Book & Author Details:
Dark Lands: The Forgotten by Lyn I. Kelly
Publication date: 19th September 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary
In the final volume of Lyn I. Kelly’s Dark Lands series, a confluence of tragedies has unsteadied the Dark Lands, tilting it mercilessly in the Dark Man’s favor. As he begins his march to destroy Glorian and claim the living world for his own, a desperate plan is unleashed to try and still the Dark Man’s reign.
Webb Thompson and a select few Glorians ride out for the haunting Passage of Oradour, intent in bringing this plan to fruition, while Kane, Raven, Caleb, and the remaining Glorians engage in a harrowing battle with the Dark Man’s forces.
Time, the most enigmatic of all elements in the Dark Lands, is waning, and the ultimate battle for the living world is in play.
Through the most traumatic of moments, one will rise, one will fall, and the Dark Lands will never again be the same.
I’m torn in my review of this book, because there were bits that I enjoyed, and bits that I didn’t. Let’s get the bits I didn’t out of the way shall we?
OK. For me, this concluding volume felt a little bit preachy in places. Not, I hasten to add, throughout the narrative, but just in parts. And that was a little bit jarring against the story arc. I also found the ending to be … convenient in how it drew some of the final threads together, and a teeny bit irritating with the bits that weren’t explained.
What I loved about this story was the sense of threat that was pervasive throughout the tale, ramping up to the final battle. And there was a lot of emotion in this one too – genuine tear jerker moments.
Overall, this was a decent conclusion to the series.
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.