Book Review: Darkness Rising by Ross M. Kitson
Author’s summary: Wild magic comes at a cost… that of the mind.
Emelia dreams of escape from her life of servitude. She dreams of magical powers; she dreams of dark things. When tragedy awakens the sorcery within her she embarks upon an epic journey in the company of two charming thieves.
In the Dead City an ancient evil awakens. The Lord of the Ghasts covets a magical Prism, the clues to which lie with Emelia. And when he begins to share her dreams, surely it is only a matter of time until she succumbs to his power?
According to the author, Darkness Rising is a part of a series, and this first book was offered free on Kindle a while back, which is how I ended up with it.
The book cover for Darkness Rising is beautiful. That shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is for me. I sometimes pass over books because the book cover is so dull and uninviting that I don’t feel compelled to check out what’s inside.
Kitson does a great job with developing the characters in the book, and they have personalities like people you may know in everyday life.
There were minimal spelling, grammar and punctuation issues, which is something I notice because of my editor’s eyes.
I was a bit disappointed with how Darkness Rising ended. The ending didn’t make me want to pay for the next book in the series.
This is really not one of those books that is best read on an eBook device or smartphone app.
There is an extensive reference at the beginning of the book that you really need to be able to go back and look at throughout the reading of the book. If you don’t, you’ll be quite lost since this is a fantasy world with many made-up characters and places. I actually liked the fact that the book did offer the extensive reference, even though I had a hard time getting to it through no fault of the author. The difficulty came from reading the book on my Kindle.
I’m not going to know what happened to Emelia, Hunor and Jem, because there just wasn’t enough at the end of the book to draw me into the next one, but others may be compelled to keep reading. Like I said before, the ending of the first book made me lose interest in the whole story. The spell of the fantasy world was too abruptly broken.