Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The Land of Darkness by C A Lakin
Almost Cinderella-like, Jadiel has a wicked stepmother. Huldah, though, is even worse than Cinderella's stepmom. She intends to kill Jadiel...
Living Ink Books has published this book and the author sent me a copy for review (thank you). It has been published, so you can pick up a copy now. This is another in the Gates of Heaven Series and I'd been waiting for its publication. I've read the other two books in this series and they are all good!
Huldah fights her natural old age with enchantments and potions, but nature is beginning to win the fight. She has one more chance for continued youth. Since she was unable to kill Jadiel directly, she sends her off in quest to get leaves from the Eternal Tree by the next full moon. If she's not back in time, Huldah will kill her beloved father. Huldah does not mention she probably will kill them both anyway for the money and property they own.
As she begins her journey, she finds herself captured by two men who intend to sell her at the next big town. Since Jadiel is twelve, she can't do much about it. This is just the beginning of her adventures.
Ms. Larkin writes good tales. There is lots of action, some magic, old stories from the past and rhymes that must be unraveled. The characters she creates have an authenticity that's surprising, since some are magical.
This quest will only succeed if one has faith and is sincere in their desire to get to the Eternal Tree and out of the forbidden Land of Darkness. Her characters are tested along the way. Unbelievers will fail...
Why not get a copy and accompany Jadiel on her long and hazardous trip? It's a good read, you'll enjoy it.