Darkin: A Journey East (The Darkin Saga #1) by Joseph A. Turkot
The greatest dark
wizard, long thought dead, has risen anew; in his wake marches the vast
army of the Feral Brood. None could have foreseen the total evil set to
descend upon Darkin.
A long age of peace has left the land devoid
of heroes. Slavery has taken hold of the world’s commerce. All hope
rests in the rebellious spirit of one slave.
besieges Adacon late one night—an impulse drives him to murder his
guards and set out to find and kill his oppressers. Escaping into wilds
unknown, he realizes the great peril awaiting him.
hermit appears from under a sand dune, claiming to know “magic.” He
believes that if they work together, they can build a band of warriors
powerful enough to change the fate of the world. Can they find any still
harboring valor and chivalry in their hearts?—or will their quest be
for nought, ending in the ruin of the world?
biggest problem was probably the characters, they didn’t really have
much personality to them and they didn’t really interest me.
is supposed to be an escaped slave, had no evidence that he was. What
there was of his personality didn’t match his status of being an
ex-slave, he was confidant, no fears, no worries about being captured,
intelligent and educated. He was also far too skilled as well, both him
and his fellow ex-slave have excellent fighting skills and are able to
overpower trained men despite not having practiced themselves. They have
other ‘natural’ skills they shouldn’t, such as being able to ride
The love story didn’t see natural either, two
characters fell pretty much instantly in love and would do anything for
each other. The family had no problems with the relationship. It just
all seemed too easy and unrewarding.
The characters were on the
whole overpowered. Most of the situations had no tension since the
characters always seemed strong enough to take on even overwhelming
Too often the characters would say or do something they (and the author) would think was funny or clever, but it just wasn’t.
The characters speak in a very unnatural way, almost archaic, but not really, more like a kid’s tv show from the 80’s.
of the characters is a gnome who enjoys alcohol. The other characters
are always very critical of his drinking (despite the fact the gnome had
just found out his son had died), and the author is as well in the way
he describes the gnome and what he does, compared to the other
characters. Rather than coming across as a moral against abusing
alcohol, it seemed to be preachy and it annoyed me how badly everyone
was treating him.
There was a massive overuse of magic, every
time the characters got into a difficult situation, the author would
bring them close to defeat, then someone would use magic and save
everyone. While magic is part of a fantasy novel, it shouldn’t be abused
in this way, even books where the main characters are wizards (such as
the Harry Potter series.) the characters use methods other than magic to
The story was very clichéd and unoriginal, most of the plot has been seen many times before.
descriptions were okay, but nothing special. It was generally easy to
follow the action and to understand what something looked like, but it
was lacking the attention to detail that most fantasy novels include.
There were large chucks of world building information and occasionally it became difficult to remember it all.
this book was okay, but had many flaws. I didn’t feel connection with
the characters, the death of almost any book, and I wasn’t convinced the
main POV character personality suited his background. It was clichéd,
and when it tried to be funny or clever it generally failed. The massive
overuse of magic and overpowered characters hit another nail in the
coffin by taking away any tension there might have been, and making any
dangerous situation pointless and the resolution dull.
In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.