THE BENIGHTED by A. M. Dunnewin





 A. M. Dunnewin

  For me, this was one of those hot/cold stories, which made it difficult to review and rate.  What I liked was the fantasy world this tale took place in, a max of medieval with modern elements.  They call it Steampunk.  Dunnewin didn’t get into much detail about the world, other than the fact there’s another kingdom with more advance technology.  I assume this will be explained in the second book.  But, it did leave me wondering why there’s such a disparity of technology. 

The characters were fleshed out in great detail, maybe a little too much, as I became bored with the continuous descriptions of Skylar’s gowns and jewels.  I[‘m not a clothes horse and I felt they weren’t necessary, thought I understand Dunnewin was trying to set the stage.  Even though the characters were well-developed, I had a hard time feeling of them.  I had more feelings for the villain, Cross Lutherous, than I did for what happened to Skylar.  I believe some of that was the writing style, a little too passive for my tastes.  Also, there were issues with sentence structures that didn’t read well and some misused words like shutter for shudder.  Really?

  What I really liked, was how Dunnewin built the back story via dreams/memories. But even these became redundant. I just wanted the plot to get going. I finally became more involved with Skylar and Harlin once we spent more time in the present, and less in the past. Then I found myself rooting for her and Harlin, reading faster and faster until the end. I felt the latter part of the book was written better and the ending was perfect. Now, I want to see how Skylar will defend her kingdom against the Bellumortis.
If you like fanciful Steampunk stories, with princesses and knights, I recommend this story. I give it 4 feathers.


About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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