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Where Darkness Walks: Mortgatha Trilogy, Book One Paperback – May 11, 2013
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Mortgatha is a grim, dim, and unforgiving world. Luckily for Clarie, she is accompanied by her boyfriend and a really useful piece of floor covering. She also makes a few more friends as she travels along, trying to find her way back home. Between them they have many adventures.
I found this an enjoyable book which was a real pleasure to read. Even though the story is unbelievable, the author somehow managed to make it totally believable. Now I am looking forward to the next instalment. Happy to recommend this book.
Donna Hawk has created a complex world full of people and creatures that is reminiscent of Narnia, but is much darker. Claire is a unlikely heroine that is a bright light in the dark of Mortgatha. As Patrick and Claire try to find their way home, they embark on a journey that will test them at every turn. Donna Hawk has woven a tale of hope, love, and good vs. evil that will have you devouring every page! Where Darkness Walks is full of twists and turns that will have you looking for clues from finish to end. Grab a hold of this exciting new series and you will not regret it!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(4th review for May)
Rating: 5 stars
The author gave me a free copy for an honest review. Firstly I must say the world building was amazing. I could see and feel everything in Mortgatha a world saturated in darkness. A world that once flourished under the rule of King Rade now sunk deeply in evil. Every village or town had its own unique feel, down to the desert landscape or the lush of the dangerous forest. The dark army was frightening. But the mystery behind it all had me turning pages so quickly devouring little traces to piece it all together.
From the start of the story which is based here on earth I just loved Clarie and could sympathize with her so much. She has many admires in different ways, but I appreciated the story between her and bulldog. He was a bully, that smelled and was unattractive but Clarie was gentle with his feelings throughout the story, never one to crush someone regardless of the kind of person they were.
The story is woven beautifully, from the simplicity of a teenager's life, to the gripping darkness in Mortgatha, and what a world Mortgatha is; I could feel their hunger or the cold of the darkness. This story was so well written and detailed that it sucked me in.
I would highly recommend this to all age groups. Just an amazing read. I can't wait for book two as the mystery still unfolds and what lies ahead for Clarie and Patrick.
The characters for the most part are well written and believable. Clairie is a sweet person with a soft heart and I found her very endearing. Patrick and Joseph are both likeable. I found the stalker Bulldog a bit of a clichéd bad guy, but given his role in the story it wasn't too big a deal.
The story was interesting and different. I was pleasantly surprised by what Clairie's discovery turned out to be! I have to say I was very easily drawn into the world Hawk has spun in this story, both in the real world and the realm of Mortgatha. There are some tense moments during the adventure Clairie and Patrick suddenly find themselves embarking on, but there's also romance.
Overall I was impressed by the world building and the well developed main characters. I enjoyed this YA fantasy novel and would recommend to fans of the genre, as well as to fans of YA romance!