** Courtesy of guest reviewer Skylar Baker, my 14 year-old daughter **
Ed Greenwood needs to become a director of movies, or really, anything that deals with filmmaking, because his creativity is beyond compare. His book, DARK LORD, is phenomenal. He takes an unexpected twist on the whole “getting sucked into a seemingly-fake realm” thing, but also gives it character, with heart-stopping twists all throughout the plot. I will say that this is going to be one of the best books I’ve read this year (even though we’re only two months into it).
If you are not familiar with DARK LORD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Solaris Books:
Rod Everlar is a writer who mysteriously finds himself drawn into a fantasy world of his own creation. Once there he discovers that three dark wizards dominate the land. Facing danger at every turn, he must learn how to seize control of Falconfar and find a way of defeating the spreading corruption before it’s too late. Dark Lord displays all the hallmarks of Ed’s reputation for creating a richly realized fantasy setting, and characters that shine.
His description and fleshed out detail of the characters in this book really bring it to life. Greenwood carefully weaves the personalities of the main characters: Rod Everlar (just a simple stay-at-home writer) and “Tay,” (his gorgeous, winged, Aumrarr companion). He makes sure that you never realize you’re not in Falconfar yourself. I loved DARK LORD, and it would be a vital edition to any fantasy collection.
DARK LORD is so wonderfully written – it’s hard to put into words. His style of writing outdoes almost all other authors, and the description all throughout is just…wow. He takes such a used genre and molds it into something of new design. There’s never a dull moment in Rod’s journey through Falconfar.
The suspense in DARK LORD is overwhelming. The slower parts in this book just make it what it is; because it’s gradually leading up to some huge even that ends up in one of Greenwood’s exciting twists. You seem to never know when you’re in the real world or if you’re strolling through Rod’s fabled world.
All-in-all, this is one of the best possible fantasy genre books you could read. DARK LORD is wonderfully written and I must commend Ed Greenwood on this fantastic masterpiece that he so skillfully conjured.