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Darkest Before Dawn: Book 2 of The Chronicle of Benjamin Knight

Darkest Before Dawn: Book 2 of The Chronicle of Benjamin Knight [Kindle Edition]

Robert Jackson-Lawrence
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They were too late.

Despite everything that they'd sacrificed, everyone that they'd lost, they were still too late to stop the army from the north.

Now, outnumbered and out gunned, the survivors from the Road Trains fight back against the force that has occupied their homeland, but Alexander seems to be one step ahead of them at every turn.

If it's always darkest just before the dawn, what happens if the sun never rises?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1651 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RJL Books; 1.0 edition (6 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EN4IWK4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A fan of writing since he could first hold a crayon, R Jackson-Lawrence has had a tortuous path before reaching this point in his life. In between working in a supermarket, care home and hospital, and having a family, it took nearly twenty years for his first book to be finished.

He now has three of the Benjamin Knight novels published, as well as his series for younger readers - Pups! (The adventures of a third grade werewolf).

His next novel will be a science fiction adventure with elements of Arthurian Legend - X-Calibur: The Return

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit teenage. 27 Jun 2014
By Targle
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the title says it all really.
it's an okay read, but the characters are a bit flat. New characters are generally one dimensional.
the setting is interesting, but the story (whilst being novel) is simplistic and unrealistic. it does offer some unexpected twists, but you can see them coming; in a kind of "oh, ha, yeah I know what your going to do next" kind of a way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work, Big Fan 21 May 2014
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I got my copy of this book and continued where I left off with the first story... absolutely hooked! The second installment provides a gripping story which leaves you pandering for more! Definitely worth a read after the first book, I'm about to purchase the third 'New Light'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is 100% EPIC 14 May 2014
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I'm 10, I love the last dragon choronicles, and I love this book especially! Most people around my age would love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action and a super evil bad guy 26 Oct 2013
By I Feel the Need, the Need to Read - Published on
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I had had a little trouble with the first book, Knightfall, the first time around. So when R. Jackson-Lawrence read my review, he offered me the latest and greatest edition of Knightfall as well as the second book, Darkest Before Dawn. The second book picks right up where the first one left off. Ben and the group have made it back to Maleton, but they were too late to save anyone or to stop the Regent from starting his war and taking over. Now, the group must find a way to fight him and his soldiers without letting anyone know that they have returned. They are hiding out and trying to keep tabs on what is happening at the same time. Ben feels like he is responsible for the group not making it in time because of stopping off at the laboratory. He's not sure how to make amends or to convey his sympathy. The Regent is becoming bolder and more confident in his role in the city and will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if he has to kill anyone that is in his way.

Ben has become more involved with this group of people that have become his friends and even kind of his family of sorts. He isn't as hellbent on getting home in this second book and has become more driven to help take the Regent down. He even has a complicated sort of relationship with Safran, the daughter of the Baron of Maleton. There is a lot happening in this book and at times it seems like it is too much, but all of it seems necessary. R. Jackson-Lawrence also touches on some paranormal type things in this book that I hope is discussed more in the next book. There is yet another cliffhanger at the end of this book so I must wait for the next book to be released in order to find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian Dark Fantasy! 24 Sep 2013
By Dii - Published on
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Plan some undisturbed reading time for Darkest Before Dawn by R. Jackson-Lawrence! Book two in the Chronicle of Benjamin Knight picks up after book one's "hanging on the edge" ending with ease and speed! Treachery, lies and deceit are still afoot as Alexander plans to take over as the strongest ruler in the land. Meanwhile, the resistance is in hiding, but are they planning their next move or frozen by the overwhelming task before them? How do they gain followers when the masses are either too afraid to stand against Alexander or too readily believe his lies. Time is running out and the only avenue left may be to trust in the land's most powerful and feared mob leader. Matthew and his small band must re-group, gain support and unmask the lies and murders committed or commanded by Alexander. But there is an ace up their sleeve, if only the people would listen, see and believe-and she is ready to show herself.

Again, R. Jackson-Lawrence makes future times seem like medieval days, electricity and technology are like legendary myths, bits and pieces of modern day conveniences crop up in the otherwise technologically devoid lands where feudal rules seem to apply. The emotion runs high, tempers flare, long time bonds are stretched thin, while new ones are tenuously forged between unlikely characters. Families are torn apart, and heroes die.

