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A Wicked Kind of Dark opens on an ancient battlefield, with two enemies facing off. Their prize is control of the portals that link two worlds and its people in a close bond. In one world, the war is open and deadly. In the other, most people are oblivious to the struggle ... I feel that Benton really succeeded in bringing the characters and setting of A Wicked Kind of Dark to life. The story is a well-paced page-turner and the writing style engages the reader to care about the outcome. 
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About the Author

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writers such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Books (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1922200069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1922200068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,156,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book because, while it doesn't necessarily break any new ground, what it does it does very well.

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.
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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!
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The story centres around a 17 year old Scottish boy named Robert Duncan, who due to trauma at the age of 10, was left with a big chunk of his memory missing. His parents die in a house fire and he goes to live with his older brother in London. A series of coincidences lead him to a painting of a beautiful red-haired girl and he is suddenly obsessed, having an overwhelming feeling that he knows her. Slowly his memory starts to return with the help of some newly found friends and he has to race against time to try and save this girl before it is too late.

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.
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`A wicked kind of dark' grabbed my attention and time from the first page. Benton writes a story that is not only beautifully crafted but is gripping and nostalgic. The imagery used paints wonderful pictures of the people and places, and makes the magical elements such as the demons and star gems quite real. The characters are well developed and their stories took me on a hugely satisfying journey through the two worlds. Allaria has a curious sense of wisdom, quirkiness and humour that strikes a poignant chord and connects the world of fae with our everyday lives. Dennis from the soup kitchen takes the reader down a path that provides a special awareness of the rough sleepers. Benton manages superbly well to intertwine our society's traumatised and damaged with the world of fantasy, and makes a significant social comment. The characters of Lady Buchanan and Gabriel were for me, brilliant, and I experienced a real sense of loss when they died. Benton's descriptive and literary writing gives this book a uniquely refreshing slant on the urban fantasy genre. I wait with much impatience for the next book in the series.
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