The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay

Urban Fantasy Book Club

The Better Part of Darkness Book Club Questions

  1. What do you think of the first person narration?
  2. What do you think of Charlie?
  3. What do you think of Hank her partner?
  4. One of the first scenes is Charlie finding her daughter’s friend and babysitter unresponsive in the school bathroom? What did you think of the scene?
  5. What do you think of Emma, Charlie’s 11 year old daughter? How does the existence of a child make this different from many of the books we read?
  6. What do you think of the introduction of this urban fantasy world?
  7. What do you think of Charlie’s sister, Bryn?
  8. Why do you think that the author staged Charlie’s death and resurrection before the beginning of the first book?
  9. Does it sometimes feel like you fell into the middle of a series in this, the first book?
  10. What do you think of an urban fantasy based on parallel planes of existence, Elysia and Charbydon?
  11. What do you think of the otherworlders who are called goblins, imps, sirens, etc. rather than vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters?
  12. What do you think of Charlie’s first fight scene against the jinn when she kills two barehanded?
  13. What do you think of Charlie’s ex-husband, Will?
  14. When you read ex-husband, did you expect him to beg her to come back to him?
  15. What do you think of black crafting as an addiction like drugs? Does it remind you of Willow’s addiction to magic?
  16. What do you think of the Bath House? Does Charlie’s discomfort make sense? 
  17. Do you sometimes find the politics in this book a little distracting from the story?
  18. What do you think of Titus Mott?
  19. What do you think of Charlie’s twin, Connor dying because she blocked him out? How does that guilt shape her character?
  20. Does this book have first book syndrome of too much information which will be important later?
  21. Does it feel like Charlie gets beat up a lot?
  22. Would you want DNA from Elysia and Charbydon to save your life?
  23. Do you understand why this freaked Charlie out?
  24. Did you expect Will to sell his soul to get Charlie back and then die really fast?
  25. What do you think of Rex, the Reverent who got Will’s body?
  26. How does Emma being kidnaped change the book?
  27. Does it feel like all the good guys get hurt badly like Hank having his voice blocked and Bryn being dosed with Ash?
  28. Would you possibly sacrifice the world to save your child?
  29. Would you want a hellhound as a pet?
  30. After going completely renegade to save her child did you expect Charlie to be kicked into a special unit?
  31. What do you think of Charlie helping to cause Atlanta to be dark?
  32. What do you think of the ending?

Created by Michelle Haring


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