Darker Still is told thorugh the diary of Natalie Stewart, a mute seventeen year old girl in late 19th century New York City. Natalie's uncertain future becomes derailed when she comes face to face with a mesmerizing painting and its cursed subject, Lord Denbury.
I liked that this novel is told in the form of diary entries, it gives the readers more intimate potrayl of the Natalie and makes her seem more real.
The plot of this novel is inspired by Dorian Gray, but Heiber has created a truly originally story
I liked the relationship between Natalie and Denbury, it was very storybook-like, and while borders on the verge of insta-love it has a lot more substance.
Unlike a lot of the other Victorian-era novels I've read I think Heiber had a good grasp of the dialect, that flowed well within the story
I did find the plot of this novel to have a lot of tell not show, ecspeially when it came so explaing the dark "Magic Most Foul" the explanation felt a little rushed to me.
It seemed like the I was being convinced about the plot and the logic behind how Natalie was supposed to save the day and why Denbury is traupped in the painting.After a while I just went with it for the sake of the book. I mean it IS magic so what do I know right ?
This novel will be at home with fans of A Great and Terrible Beauty, there is a lot of magic and darkness and mysticism but it's mostly just talked about and pieced together. It features a whirlwind romance but with a heroine who holds her own. While I will certainly be checking out Hieber's other other novels Daker Still left me wanting a little bit more.