The Darkness Dwellers
By Kirsten Miller
Publication date: Jan. 22, 2013
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 416 pages
First they ventured deep under New York to save the city itself. Then things got personal as the Irregulars ventured into a haunted mansion in Chinatown to uncover an evil twin. Now, in the third installment of bestselling author Kirsten Miller’s Kiki Strike series, this delightful group of delinquent geniuses jump feet first into a fast-paced international pursuit, going underground in Paris to pursue a pair of treacherous royals who have killed Kiki’s parents. With a dash of romance, a fresh take on good manners, and loads of butt-kicking bravery, Kiki, Betty, Ananka and the other Irregulars sharpen their amazing skills in this highly anticipated new adventure.
— Goodreads.com description
I’ve mentioned the Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller a few times in passing, but I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve dedicated an entire post to this series. FOR SHAME!
I read the first two books in this series Inside the Shadow City and The Empress’s Tomb something like five or six years ago and absolutely adored them, so I’m super pumped say the third book, The Darkness Dwellers is out now and it’s just as good at the first two!
This series is about a group of adventurous girls with their own talents — the princess in hiding, the brain, the master of disguise, the hacker, the inventory and so on — discovering the hidden underground world of New York City and beyond. Strong ladies! Secret tunnels! Hilarious costumes! Fighting bad guys! Oh glory these books remind me of everything I daydreamed about as a kid.
Sure, they skew slightly younger (middle schoolers would probably love these), but you know I don’t read middle grade and I LOVE them, so take that as you will. Basically if you were the type of child who was into Nancy Drew or Harriet the Spy, you’re going to be into this. And fans of Ally Carter’s Heist Society books will just love it too!
I’m a bit sad that this might be the last book in the series, mostly because I want to follow the girls as they get to around sweet 16 age (and get boyfriends!), but my fingers are crossed for more down the line.