With each page, R. Jackson-Lawrence had me spellbound in the bleak world he has created, the sense of danger was almost its own entity, the human flaws of indecision were evident as the stakes grew exponentially. These characters felt real, their pain was vivid, the horrors of life felt real. Yet, under it all, the strength and commitment to a just cause was there. If you are a fan of intrigue and love watching the heroes fight an uphill battle against all odds, in a tale rich in detail, full of twists and unexpected events in a dystopian fantasy world of epic proportions, try this series. This author knows how to write and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to review this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkest Before Dawn is a fantastic sequel! 11 Oct 2013
By Thomas R. Manning - Published on
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Darkest Before Dawn is the second book in Robert Jackson-Lawrence's The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight series, and Robert grows and evolves as an author just as much as his characters do within the book. Darkest Before Dawn was fantastic. With so many characters, some old and some new, one might think that their branching story lines may cause the book to be too cluttered. That's not an issue at all here. Not only could I easily follow each characters journey, I also enjoyed reading about every one of them. Robert makes you care for his characters. Whether it's the protagonists or antagonists, you want to know what happens to them and whether they'll succeed or fail.

Robert really did a great job with his second novel. I enjoyed every minute of it and I can't wait to read the next book in the Benjamin Knight series!
4.0 out of 5 stars More greatness! 21 Aug 2013
By Bryan Miller - Published on
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This second book in the "Ben Knight" trilogy did not disappoint. It kept up the dynamic tension and enjoyable plot development started in Book I. Lawrence does a really great job developing some of the characters (Carl, Matthew, Matthew's sister). Dialogue is his strong suit, and he makes very good use of it.

The book will appeal to people who enjoyed Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Road, and other works that describe man-against-man and man-against-environment conflict.

By the way, Robert, my favorite character remains Carl, followed closely by Alexander.

For those who haven't read either book, Alexander is an evil character you just love to hate (and yet, you sympathize with him, at times). It takes skill to draw that sort of character.

Well done, AGAIN, Robert!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dawning of Action and Adventure 11 Nov 2013
By The Review Board - Published on
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This review is being posted on behalf of Mr. Controversy from The Review Board. The extended review can be found here: [...]

Like a true megalomaniac (a la Megatron from "The Transformers"), Alexander picked his points; planning, plotting, and strategizing for ten long years his ultimate revenge against the Baron who practically tossed him out of his sight and life like a sack of years old garbage. Unfortunately, his father died, and Alexander sets his sights on the next best thing: his brother Baron Stephen, and his niece Lady Safran.

To be honest, I personally feel for Alexander and in some ways I can relate to him. Ask yourselves this question:

Was there a moment in your life where you wanted to connect even more with those who conceived you, only to be cast aside and shunned; not given a second glance and/or thought by those who conceived you?

Not all of us were on that boat, yet those who were know EXACTLY what I am talking about. In a sense, you cannot help but feel sympathy for Alexander. At the same time, we know full well that there are other ways of doing things without doing what Alexander has done in this story.

Let's not forget Benjamin Knight who is trying to get back to his World, and helping as best he can with his troupe of friends who are trying to rectify the wrongs that are going on. They all are hoping to give Alexander the what-for, expose him for who and what he truly is, and save countless lives from the proverbial madman.

Like its big brother "Knightfall," "Darkest Before Dawn" does not disappoint. There is plenty of Action, Adventure, Comedy, and "WTF?!!" moments.

Seeing that Mr. Jackson-Lawrence is from across the pond in the United Kingdom, the spelling of certain words is very much noticeable from the United States spelling to which we are accustomed. I personally love it, for it tickles my fancy.

Extra eyes to tighten up grammar and deliver a much smoother story are a good thing to have by one's side.

For my long novel enthusiasts, this is one you certainly want to pick up, for as long as you pick up "Knightfall" so that you are not lost and confused in the story line.

If you like Action/Adventure and Thriller seekers, this is the book for you. Again, pick up "Knightfall for the aforementioned reason in the last paragraph.

Robert Jackson-Lawrence certainly knows how to write a fascinating and intriguing story that will keep the reader interested in what will happen next to his well-written cast of characters. "Darkest Before Dawn" is indeed a page turner, giving the reader something to be excited about as they follow the characters on their journeys.
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