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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
An epic fantasy packed with action and a work of ingenuity, Darkrise by M.L. Spencer is for readers who enjoy fantasy with complex plots and multilayered characters. Darien Lauchlin once betrayed the Rhen when he sold his soul to the God of Chaos. But then what everyone feared is about to happen — the impending war between Malikar and the Rhen. Darien is about to wage war against what was once his own people. But can he be trusted by those he leads and can he win their trust? Through an unlikely twist of fate, he is compelled to confront his past and re-examine his loyalties. Will he choose the path of redemption or perdition? Follow his journey of grit and ultimate pain as he struggles to make a choice, to choose his path, aided by a formidable character, Azár.
M.L. Spencer knows what it takes to craft a compelling story and she assembles the finest elements that make for an exceptionally good read — a strong plot, exotic writing, and complexity in character development. Darien is a character who catches the reader’s attention from the start of the story, but what is interesting is his journey back home, the power of his choices, and how these choices become the driving force behind the conflict that moves the plot forward. The author creates a world that readers will enjoy, ingeniously crafting a setting that is easy to imagine and writing scenes that are focused and merge with the vivid setting. Darkrise features exquisite prose, filled with cinematic descriptions and emotionally charged scenes. A real page-turner, indeed!