Book & Author Details:
Dark Lands: Requiem by Lyn I. Kelly
Publication date: 10th September 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary
Webb Thompson awakes, disoriented and fearful. He sees green grass and a black, boiling sky spread out before him. He finds his little sister nearby, unconscious. When he reaches her side, Sundown is alive. But now they have other problems: where are they, how did they get there, and what is that growling noise? Webb and Sundown have awakened in the Dark Lands-a world between life and death where sacred souls battle malevolent evil for control of the living realm, a battle of which mere mortals know nothing. How did Webb and Sundown come to this place? Are they living? Are they dead? Or are they something else?
I need to preface this review with an apology. I have sat on this book for longer than I intended to, and for that I apologise.
So to the book.
Well, you are thrown into the action right from the first page. And the confusion felt by the characters translates well from the page to the reader.
The story continues strongly, and although I found Webb to be frustrating as a character, I anticipate that this may have been the expected response to a well observed depiction of the predicted reaction of a typical teen.
I think that this book falls squarely within the young adult target audience, if not slightly younger.
Alhough short, this is a promising debut, and just about squeaks into the 4* arena.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Lyn I. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. Writing since the age of eleven, he has been published in Diamond Comics, Newsweek and more. When he’s not writing or spending time with his wife and four children, he is also a marathoner. Kelly resides in Keller, Texas. Dark Lands: Requiem is his first novel.