Ms. Renard-Scholes has created a dystopian society that is both dark and compelling. The alien Nevian race has invaded the earth and forced the humans to live under their rule as little more than slaves. The story is centered upon Karra, a poor human who has been possessed by an evil entity. As she desperately tries to keep her child safe, she is used by both the demon and her brother, Jem.
This is a complex story with many interwoven threads as Karra goes on the run after killing a Nevian. She begins to appreciate another, higher-ranking Nevian after he places her under his protection yet she still doesn't trust him. Slowly she begins to realize the voice inside her head belongs to a demon and that her brother doesn't have her well-being at heart.
As I understand it, this is the first part of an ongoing series and while there is an ending to Her Darkest Beauty there are questions left unanswered.
If you like dark sci-fi, you will enjoy Ms. Renard-Scholes novels.