- Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: BenBella Books (August 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193210058X
- ISBN-13: 978-1932100587
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Into the Dark Lands (The Sundered, Book 1) Paperback – August 11, 2005
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It jumped around way too much in the beginning, it took way too long to get interesting and to get to the real heart of the story (it was the author's first book I think).
I started this book, and by page 85, was ready to give up and give it a review of two stars.. Then I went and read some of the reviews, decided to give it another chance, and skipped ahead to where the heart of the story lay (really didn't start until about page 150, and I believe is where the author should have really started the story). Then, it got a hold of my interest...before that, it was really boring..
It's the story of a girl, bathed in light, who ends up being captured by the dark, and ends up living in its castle...and what happens when the darkness is as much intrigued with the light, as the light is with the dark..that part of the story was very original..it would have been really hot if the sex scenes had incorporated that contrast and expression in them (they were kinda a dud).
I'd be curious to see if the second in this series is any better.
If you're looking for a good fantasy read, Cast in Shadows is a much more interesting story, and better written frankly than this book.
Other reviewers have spoken of the synopsis so I won't reiterate. Erin is a warrior, a champion of the Light. Stefanos is the Dark Lord, a monster. I don't think that I've ever read of a character quite like Stefanos. He is evil, true evil and yet he wants Erin. He does some dreadful things to achieve his aims. All through this couples struggle for supremacy I could not help but be fascinated by Stefanos. He was such an intense, captivating character. I have to admit that it was Stefanos and his evilness, and ultimate internal struggle that really fascinated me.
The relationship that develops is strange, disturbing, and hard to understand, which is what makes it so compelling. I really like books that surprise me or aren't easy to predict from the very beginning, and this was one of those. Even though the book is a fantasy and the situations not possible in our world, I found the characters and their emotions and actions to be very realistic.
I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series!