Monday, 5 August 2013

Black City (Black City #1) by Elizabeth Richards

Black City (Black City, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Black City (Black City, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Ash is a half-blood – half darkling vampire, and half human. He lives with his father who is a preacher, and his seriously ill darkling mother is hidden in their basement (which is against the law).
16-year-old Natalie is the daughter of the city’s Emissary, and she hates Darklings after one tortured and killed her father.

In Black city humans live on one side of a wall, and the Darklings on the other. While the emissary battles to do worse things to the Darklings, another group fight to stop segregation. Darklings feed on human or synthetic blood though, so the humans feel safer away from the Darklings, even if this means locking them up in a very small place with little nourishment.

When Ash and Natalie meet, something strange begins to happen between them, and slowly they realise that they like each other.
Can an Emissary’s daughter and a half-blood Darkling really have a relationship though? What will happen in the war between the humans and the Darklings? And what will happen if Ash and Natalie get caught?

This was an interesting vampire/dystopian/romance mix, and I liked the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ storyline.

I felt sorry for both Natalie and Ash in this story. Natalie was forced to follow her mother’s rules, while Ash was forced to deal drugs just to keep the bills paid. Neither of them had much of an attraction to each other in the beginning, and things developed between them gradually. I liked the romance in this book though, and I liked the little touches with regards to the Darklings and their hearts. It was sad that Natalie and Ash were not allowed to be together though, and that people were killed by crucifixion if they sympathised or had a relationship with a Darkling.

I did find the world building a lot to take in at times. There were so many different rules, and types of darkling and history to try and remember that it all seemed a bit much, but thankfully this didn’t seem to be 100% necessary to remember, as I don’t recall that much of it, but I made it through the book fine!
I did like the Romeo and Juliet storyline in this book, and there was even a balcony scene! I wasn’t such a fan of the fighting and political aspects of the storyline, but it all fit in quite well together.
I was a bit worried at the end that there wasn’t going to be a happy ending after a really rocky moment, but everything worked out in the end, I’m guessing that there will be a lot more of the war stuff in the next book though, as that part of the storyline was left very open.
Overall; an interesting vampire/dystopian/romance mix.
7.25 out of 10.


  1. Thanks for the review. I really enjoyed the slow romance and found this to be a little different vampire story, which I liked.

  2. I almost always get this book then chicken out. If you liked it then I know it's great. I am all over it now.

  3. I like gradual romance. I think the "love at first sight" thing is a bit too rubbish too easily.