A Wicked Kind of Dark

A Wicked Kind of Dark

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Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, whom he loved and lost. As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic ... A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 16mm | 318g
  • English
  • Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 1922200069
  • 9781922200068
  • 812,184

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52 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
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4 13% (7)
3 19% (10)
2 6% (3)
1 8% (4)

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I truly loved this book, the characters and locations. I thought that Jonathan's fantasy world linked so well with the real world. This is a book I would recommend for teenagers and adults who would like to walk down memory lane to when they read this type of book - step back in time. I think there is some thing is it for everyone. I was born in Scotland and have been to London and it was great to connect will all the places mentioned. It kept my interest right to the end and still wondering what will happen to Robert. Write faster Jonathan, awaiting the next installment. JRshow more
by Jennifer Reilly
A really good story. I loved the relationship between the fantasy world and the real world. The Sparkling Man is a great character. The best thing about this book are the beautiful descriptions, which make the fantasy world seem so real.show more
by BradleyG
It starts with a phone call, mysterious graffiti and a name. Luthien. Robert Duncan can’t remember six months of his life after his parents died in a tragic house fire. One day he gets a phone call from a woman screaming at him to help Luthien before it’s too late – the only problem is that Robert has never heard the name beforeâ€Â¦ or maybe he has. Robert sees a painting of a beautiful flame-haired girl and knows instinctively that it’s her. The girl he’s supposed to save – his Luthien. With the help of Dennis and Arthur – former alcoholics who have been shown the way by The Sparkling Man - Robert starts to question the Winter of No Content, as he calls his half-year period of amnesia. Who is Luthien to him and why is Robert the only one who can save her? Conceptually I loved this book. There’s a lot of mystery mixed in with a great dose of fantasy. The ideas of the twin souls and distant realms to be travelled to through the power of the mind are incredible. The world of Minaea and the creatures who inhabit it are interesting and remind me of other fantasy kingdoms I’ve read before – in a good way. I liked the adventure Robert went on and how the plot developed as the story went on. I enjoyed Benton’s use of language to paint the scene. I adored his use of colour at the start of chapter one. Where this book falls down for me is whilst I liked the ideas, I found it fell down a little in terms of execution. There were many times when I found myself slightly confused as to exactly who certain characters were. I also think that Robert felt a little old – his ability to instantly believe the impossible felt more appropriate for the young boy he had been prior the Winter of No Content rather than the young man on the verge of adulthood that he is in present day. That aside – this is a great read. A Wicked Kind of Dark is an interesting read with fantasy elements that also touches on social issues like homelessness and alcoholism. A great debut for author Jonathan K Benton, this first book of the Minaea Chronicles offers fantasy lovers an exciting read with fantastic ideas.show more
by Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
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
From my first connection with the Sparkling Man in the bowels of London to Luthien's 'Toot Frakyl' on the final page, the fantasy of Minaea and the wonderful characters, in particular, Allaria, Dennis and the demon, Jakal, hooked me completely. Descriptive writing at its best, evoking powerful images - of Castleton, of Castle Skara, and of the soup kitchen and society's downcast but not down-trodden in this instance. There is always a lovely sense of hope. Can't wait for the next book in the series, Jonathan.show more
by Christina P
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