I wish to thank the author for providing me a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.
Where to start? Mr. Graves takes the reader from regular everyday life to a parallel fae realm. We’re not talking unicorns and butterflies, but of tunnels, murder, fighting, trolls, manchildren, evil and a fantastical way of travel which reminded me a bit of Stargate’s wormholes. All of this wrapped neatly in a novella that promises to be the beginning of something way more.
I was intrigued by the story but found myself faltering and losing interest early on with the verbiage used in the writing. I applaud the author in increasing my vocabulary and allowing me to also become well educated with my ereader’s dictionary, but I feel that it really needs to be toned down. If I had not been committed to reading this book, due to the review, I most likely would have put this book aside and may never have come back to it. As the story goes along the author switches out of that style but then implements many fantasy labels, terms and names that had my head swimming trying to remember what was what. That's what took me so long in ready this.
The story itself is quite interesting and woven in a way that by the end of the novella, you are frustrated by such a cliffhanger of epic proportions. Oh why did he have to end there? I know the author is planning on expanding in a full length continuation but I’m ready NOW for it. The characters have now been pretty much catalogued on who they are, why they are and what they were that my brain has it all wrapped up and is ready to focus on the story at hand.
I recommend this to anyone who likes a good fantasy novel. There is just a touch, and I mean a touch, of romance but the dark fantasy realm will have serious fantasy readers ripping through this novella like there’s no tomorrow.