to locate Violet, the price is steep: he will take the heart of the next person who falls in love with her. As Aleja works to untangle truths from lies, can she trust the Knowing One to share his secrets? What happens when this turns into something bigger than Aleja could ever have imagined? Will Aleja and her new ally survive the destiny unfolding before them?

Cover image of What Is Dark Within Me by L. B. Black is to the bottom left of an image of dark skies and smoke. Added text: Aleja has made a pact with the Knowing One, as she searches for Violet... But what secret is the Prince of Lies & Shadows hiding?
Where do I sign up for more of this gothic fantasy romance?!

Happiness Boost:

What Is Dark Within Me packs *so* much within its pages! Although there’s vibes of Laura Thalassa’s The Bargainer and even some ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas, this dark fantasy takes us on such a unique and perilous journey. Black highlights the strength of a friendship forged between two lost souls, and how secrets have a way of twisting the heart once they’re revealed. With this enemies to lovers tale throwing so many surprises the reader’s way, it’s honestly full of non-stop adventure!

Can we talk about how a dark fantasy romance is even *better* with a sprinkle of comedy? I hadn’t expected it, but Garm quickly became a favourite of mine! And truthfully, when there’s so much darkness in the world, we need a bit of light. This is such a beautiful example of found family and I badly want more. I know, I know… What Is Dark Within Me hasn’t even released yet. But it’s okay to be greedy for more of an amazing series, right?!

Within this dark fantasy, we dive deep into the consequences of making a pact with the devil, as well as how everlasting love can be the downfall of everything. And can we talk about the monsters?! They are so creepy and I *love* it! Their power is terrifying, and Aleja’s desperation to fight with everything she possesses is such an inspiration. Her gritty loyalty, her never say die attitude… There’s no better feeling than reading about an FMC like her!


NONE. Seriously, go get your copy right now!

Final Thoughts:

What Is Dark Within Me by indie author L. B. Black is a gothic dark fantasy romance full of witches, secrets and monsters… So what more could you ask for?! I want more. Just quietly, I actually want everything! This enticing novel has given me so much more than I could ever have asked for; in fact, I’m here to tell you I’ll be racing to get the rest of this series as soon as it comes out! Love what you’ve heard from my review? Just click on the link below to pre-order yourself a copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can pre-order a copy of What Is Dark Within Me via this link: Amazon

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