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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Wish Too Dark and Kind is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy genre. It is aimed at adult readers and was penned by M. L. Blackbird. The book follows a group of immortals who have been invited to the home of the powerful Arnaud Demeure for a simple dinner party. But despite accepting the request, none of the guests knows the party’s true nature, whether it be a run-of-the-mill celebration or an apocalyptic ritual, or something in between. As each guest tries to unravel the mystery of their host’s purpose while forwarding their own agenda, the party edges ever closer to a grim fate for all.
The murder mystery dinner party is one of my favorite staples of the detective genre, and to see someone take the format and the style of such a story and instead apply it to a tense urban fantasy tale makes me kick myself for not thinking of such an arrangement earlier. M. L. Blackbird demonstrates mastery and understanding of multiple literary genres and forms, using this expertise to craft a tale that twists and turns and constantly finds new ways to excite and surprise readers. Each character in A Wish Too Dark and Kind feels like a living, breathing chess piece being moved around a board by an unseen force as part of a game they had no idea they were even playing. Their plight would be sympathetic if each of them didn’t have a closet full of skeletons giving them a hard edge and ensuring that from beginning to end, none of them is above suspicion.