- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 982 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Publisher: Max Power Books; 1 edition (30 Jun. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004DL0PMU
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 82 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #443,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I picked up this book, well, the kindle, to be more precise, and began to read with gusto. Now, I'd never read anything by Max Power, let alone read many by any other indie authors so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The start of the book really sets the mood and for me and it only gets better the further into the secrets that Darkly Wood itself holds at its heart. Our heroine comes in the form of Daisy May Coppertop who proves to be quite the adversary to the all powerful "Woody" in an utterly masterful depiction pieced together in a series of masterfully written macabre tales.
For me, Patrick (Max) Power's style as he created this story was nothing short of being reminiscent of that I remember listening to as a boy sat watching Alfred Hitchcock. Each and every story has its own merits without being combined as they are, in doing so, what has been created is, without a doubt, one of the most enthralling reads I have read in quite awhile. I am not ashamed to admit, such was his ability to create realism in this story, there were a couple of occasions when I actually felt the shiver run through me and that, in any book, takes some doing.
This book, this author, is testament to the quality that relatively unknown writers can produce and I have no doubt that in the future, this is one author that a lot more people will be fortunate enough to discover. He has certainly gained another fan in me, justifiably so. You will notice that throughout this review, I have resisted the urge to relate the story and plot, this is because you should read it for yourself, based on the reviews you see and the curiosity that I do hope they create inside you.
Well done Patrick (Max) Power, I could rate this no less than five stars.
Daisy May Coppertop, the feisty main protagonist, is the perfect foil to the evil of the forest and her tale will keep you glued to the pages. She, in turn, is reading about the villagers who ventured into Darkly Wood and her interest is piqued – and you’ll have to read the book to find out more.
This book is beautifully and lyrically written, if you love prose and poetic writing this book is definitely for you. At first I worried I would be turned off by the length and intricacy of Power’s text, but it enthralled me, gave amazing visuals, and kept me enchanted by the individual stories as well as Daisy May’s narrative. Several times I thought I knew where the book was going, but each time a new twist took me in a new direction, just like Darkly Wood does itself…
This is a long book, with a lot of exposition, but the beauty of its expression and constant twists and turns kept me captivated, and as soon as I’d finished Darkly Wood I bought its follow up and began reading on. I didn’t want this tale to stop and was quite happy lost in its dark malevolence. I want to know what happens next!
We are introduced to the horror, mystery and creepiness of Darkly Wood by Miss Daisy Coppertop, when she reads a book of tales about the going-ons within in trees. The story within stories, follows Daisy and her friend, Benjamin, who enter the woods. As they face increasing danger and battle to escape the horrors they, you the reader, experience their love, terror, fear, heartache and numerous other emotions that have your spine tingling at times.
Little nuggets of information, surprises, curiosity and the flawless narrative of the author keeps the reader gripped until the end.
Definitely a book I would highly recommend.
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As I got further and deeper into Darkly Wood, I found myself unable and unwilling to leave.
From the very first page, this story draws you in with an allure akin to Poe or Hitchcock. The writing has an old-world storytelling quality that fits so well with its eerie narrative. I loved each and every one of the characters and each one of the individual tales taken from the book within a book, some of which would work as stand alone short stories, but gain and give strength as part of the larger framing story.
By around half way through I was desperate to find out the truth at the heart of Darkly Wood, and it tortured me again and again, beckoning me closer, with ever greater promise while the darkness crept in from all sides.
(This is not only figurative) *I wanted to finish this book so bad that I let a throat infection go for a few days too long and slipped into a fever. The twisted fever dreams that resulted, were inspired by the tales from Darkly Wood and after a few terrifying days I was begging my doctor for antibiotics.*
Once my own terrifying ordeal was over, I returned to the book and consumed the rest in a single sitting. The author has a great voice (my internal narrator transformed into Christopher Lee for all of the introductory portions) and a fantastic ability to create simultaneous dread and intrigue. The description of 'woody' is one that will stick in my mind for a long time, whether I want it to or not.
If you love eerie, creepy old school scares then you'll love this book, it easily earns my five stars.
I really highly recommend it, if you buy this book, you won't go wrong. I loved it!!!
