Ayla Nightshade never wanted to be the heir of Darkhaven as her half-brother Myrren was meant to rule but because he does not have the ability to shift, she is forced to take his place. Things are bad for Ayla when a shifter attacks a priestess and she is imprisoned as a suspect, but thing get worse when on the night Myrran frees her, their father is murdered by the same creature and Ayla is now a traitor. With the help of disgraced soldier, Tomas, Ayla is determined to prove her innocence, discover the shifters identity and find out the secret her father is hiding but will they solve the murder in time.
Darkhaven is a really enjoyable which has fantasy and steampunk elements to it and different POV. It is fast paced, dark, full of twists and surprises and interesting characters. The idea of the shifters and the different forms they can be.
Ayla is a likeable character who is looked down on from almost everyone but is willing to stand her ground, however she did act like a damsel in distress a lot of the time. I also liked Myrren as he loves his sister and believes in her but also has a sense duty and honour. Tomas Caraway is a brave person who is looking for redemption and I think he is my favourite character in this book.
This is a really good book and I am looking forward to reading more from this author and hopefully another book in this world. I would recommend Darkhaven to fans of Nihal by Licia Troisi and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson.