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A Wicked Kind of Dark Paperback – September 3, 2013
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About the Author
Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.
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Top Customer Reviews
We have a parallel fae world and a hero and a heroine who travel between that fantastical world and a pretty gritty version of our world. The two are fated to be a couple, and after a bout of amnesia our hero realizes he needs to return to the fae world to save his love and to save both worlds from an evil force. As I said, pretty conventional.
But, there is a reason why these sorts of tales are so popular and it seems to me that the more compelling question is whether the author has crafted an engaging tale onto these old bones. With some reservations, the answer for me was "Yes".
More so than is usually the case the story focuses on the realities of our world and tries to put the urb in urban noir. This isn't "Train Watching", but it does make a sincere effort to move beyond just the fun fantasy world.
On the YA romance front, once we get to swoony or dreamy or even just expressions of hotness I start losing interest. This romance seems more, well, romantic, and has the feel of a legendary medieval coupling. (When Aragorn tells the tale of Beren and Luthien, (note our heroine's name), in "Lord of the Rings", he omits any reference to Beren's studliness or Luthien's hot bod. Their love is a given and fated. Same thing here.)
This isn't a big actioner in a swordplay sense. But there is power and might displayed in Minaea, and the powers of good and evil go in for fantastic and magical shock and awe. Again that's O.K. by me because I don't need long chapters that read like the invasion of Normandy with halberds.Read more ›
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!
The book is very well written and flows well. It is full of fantasy, magic and mystery that keeps you guessing till the very end. If you love paranormal creatures and mythical planes, then you will really enjoy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Wicked Kind of Dark is about a guy that has amnesia whose recollection for the last 6 months has been vague, and believes he's suppose to save beautiful flame-haired girl. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Linda Giorgio
Really enjoyed this book. Great escapism. Looking forward to the future volumes.Published 20 months ago by Karen Kaden
I loved the mix of fantasy and reality which enabled me to draw on my own experiences to relate to the characters. This book reminded me of my childhood and books that I had read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Miranda
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... Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by JustMina
Good fun, a real page turner! i couldn't put this down. The author takes you away to amazing magical places!Published on November 30, 2013 by Andy R
I read this book because I liked the title. It turned out to be different to what I expected, but in a really good way. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by GlendaW
NOTE: I received this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It's official - this book barely took me to the end. Read more
Fantasy roils in London's soup kitchens and Scotland's ruined castles. Robert finds himself at the centre of an other-world (Minaea) battle, in which he has to find and rescue... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Karen Haines
A friend recommended this book to me and I'm glad they did. I liked the descriptions of London and Scotland. The fantasy world was described well. It was believable. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Darren