Waiting for more.
I'm still baffled at the expert weaving of the legends of Darkly Wood mingled with the actual happenings of the main character Daisy May Coppertop. The reader is engulfed with Daisy and sharing in her experience of the eerie wood, only we know more than she does about the dark place. So you feel yourself screaming at her in your head to do this or not do that. In an Edgar Allen Poe style, this dark tale and mystery leaves you eagerly turning the pages, or in my case, swiping the pages on my Kindle. I love a book that can keep me up reading late into the night, and Darkly Wood did just that. I did not want it to end, yet anxious to find out what happens. Expert storytelling at its finest.
This is not an average horror story. This is a richly textured story that defies conventions and breaks boundaries. The heroine fights back against unspeakable odds. The antagonist is more than a relentless killing machine. We don't get all the answers. Even at the end of the story there's still some mystery and that mystery allows the story to keep its magic intact. Darkly Wood will mess with your head, you'll find yourself on the edge - hoping everything works out but dreading that it won't, and in the end you'll find you've read a great story. It will take you places, even if they're places you don't want to go, and drop you in the thick of it. This is where horror stories should go; less about the monsters and more about the characters. And when the characters fight the monsters - oh, yeah, that's good stuff right there.
No spoilers here, but don't expect all the mysteries to be neatly answered. This book is far more complex than that. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning the pages desperate to read on. A real masterpiece, highly recommended.
To give the reader a glimpse of what’s to come, the author begins by narrating in the style of traditional storytelling, letting you imagine sitting curled up in a chair while he paints the scene. Then we get to worm our way into the characters’ heads, to see the sad and frightening circumstances that force them to take that final, fateful step into an ever-hungry thicket, where the end is never good. Woven through this telling of grisly deaths and unexplained disappearances is the story of Daisy May and Benjamin, their feelings for one another blooming in the wake of terror, and a strange book that just might hold the key to unlocking the sinister mystery of what lives and preys in Darkly Wood.
I have a passion for layered stories that let me experience edge-of-the seat fear while making me puzzle through a mystery. Darkly Wood does just that, adding in the gamut of emotions that come with a first love—doubt riding on the heels of conviction, the sweet innocence of a first kiss, the exhilaration of butterflies in the stomach brought on with a simple touch or look.
To keep the mystery alive, the author leaves you wondering at the end if Daisy May and Benjamin’s journey happened only through the peculiar mental link they share. As for the ominous depths of Darkly Wood, well, I believe that somewhere, there is such a forest, “a place as old as memory and for as long as those that could remember, there were tales of woe attached to its wild tangle of trees . . .”
Awesome read! I highly recommend!
Darkly Wood starts out giving snippets of information in the form of folklore and legends. The forest is simply accepted as a dark place that has always existed and always will. People die there, stay away…is the simplistic attitude of the locals. Then, enter Daisy May and her mysterious book. At first the reader is left to wonder…is this going to be just another tragedy in a long line of mysterious deaths and disappearances. As Daisy May is drawn into the forest, she enters a world of discovery. Some good, some bad. Before the tale is over she will experience her first love, confusion, helplessness, desperation and pure terror as she faces the monster who resides there. I’m going to stop now because to say more would give away too much of the plot and storyline.
Darkly Wood has it all…love, heartache, terror, compassion, callousness and apathy, pain and sorrow and a healthy dose of mystery and fear. Just when you think you have it all figured out…prepare yourself for a surprise. The plot flows smoothly and the characters are relatable. If you are in the mood for something different, a little sinister and something entertaining…pick up a copy of Darkly Wood.
The concept behind the book is a series of stories that center around a foreboding forest in an out of the way corner of England. Naturally, it harbors a dark and deadly secret. Soon, a narrative following a single protagonist appears, and this ongoing continues to be interspersed with vignettes that are unrelated, except for the fact that the character each one focuses on wishes that they hadn’t been selected for that purpose before its end.
Power brings a pleasant story teller’s voice to the narrative that evokes the past as easily as the present. He has a surprising ability to continue to come up with stories revolving around the wood that all share the same overall trajectory, but which continue to interest in the details, in part because they’re short and well paced. While some are inevitably stronger than others, none come across as filler intended more to keep the premise alive than to continue to please.
