Midwest Book Review
"Original and exceptional, "A Darker Magic This Way Comes" is a consistently compelling read from beginning to end and reveals author Carmel Niland to be a master of the action/adventure fantasy genre. An absolute 'must read' for dedicated fantasy fans, "A Darker Magic This Way Comes" is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition for community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "A Darker Magic This Way Comes" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.00)."
Portland Book Review
"...the history mixed up with the fantasy will be enjoyable to any reader who likes Arthurian legend and general fantasy."
"One of the pleasures of A Darker Magic This Way Comes is that it rests
firmly on the trappings of legend, but takes events in an unpredictable and
new direction. Under Carmel Niland's hand, the old, familiar characters and
processes of Arthurian times crash into a modern world's dilemmas and
pursuits, with underlying questions about motivations, influences, and two
teens' evolving powers driving a plot that rests on a compelling
juxtaposition of their very different worlds."
"I'd recommend it for high fantasy lovers and those who want to read something new and in it's own league."
Linda Morris, Sun Herald
"Niland's version of Merlin is most unlike the white bearded, pointy-hatted wizard of popular cinematic culture. Her Merlin is handsome and tall, with a Roman nose and black shoulder-length hair. He is a child prodigy and polymath, also trained in shape-shifting, complex enchantments and combat with the Darker Arts."