Into the Darkness (Darkness Series #1)

Into the Darkness (Darkness Series #1)

by Harry Turtledove
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Into the Darkness (Darkness Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story. I read the paperback version years ago. That's why I was rather disappointed with this Nook edition. Quite frankly, it seems to me that the text was run through a poor OCS program and then never proof read by anyone. There are so many misspelled words and punctuation errors that it was a pain to read at times. Oh, the story is all there, but when reading it, rather than flowing smoothly through the story and getting lost in it, I kept bumping up against these trifling errors. The publisher should be ashamed of this work ... and the author shouldn't be too happy about it either.
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I'm a huge fan of Turtledove's writing. That being said, you need to know what you're getting into. There are dozens of characters, each with their own independent plotlines to keep track of, not to mention the actions of the various nations in the book as well. You really do need to pay attention or its easy to become confused at whats going on, especially at the beginning of the book. If you can manage to follow all the different storylines though, then you're in for an amazing read. I do have some criticism of the ebook itself though. Random typos litter the book and there appeared to be at least one page that just would not load for me. Still, they don't really hinder the ability to enjoy the novel. A great book for those who want to give Turtledove's writing style a try, but who aren't history buffs, although a knowledge of WW1/2 makes it all the better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was good detail book, kinda slow from chapters one through four, but after that it was good. I love books about dragons, so right when I started seeing the word dragon I start paying attention to what is going on. That is the reason I give this book a four out of five it wasn't all about dragons, it had a lot of characters in the book, so it was hard to keep track of some of the time. The author wrote in a detail way of describing everything, it was good in the battle moments but other than that there was a lot of speaking and movement detail. Other than it being slow in the beginning this book is appropriate for dragon lovers and war lovers
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good story, though it's hard to follow all the storylines. I usually remember the characters but forget exactly what each country is doing. Characters are well done and speak authentically, though I wish they weren't always making crude jokes and lusting after women. It does get old. I do applaud the use of 'fornicating' instead of the f-word.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, in order to fully understand this book, one should know the history of both World Wars, since 'Into the Darkness' is an allegorical story. Second, one should ABSOLUTELY be able to follow all the characters! The number of people in Turtledove's book is just enormous. However, I found every character to be well developed and definately entertaining. Recommended for anyone who has a thing for fantasy or war literature. The sequels were just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have yet to finish this book because right now I have over fifteen books I am reading and the list is slowly shortening. I love the plot and idea behind it and it's obvious he put a lot of work into this novel. The only reason I gave it four stars is because I've started it three times and I always sop in the middle because I get bored of it. Other than that, really good book with excellent depth and a sense of reality despite the magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has some really battles in it I also liked the different points of view about the war in this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished this book and I am still awed at the grand scale at which he writes, not just focusing on one or two characters, but encompassing families and relationships throughout the war. My rating is well-deserved, as Turtledove obviously put an extraordinary amount of work into this saga.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Harry Turtledove's description absolutely fascinating as well as his ability to depict a story, involving many different charecters, from their individual pionts of veiw.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harry Turtledove's charachters are real, this and the fact that he has a great talent for battle scenes make this book one of the best I have ever read along with The Guns Of The South.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would definity recommend this book to a friend. I started to read it on a Thursday and finished it that next Saturday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Harry Turtledove's canon, 'Into the Darkness' and the series it evidently presages, represents a curious combination of fantasy and alternate history. Some of the reviews I have read have made much of its relationship to WWI. After reading it myself, I find them oddly offtrack. What Turtledove is concerned with here are the origins of some of the same issues he explored in the 'World War' series. This series, however, uses fantasy instead of scifi as a venue for exploration. Turtledove introduces, as is typical of him, a huge cast, not simply of people but of nations and ethnic types. His model is far more the Second World War than the first one. Reviewers who have harped upon Turtledove's dependence upon WWI simply don't know their history. It is difficult to easily identify any of the warring kingdoms with specific counterparts in the Second World War, but it is not impossible, and anyone who has ever read a description of Blitzkrieg will recognize Turtledove's dragons (stukas) and behemoths (panzers). If you have read other titles Turtledove has worked on, this one will not be a disappointment. Despite its prodigious length, I found it a quick and entertaining read, contrary to my initial expectations (I generally favor 'hard' alternate history rather than fantasy). I recommend the title to Turtledove's legions of fans and suggest it may play well with others who are not as interested in more historically plausible fictions as I am.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sincerly enjoy how Turtledove weaves together many different stories to give the reader the points of view of every class of every country, Instead of having the plot revolving around one character or a group of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read a lot of fantasy, I have to commend the author for his valiant attempt at an epic fantasy. However, the huge scale in which the story takes places is just too much. Characters come and go and come again until the reader finds himself flipping back thru pages in a attempt to make sense of it all. The action is interesting and the battle scenes stark and realistic, but after awhile, I gave up on following the story and read each chapter as another in a series of vaguely connected short stories. The fact the author fails to establish a sense of right and wrong, or clearly define the heroes from the villians doesn't help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Turtledove made a fair effort in his book, Into the Darkness, but it was not worth it. This needs a sequal to be anything, and it was a weak plot.