Status: Complete, Word Count: 277,800, Pairing: Harry Potter/Daphne Greengrass, Michael Corner/OC, Genre: Adventure/Romance
Author’s Summary: Harry Potter, Godson of Sirius Black has always been destined to fight the Rising Darkness. But when his name emerges from the Goblet of Fire despite his insistence that he hadn’t entered, a mystery shrouded in death appears. With the Dark Mark erupting in the Sky, and a looming danger slithering in the shadows, will Harry and his friends be able to stop it all before it’s too late?
My Thoughts: Once again, despite having a ridiculously capital E EDGY summary, The Rising Darkness is really good! The first big thing to note is that the characters are no longer hard to read! This book focuses its main character arcs on Daphne Greengrass and Michael Corner, and I really, really enjoy both of them. Speaking of Michael Corner, his characterization in this fic is amazing! I absolutely adore what AuthorK did with his character, and his friendship with Harry is incredibly charming. Daphne’s arc is the more emotionally resonant of the two, and I think it’s handled quite well. Finally, there are several interesting Original Characters who are introduced in this fic, and the most interesting of them is probably Fleur’s Veela friend named Claire Belmont. She gets a small character arc in this one as well, and it’s quite cool. I’m a big fan of interesting original characters, and it seems like AuthorK is fairly good at creating them. While Harry is less present in this story than he was in the last one, his story focuses on the complex dance of mistrust and manipulation going on between him and Dumbledore, and while I normally strongly object to the manipulative Dumbledore trope, not only is it written very well here, Dumbledore’s also not nearly as cartoonishly evil as he is in stories such as Daft Morons, S&S, Junior Inquisitor or Harry Crow, and for that I’ll be eternally grateful. The Rising Darkness is an excellent follow up to The Hero’s Return that improves on its predecessor in almost every way that matters. It’s an excellent read, and I highly recommend giving it a shot!