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Darkness Visible Paperback – May 6, 2011
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About the Author
Pip Janssen is a Bristolian fantasy author and English Literature postgraduate student. She has been writing novels since her early teens, and Darkness Visible is her first foray into publishing.
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If you like Victorian Horror, Jeeves and Wooster, Steam Punk, and Downton Abby, you may like this. If you hate entitled characters and prefer prefer Dickins and characters aware of the injustices of their society, you will hate it. The hero is heroic but not actually very nice, and quite a lot of really terrible things happen in the course of the book. Also, the love interest wasn't very well developed
My main criticism is the relatively linear plot development. The protagonist makes his way to the climax without any real surprises or challenges (save perhaps his own admitted lack of stamina, which itself never amounts to more than a severe annoyance), and the story lacks an engaging villain - their motivation, while believable, seemed underwritten and somewhat peripheral.
With that said, the writing is good enough that these complaints don't seem to be all that important.
Do NOT miss this book.
It's a sort of steampunk romantic horror, in which certain people have the abity to instantly transport themselves by literally ripping a hole in reality. Uncontroled rips are a problem, allowing voidstuff to leak into the world and sicken people. At the beginning of the story, a number of unexplained holes in reality have begun to crop up, and the people who fix such minor disasters are kept quite busy.
The main character is believeable, flawed, and absolutely fantastic. I desperately want to read more about him, and about this world.
For the author: thank you thank you thank you for such a wonderful story!