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"The Benighted is a beautiful and gripping opening to a saga that explores murder and usurpation of power, and a woman's struggle against injustice done to her family. . . . There is a lot to love in this novel -- the compelling plot with twists, the biting suspense, the intrigue, and this sense of pervading danger that punctuates the entire work. A.M. Dunnewin has the gift for a good story, a great entertainer." - Christian Sia, Readers' Favorite
- File size : 2088 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Publication date : November 25, 2013
- Publisher : Dark Hour Press, LLC; 3rd edition (November 25, 2013)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00GYOJ4US
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #708,955 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I liked Skylar. She was resilient, clever, humorous, a strong leader, and even though I can’t relate to her particular issues, I felt as if I knew her personally. Skylar didn’t really undergo character development, at least not in the normal, “selfish to generous” obvious kind of way. Rather, her experience throughout the book most definitely developed her in some way that readers will probably realize in the next book.
Sir Harlin Brien made me swoon. Oh, just swoon. I wish I could show this one quote because it made me melt, but it’s somewhat a spoiler so I shall not. He was in the book pretty often, but it was still more focused on Skylar. I think I would’ve liked to read more about Harlin and who he is, but I have a fairly good picture of him.
The other characters I enjoyed reading about are spoilers, but Dunnewin wrote the enemy pretty well. It was easy to identify them, which was Dunnewin’s intention, and then she had their actions really reinforce how evil they were and I liked that.
Dunnewin’s writing is almost flawless. Her descriptions are amazing, the dialogue was superb, and the plot was sound. I thoroughly enjoyed the flashbacks that Skylar had. They were excellent ways for me as a reader to understand the background of the story and it full served it’s purpose. I only have two complaints: The repeated descriptions of eyes and the length of the book.
Dunnewin describes a character’s eyes as “amethyst” 12 times and “ultramarine” 10 times. By the first time, I understood what color the character’s eyes were, I didn’t need to be told 11 more times or 9 more times. I just did not.
I also didn’t like how short the book was. I did truly love the flashbacks, but that’s what the majority of the book was. When the book ended, I was still waiting for more, the flashbacks and the occasional “real time” events weren’t enough. It felt as if I had read a prequel, rather than the first book of a series. But truly, this is a minor complaint, I was more irked over the eye color descriptions.
Would I Recommend The Benighted? I received the book for free so I had an “unfair” advantage, so I can’t in good conscience just yell “YES! Spend $0.99 I didn’t have to spend!”, but I think it’s a pretty good book. I would recommend it.
The delivery of the book was slightly confusing when I first started reading. This is not a linear story, instead it goes back and forth between the present and memories of the past. The current moments were very dark, filled with Skylar being tortured and abused while people try and force their will on her through force. I also found the setting interesting. I could not determine if this is supposed to be historical or modern, because the costuming and actions were something out of the past, yet mentions of electricity were thrown in as well. And speaking of costuming, the clothes Skylar wore were to die for and the author so lovingly detailed them even in the face of the horrors of murder and torture.
Sylar is the main character in the book, everything is told from her point of view. I liked her personality and how tenacious she was even when she would only find hardship as a result of her behavior. She stuck to her beliefs and would only accept the truth, even if they weren’t pretty. She may not have expected to be the ruler, but she really was the best possible person for the job. Harlin is the focus of the story (at least in my eyes). We know basically nothing about him except that he is one of the mysterious Benighted, an elite group of men who have skills nobody is even sure and leave fear in their wake. It was interesting that while Skylar is the narrator and the one experiencing all this terrible history, Harlin is the character that I was waiting for, because I knew he had more to show even though he had said almost nothing in the book these expectations arose on their own.
I liked watching how the relationship unfolded between Harlin and Skylar, it was not over the top or in your face, it was so subtle that it did not really even feel as if it was happening (as if you blink you might miss it). I liked how the two had a mutual respect and the belief in the other’s skills/feelings regardless of hardships. In the midst of this relationship, there was the intrigue of the murder and court dynamics woven in as the main plot of the book. I was really shocked as to how long Skylar was in the prison as well as why the plot was started. The ending of the story was fairly abrupt and it feels like there might be more to come, and if that is the case, I will most certainly read more. This story was executed very uniquely and I liked the book overall.
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The actual story and the characters are excellent and if it was written normally I'd happily give it 4 stars, but I got very close to abandoning the book and it's taken me longer than average to read.
I found the story fascinating and completely captivating, was unable to put it down. Read it in a day and then when I finished it, I was sad it was done! Couldnt recommend it more.