A Wicked Kind of Dark

A Wicked Kind of Dark

by Jonathan K. Benton


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Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, whom he loved and lost. As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic ... A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

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ISBN-13: 9781922200068
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite A Wicked Kind of Dark by Jonathan K. Benton opens on an ancient battlefield, with two enemies facing off. Their prize is control of the portals that link two worlds and its people in a close bond. In one world, the war is open and deadly. In the other, most people are oblivious to the struggle, and victory - or defeat - depends on hidden, secret gestures and discoveries. For Robert, it begins with a mysterious phone call, followed by the gift of a beautiful and compelling painting. He feels that he knows the painting's subject and when he sets out to explore these emotions, the memory to a tragedy from his past is unlocked, as well as that of a magical land to which he senses a connection. Soon he is pushed to the forefront with a crucial role to play. I feel that Jonathan K. Benton really succeeded in bringing the characters and setting of A Wicked Kind of Dark to life. I got a real sense of the soup-kitchen and the underground in London, the ruined castle in Castleton, and Minaea, the magical realm the two children are drawn to discover. I found myself warming to characters like Arthur and his mysterious double identity, Luthien, and even Gabriel, Robert's smooth and affluent brother. Each of them felt distinct enough to seem like a real person, with strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. If you like irrepressibly cheerful and bouncy fairies, you will be in for a treat as soon as you meet Allaria. The story is a well-paced page-turner and the writing style engages the reader to care about the outcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story centres around a 17 year old Scottish boy named Robert Duncan, who due to trauma at the age of 10, was left with a big chunk of his memory missing. His parents die in a house fire and he goes to live with his older brother in London. A series of coincidences lead him to a painting of a beautiful red-haired girl and he is suddenly obsessed, having an overwhelming feeling that he knows her. Slowly his memory starts to return with the help of some newly found friends and he has to race against time to try and save this girl before it is too late. The book is very well written and flows well. It is full of fantasy, magic and mystery that keeps you guessing till the very end. If you love paranormal creatures and mythical planes, then you will really enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
‘A wicked kind of dark’ is a great read and it grabbed my attention and time from the first page. This genre is not usually my thing but Benton writes a story that is not only beautifully crafted but is also gripping and whimsical. The imagery used paints wonderful pictures of the people and places, and makes the magical elements such as the demons and star gems quite real. The characters are well developed and their stories took me on a hugely satisfying journey through the two worlds. Allaria has a curious sense of wisdom, quirkiness and humour that strikes a poignant chord and connects the world of fae with our everyday lives. Benton manages superbly well to intertwine our society’s traumatised and damaged with the world of fantasy, and makes a significant social comment through Dennis, the rough sleepers and the other soup kitchen characters. Lady Buchanan and Gabriel were for me, brilliant characters. Benton’s descriptive and literary writing gives this book a uniquely refreshing slant on the urban fantasy genre. I wait with much impatience for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fast reader with an insatiable appetite for fiction, I am always on the lookout for up and coming authors whose work I can follow. After reading Jonathan K Benton's debut novel, "A Wicked Kind of Dark", I have a new favourite author to add to my list! What I truly love about this book is how relatable the characters and locations are. Many fantasy writers seem to make their worlds so far removed from our own that I find it impossible to connect with them. Although the main character Robert is only 18 years old, I found that I could easily relate to him as a 30 year old woman. His sense of loneliness, vulnerability and feeling cut off from times in his life where he was truly happy are something that everybody can understand, young or old. The juxtaposition in the book between the gritty urban landscape of London and the magical world of Minea not only kept my interest high as I was reading, but also highlighted the differences to me between the two worlds. As a native Londoner now living in Australia, I was extremely impressed by Benton's description of the sights, sounds and smells of my home city. I also felt that Benton is telling his readers not to let go of the way that they saw the world when they were young. Many of us, myself included, become disillusioned with life and forget the people that we thought we would become as adults. As we see Robert's journey unfold, the author is reminding us all that it is important to remember how magical the world looked to us as children. Overall, 5 stars from me. I can't wait to read whatever Jonathan K Benton has planned for his readers in the future!