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- Print Length: 205 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0728N6C5V
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Trading Darkness: A Dark Fairytale Kindle Edition
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Our story begins with a realm gripped by witch hunting madness and poor Agnes is caught in the middle. She makes a deal with a demonic power in order to try and save her family, but the demon has designs of its own.
The Blackvale familial lands of Wildenburg have a dark secret, and younger brother Gregory is about to find out just what his family's prosperity costs. When his older brother refuses to see through his end of the pact with the Century Demon that protects their tiny fiefdom, Gregory faces a difficult decision. He must choose one of his twin daughters to sacrifice to the demon. Lose one, or lose everything as his brother so recently discovered.
Gregory gives up Louisa, but then spends the rest of his life and his sanity trying to discover if she lives. He even goes so far as to make a deal with the Immortal Wishmaster, who hides his own dark past.
Lisa weaves these characters together in such a way that you'll be deep into the book before you realize it. She draws you into this world and makes you care about each character, even the ones you should dislike. Gregory, the father who had to make the most impossible choice. The Wishmaster, bound to balance his own light and darkness within. The Century Demon, wholly given over to revenge, even has a past that makes her bitterness understandable.
I'm so glad I picked this up and will be keeping my eye out for more from Lisa.
There are many characters in this book, but in the forefront we find Louisa, just a small soul swept up in the middle of the demon’s revenge plot. Poor Louisa was stripped of everything; family, home and even her humanity, as she is raised by the demon in utter darkness. But Louisa’s tenuous connection to her twin sister, Maria, keeps her tied to human emotions. Keeping her from being completely overcome by the darkness.
There are many other characters, and as you read the story you find how much each of their fates are intertwined with the others’. But one thing is for certain; Magic always has a price.
The title of the story promised a Dark Fairy Tale, and that’s what this delivered. The story twists, and as new characters are introduced, you have to pay close attention to where they fit in within the world of the story.
I absolutely didn’t see the end coming and found it to be such a powerful moment. Moments more accurately - between two sets of parents and their child. Holy wow, I won’t say who or why because when you get to it, I want you to feel the same weight of sacrifice and love.
The pacing was nice, with good tempo, having fast and slow places as the story dictated. I found the story itself to be rich and well thought out, with enough detail to keep me totally immersed. I highly recommend this fans of fairytales, fantasy, and magic.
It is an interesting read. A magical tale set in the 1670’s Germany, full of witches and dukes, terrible demons and innocent young girls. The author draws you in with a witch, who has been viciously tortured and is about to be executed, who trades her soul for that of an immortal’s through the power of dark magic. There is a promise of future revenge. Flash forward twenty years and we have a greedy duke who, to satisfy an ancient curse for peace and prosperity, must sacrifice one of his beloved children to another demon.
The blend of emotions, the characters’ love for their children, and what they will do to protect them, and the demons’ malevolent control of suffering, keeps the story on shaky ground with a leg in both worlds. It is a story of pain and suffering, promises and curses, revenge and redemption. Evil darkness is not restricted to only the underworld. It leeches above the ground and infects the mortals as well. Only at the end does the story come full circle, without a clear winner in the battle for good and evil.
The author is a talented wordsmith and I enjoyed her writing and descriptive skills. However, it was not always easy to follow the characters and their stories as their names changed often, and I had trouble following where each scene was taking place. When that happened, or when new names or characters were added, such as Anton, without introduction as to who he was until further in the chapter, I had to go back several times to figure out where I had gotten lost. But, overall, it was a good story and it did keep me turning the pages.