14 May 2015

Book Review: Darkest Light, Alex Taylor

Darkest Light

Title: Darkest Light
Author: Alex Taylor
Published: January 2015, Xlibiris UK
Pages: 255
Source: Goodreads Group Read
Format: Ebook

Rating: DNF (at page 80)
"The weather is stormy, and the room is dark and cold. Michael dreams about a woman in the comfort of his bed, missing her warm against his naked body. he ponders, wondering what he can do to change his lifestyle and crummy house. He hates his job and his daily routine. This isn't just any morning, though. Michael is about to embark on a journey that will change his perspective of life. Darkest Light is a fantasy and a romance, full of mystical creatures, magical scenes and a beautiful alternative world, which will set your imagination loose."

I really wanted to like Darkest Light but I just didn't get it. Although it is set in an alternative universe, which I usually find really interesting, I just found Darkest Light quite boring. Probably because I didn't really see the plot going anywhere and the main character was alone. I also felt it was quite slow going.

I didn't even find Michael particularly interesting and it seemed to me like he just settled as he was and didn't make much effort. I also found Michael's narration quite frustrating - if I read "the creature" once I read it a thousand times. When Michael was on his own so I felt that he was repeating himself a bit even though the descriptions were beautiful.

I'm disappointed I couldn't finish Darkest Light and I do hope that others will like it more than I did. I'm not sure who I would recommend it too though. I also doubt that I will read Alex Taylor again as he is apparently working on a sequel.

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