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Reviewed by Barbara Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Dark Mountain by C.B. Pratt is the third book in her series Eno the Thracian. Here we find Eno determined to accomplish a visit to his mother. As with any hero of merit, Eno is beset by unwelcome incidents on the road home, including a meeting with the god Pan in his forest domain where he learns what his punishment will be for killing Pan's daughters. Once home, he learns more than he bargained for from his mother, and as he departs back to Kalithanos, he is left with a more pressing unanswered question. His time in Kalithanos is short lived, as within just a few short hours he's abducted by slavers. Despite the previous mishaps and adventures up to this point, this is where the grand adventure begins in Dark Mountain, and Eno shows his true sense of chivalry as he fights to free a people held captive for generations, and used as miners by a maniacal worker of dark magic. A Minotaur, and ungodly animated guards roam the slave pits of Dark Mountain, and mortal danger abounds, but the most ghastly of creatures is soon to be uncovered. Even in this place Eno finds an unexpected love, but Pan's curse is still upon him - will they escape to revel in it, or will Pan strike at what Eno holds most dear?
Dark Mountain by C.B. Pratt was much anticipated. Having already read the previous two books in this series, I was very much looking forward to going along with Eno on his latest adventure. This book had a slightly different feel to it than Hero for Hire or The Stone Gods. It felt more intimate to me, as if Eno let me get closer to him - let me in on more of his innermost self. I also got to see his sorrow at what his mother had to tell him. Sorry, no spoilers from me (smile). I got to see him fall in love, and the heartbreaking outcome of that. I gladly held his hand as he was forced to depart his love and what could have been a good life for him, and though I offered a shoulder to cry on, he stood firm and upright. I know his heart was breaking, but the life of a hero goes on, in all cases. I love this series, and though C.B. Pratt has included just enough back story that you wouldn't be lost if it's the only one you read, I can't recommend enough that you start with Hero for Hire, then The Stone Gods. This is a series worth collecting and definitely worth reading.