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The Darkening of Deacon (Tree of Life Series, Book #1) by [Daniels, Elita]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 979 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PL & EF Daniels (22 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004477YCM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,366,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story begins not with the main character of this tale, Deacon, but rather with the people and the betrayal that would guide the journey occupying the bulk of this book. Though initially a bit disappointed at the brevity of the first adventure, I was quickly placated by the realization that it was only the backdrop to a more involved production.

Daniels proves herself as one with a good understanding of human nature. Her characterizations are consistent, even with the transformations and maturation of personalities. Deacon himself displays aspects of the Byronic hero, a man whose inner darkness drives a self-destructive attitude towards those who surround him. We are slowly drawn into his inner turmoil, and while much of this is elicited through his scenes with Magenta, the interest gave purpose to the otherwise overly-romantic sections. With that being said, there were still moments when I wanted to knock him upside the head for being so slow to make up his mind.

Many of the names, as well as the fantasy realm itself, seem to draw heavily from Tolkein. The similarity of elven attributes was difficult to ignore, and while this facilitated the process of picturing an ethereal race, it took away from the mysticism of it all as my mind started drawing parallels between Tree of Life and Lord of the Rings. Fortunately, the creativity of the plot, as well as the well-paced storyline, maintained my interest in the reading at hand. Daniels displays a firm understanding of "show, not tell," as she introduces the reader to concepts and characters without giving excessive background information. We learn the details as we would in real life -- through conversation, action, and events.

For the most part, the text flowed quite readily.
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I saw this book being promoted on Facebook and Twitter. So I decided to give it a try. I stepped outside my normal genre and stepped into a Fantasy land, following the roller-coaster ride that Deacon finds himself on. A totally enjoyable read.

Well worth trying this talented author, looking forward now to reading more of her work.
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