Book & Author Details:
Dark Lands: Requiem by Lyn I. Kelly
Publication date: 31st May 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary
The betrayal at the Requiem has passed, but the foreboding presence of the Dark Man still exists. While whispers of a new threat roll across the Dark Lands, Webb Thompson is plagued by a recurring nightmare that warns of a looming evil powerful enough to transform not just his life, but also that of his sister, Sundown, and her counselor, Raven. After the Dark Man initiates a move that destabilizes the shaky balance of good and evil in the Dark Lands, Webb realizes the only resolution may lie within a shadowy region known to few and traversed by even less. But does the cryptic Not-Where hide the source of tribulation or is it a place to release more insidious forces? As the paths of Webb, Sundown, and Raven surreptitiously intertwine, they realize too late that despite their caution and steadfastness, destiny cannot be tempered as new evils are unleashed, secrets are revealed, and a vast army rises. Now only time will tell if they can stop the Dark Man from escaping his otherworldly prison. . .
Continuing where Requiem left off, the reader is once again unapologetically in the thick of things.
One of the strengths here is the fact that the majority of the world building is done and the author is left to concentrate more on the character relationships. So we learn more about Raven and how she is entwined in Webb and Sundown’s lives.
Revelations about other characters too, which may make their behaviour more understandable.
Webb remains one of the most frustrating characters I have read in a long time. And whilst this character trait feeds the plot narrative, it is a little tiring at times.
Nevertheless, a decent second volume in this story.
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.