As a fast reader with an insatiable appetite for fiction, I am always on the lookout for up and coming authors whose work I can follow. After reading Jonathan K Benton's debut novel, "A Wicked Kind of Dark", I have a new favourite author to add to my list!
What I truly love about this book is how relatable the characters and locations are. Many fantasy writers seem to make their worlds so far removed from our own that I find it impossible to connect with them.
Although the main character Robert is only 18 years old, I found that I could easily relate to him as a 30 year old woman. His sense of loneliness, vulnerability and feeling cut off from times in his life where he was truly happy are something that everybody can understand, young or old.
The juxtaposition in the book between the gritty urban landscape of London and the magical world of Minea not only kept my interest high as I was reading, but also highlighted the differences to me between the two worlds. As a native Londoner now living in Australia, I was extremely impressed by Benton's description of the sights, sounds and smells of my home city.
I also felt that Benton is telling his readers not to let go of the way that they saw the world when they were young. Many of us, myself included, become disillusioned with life and forget the people that we thought we would become as adults. As we see Robert's journey unfold, the author is reminding us all that it is important to remember how magical the world looked to us as children.
Overall, 5 stars from me. I can't wait to read whatever Jonathan K Benton has planned for his readers in the future!show more
by Vicky Nelson