- File Size: 1579 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514350459
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0138IVVYE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,291,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James hooked me into the story, but the world Daniel Howard created is what kept me there, turning pages long after my allotted reading time for the evening was up. It felt like I was immersed in magical fantasy, with delicious bloody strokes of horror and the grotesque mixed in. I also give huge bonus points for including a unicorn as a character (because I LOVE unicorns, and who doesn’t?! They’re rad). The unicorn rocked so much because, just like the character of James, it wasn’t written as your traditional bland unicorn. This unicorn had sass and an attitude. Totally, totally loved it.
I’m excited to read the next book in this series, and I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be a lifelong fan.
This books reads easy and is a perfect book for someone who enjoys suspense. Descriptive. Well-thought out and with some great twists.
Mr. Howard's novella (about 100 pages long) is a middle story between the author's planned first two full length books. Children are kidnapped from their village homes by slavers and it's up to someone to save them.
Taken in the Dark of Night sucked me into the world Mr. Howard created. I found myself curious about James' dark background, and I appreciated Mr. Howard's description of his world. The novella felt like a solid appetizer to get me ready for what I expect is a fully realized world with rules, cultures, histories, and the like.
I am most intrigued by the origin of the mystical "Source" and the magi who deal with it. Mr. Howard gives just enough taste to keep me guessing and wanting to learn more though his planned stories.
I also found myself rooting for Mr. Howard's anti-hero protagonist, James the "elf." He felt believable, even though he was not always the most likable - most likely by design.
Mr. Howard is a skilled writer. His prose is easy to read, clean, and exciting. Still, I continue to be convinced even the most skilled writers need skilled editors. There are several points in the story that could be improved by a fresh set of trained eyes. The most jarring is a middle chapter with a point of view change mid-scene, but most other issues are minor and did not take me out of the story.
The tone of the novella is very dark and violent, with dark themes and very dark antagonists that deal in kidnapping and trafficking children. Mr. Howard does not shy away from the reality of this evil, though I welcome that he stays away from gratuitous or vulgar descriptions in the tale.
I highly recommend Taken in the Dark of Night to readers who enjoy dark fantasy and good world building. I am interested in what James of the Darkwood will get caught up in next!
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