Part of the intrigue of the book is that the narrative floats easily upon the back of time, moving effortlessly somewhere between the past and the present as it weaves the stories together, often not in a chronological fashion. That’s appropriate, because time is only passingly relevant in Darkly Wood, and the lines between the living and the dead, the killer and the killed, are often ephemeral and irrelevant.
Darkly Wood is a good read for any age, assuming your young adults don’t identify so closely with credible characters that they come back uninvited to visit in nightmares. It’s fast and fun, and the way the author pulls things together in the end will leave you pleased and impressed.
The book is full of mystery. The main story is about a teenage girl who gets lost in Darkly Wood, a place where many people died or disappeared in the most obscure ways. Whenever she finds an answer to some of the old enigmas, another riddle pops out, always somewhat darker and more urgent than the previous ones that she had just solved.
The story (including many small sub-stories) is a strong and suspenseful one. It shows how even love can be helpless sometimes.
Yet what I find most remarkable about this book is the author’s unique writing style. When I read his tales of various peculiar people from Cranby, a village by Darkly Wood, I felt as if I had known these people personally, as if they had been my neighbors. Max Power presented the whole atmosphere of the small town in a very convincing and entertaining way. When I read the descriptions of the woodland, not only could I picture everything vividly, but I also could not help but admire the way the author put his thoughts on paper. Yet the lyrical expressions were simple at the same time and never distracted me from the story.
It is very difficult to explain what I mean by saying that the author has a compelling voice. All I should do instead is perhaps ask you to read the free sample. You will feel drawn to the book, just as Daisy May felt drawn to Darkly Wood.
The story evolves around a book, tales about Darkly Woods. There’s an ominous portend to the stories that ring real to a newcomer to the nearby village. As the love story unfolds so do the frightening times, horribly scary, reminiscent of Poe. Without retelling the story, suffice it to say that I enjoyed this well-crafted story.
Teenage heroine, Daisy Mae Coppertop is distraught and not at all happy about having to move to Cranby with her mother. She quickly discovers, though, that Cranby is not the boring small town that she thought it was. She finds her first love in Cranby. She also finds herself living in complete terror as well.
Daisy Mae’s story begins when she picks up a book in her new home that intrigues her, Tales of Darkly Wood by J. S. Toner. This book is a collection of stories about the people who had gone missing after entering the enchanted Darkly Wood, the very same forest that she can see from her bedroom window.
Daisy Mae sincerely hoped, as she chased after a child who was too young to be in a forest alone, that the horror stories of Darkly Wood were just myths because she was about to find out it if they were true or not.
Darkly wood is a fascinating, imaginative and fast-paced fantasy novel. It is a brilliant read, and one that you won’t be able to put down. If you love a book with a lot of twists, then Darkly Wood is the novel for you. I highly recommend it.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Darkly Wood. Well, that's not exactly true--I had heard a lot of good things, so to be honest I was a bit afraid going in. It was so built up already in my mind, what if I didn't like it?
As it turned out, I loved it.
Mr. Power's narration style is a little old school, but it works so well with this book. The atmosphere is dark, rather sinister, and saturated with suspense--perfect for a novel surrounding the enigmatic and quite often terrifying Darkly Wood, which has taken the lives of more than a handful of the village of Cranby's residents.
The book, especially toward the beginning, alternates between the main plot of our young heroine, Daisy May Coppertop, and other tales about Darkly Wood. Power does an expert job keeping you engaged and entertained in each story while still maintaining the suspense. I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen to Daisy and where her story was headed.
Daisy May Coppertop--I also love that name, and the book was filled with excellent names. Benjamin Blood. Ignatius (Iggy) Pipe. Woody. (As a random aside, Woody often reminded me of Gollum from LoTR. Not exactly in appearance, but just that idea of a ragged, wicked, rather pathetic being caught somewhere in between human and beast.) The character with the most presence, though, might just be Darkly Wood itself.
There are some typos in the book, but nothing that detracts from the story. This is definitely one of those books that gets under your skin and will stay with you for days afterwards.