Just look at that cover! I kept hearing the Twitter buzz that is usually seen from my Tweeps on books to read. I saw this one and thought I was too chicken sh*t to read it. I sent a tweet to the author saying as much and he simply said 'You'll be fine'. I had been reading his blog with growing interest. He has a way with words and one blog in particular I read to my son. A Zen type of writing, on occasion some witty and out right funny posts. Nothing apart from a small hint on his profile bio would lead you to believe that he could create a story so dark and so cruel. I put on my big girl pants and
Enter The Dark Man - he is truly that, a dark, cruel remnant of a man called Vain. An assassin who shows no mercy simply because he has none. Some of the things he does will leave you quivering if you can picture it while reading. He doesn't care about anyone or anything. His past made him what he is a killer like no other.
Enter Priest - Vain is given the task which he accepts begrudgingly to save a boy whose life would save the world.
Enter boy - Sebastian an innocent whose life gives the world hope and whose death gives Evil reign.
Enter The Four - Is it good versus evil? Evil versus evil? Evil with a conscious versus evil? Perhaps you will figure it out. The Four spring forth from the pits of hell and are hell bent (couldn't resist using those words) on getting Sebastian and raising their Master.
Can Vain save the boy? His own tormented and dark soul? Was it wrong to choose him? He travels a path that will either lead to complete and eternal darkness or hope for the future of mankind.
I can't tell you how many times sounds of anger, shock and torment was made while reading this book. Always on my commute to either the distress or enjoyment of fellow passengers.
Vain managed to take my emotions and rip it in half. I never knew when I felt angry, sympathetic or shocked the most. It seemed each chapter was well prepared to bring up each emotion at will. Luke Romyn did not just create a story, he created multifaceted characters that will leave you invigorated...exhausted...in awe. Truly he must have dipped a sword in ink to write this.
I can't remember a time I read a book and was truly saddened to get close to the end, knowing there would be no more pages once I got there.
You will turn each page and travel to places you never thought of, hell alone will make you sweat while reading and you will be left as exhausted as those fighting their war.
I can't recommend this read enough! Truly it has opened my palette to yet another genre.
Get Your Read On and get this book!
Don't take my word for it.....check out these reviews:
Bitten by Books - http://www.bittenbybooks.com/15659/the-dark-path-by-luke-romyn/#more-15659
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6780666-the-dark-path#other_reviews
Barnes & Noble Customers - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-path-luke-romyn/1102625034
I'm not big on rating with numbers, but as someone pointed out...sometimes that's what people look at first. So no stars, I heart this book...
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