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.