The Dark Divine

From the Series The Dark Divine

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood—but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held. The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude’s high school. Despite promising Jude she’ll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel’s shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes. The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy’s dark secret…and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 384
Publication Date 2009-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.3
Reading Counts! Points 20.0
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF045000, YAF051060, YAF052050
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 700
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 135744
Accelerated Reader® Points 12.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed


  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Winner, 2010


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Grace’s narration rings true with a simple eloquence, and her retellings of events past provide a believable motive for her connection to Daniel and her obsession with the truth….The final scene in which Jude and Daniel finally have it out is as heart-pounding as any action scene and the bittersweet conclusion is satisfying and uncontrived.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“Despain raises complex issues of responsibility and forgiveness and offers no easy answers. Atmospheric and compelling, Despain’s first novel will be popular, and a sequel eagerly anticipated.” —Booklist

Author: Bree Despain

Bree Despain is the author of The Dark Divine trilogy and the Into the Dark trilogy. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and two sons. Visit her online at