Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
333 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2020
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Author Biography

Brooklyn raised. I grew up reading comics and fantasy novels. As an adult I still read them. So I decided to create the stories I love, but from an adult perspective. I felt that mature audiences were being deprived of that as if authors only took into account what could be viewed by the masses. Does it limit my audience? Of course, still I believe there's a market for my style of books. Part II of Darksoul is near completion, and I have some other surprises on the way. Hope you enjoy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

DarkSoul is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy, action, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author L. Brooks. Written for adult reading audiences, the work does contain the use of explicit language throughout, as well as scenes of a sexual nature and the presence of graphic violence right from the opening scenes. This highly engaging novel gives nods to both the crime and superhero genres as we encounter protagonist Orion Stormgod, who finds himself raised back from the very brink of death, but with a new life-force alongside his own. Will this impetuous Darksoul help Orion face the evils of the world, or force him down a similar path?

Author L. Brooks has crafted a really engaging and action-packed work that will be sure to entertain fans who enjoy crime and mafia novels, superhero urban thrillers, and dark fantasy tales alike. One of the things which I really enjoyed about the novel was its character development, which begins with the classic nickname style introductions to such enigmatic and utterly awful villains as Graveyard, but later develops these figures into a much deeper and more compelling evil for our hero to face. As Orion too grows, the plot thickens into a tense standoff where the stakes are raised with every chapter and new dangers are nicely paced to add to the overall terror. The dialogue is gritty and realistic, keeping this supernatural journey grounded. Overall, I would certainly recommend DarkSoul to fans of well penned and action-packed urban fantasy everywhere.

Edilyn Trinidad

L. Brooks’s DarkSoul is a fantastic story about Orion Stormgod. A club owner turned victim of a businessman’s greed. Brutally gunned down along with his friend, he was left for dead only to be miraculously saved by a mysterious statuette. In return for his life, he was given terrifying powers that will enable him to exact his revenge upon those who murdered his friend in cold blood. However, every hero has a villain with no other purpose than to destroy him. Despite his seeming invincibility, Orion found himself the target of a formidable foe from ancient Egypt. DarkSoul is full of intriguing characters, scintillating romance, and thrilling action scenes! Orion’s quest for revenge was made even more exciting by his journey to harness the powers he was given.

DarkSoul by L. Brooks is an exciting book. It’s full of gripping yet terrifying fight scenes. Orion Stormgod’s road to learning his new abilities was intriguing and satisfying to read as he discovers his newfound powers. I also enjoyed the harrowing and remarkable action scenes that were abundant in this story. The entity DarkSoul and the villain Soulchaser were both intriguing, making me want to know more about them. Though a fantasy, it’s interesting to think that these characters really existed in ancient times. Even more thrilling to imagine them in the modern world as they take in the millennia of changes. I also loved Orion’s witty sense of humor. DarkSoul is action, fantasy, and romance all rolled into one.

Pikasho Deka

Darksoul is a superhero origin story by L. Brooks. Orion Stormgod and Sam Pillman are brothers in all but blood. They own a nightclub together named Club Iniquity. After refusing to sell it for an exorbitant price to a certain Michael Tyranny, Orion and Sam get attacked by his thugs. Sam is murdered, and Orion is on the brink of death when he is saved by an elderly man named Jeremiah. Jeremiah uses an ancient Sumerian spirit of a powerful entity named Darksoul on Orion. Darksoul not only gives Orion newfound superpowers but also increases his base primitive urges. Meanwhile, an ancient pharoah named Soulchaser awakens during an archaeological dig in Egypt. Soulchaser wastes no time in chasing his once mortal enemy Darksoul in America. Now, Darksoul must carry out his vengeance on those who did him harm while simultaneously protecting his loved ones.

Fast-paced, action-packed, and full of swagger, that's Darksoul in a nutshell. Utterly stylish, sexy to a fault, and filled with dialogue that wouldn't look out of place in a Guy Ritchie movie, L. Brooks's superhero novel makes Deadpool seem PG-13. I had an absolute blast reading this book. Brooks's pacing is at breakneck speed, and there's not a single dull moment in the book. If there's one criticism I have, it's that I found that it lacked a little bit of emotional depth in its characters. For example, Orion gets over the death of his best friend quite quickly. But other than that, it shines in every single aspect that it sets out to do. I would highly recommend it to fantasy and superhero fans.

Jose Cornelio

L. Brooks takes readers on an exciting ride through DarkSoul, a compelling urban fantasy with memorable characters. A shooting leaves Orion Stormgod alive while losing his nightclub co-owner to the claws of death. But what saves his life is an irresistible offer from a mysterious stranger who enters into a pact with him. He is alive but inhabited by a powerful and ancient force known as the Darksoul, and as powerful as it is, the Darksoul has its own demands. The power makes him do things that he won’t do in normal life, but it also allows him to go after enemies, like Graveyard and Michael Tyranny. But Soulchaser, a resurrected pharaoh who feeds on souls, also wants his source of energy. Thus begins a conflict of powerful dimensions. Can Orion stay at the top of the power that is given to him and stop the pharaoh from possessing it?

A good book for readers who enjoy urban fantasy and well-plotted stories. I would have loved Soulchaser to be a historical Egyptian pharaoh like Ramses perhaps because I have a particular interest in Egyptology, but the author did a good job in writing fictional characters that are sophisticated and well-explored. L. Brooks is a great storyteller and I enjoyed the originality in the plot and the out-of-the-ordinary experiences, exciting the imagination of readers. The writing is great and the descriptions are vivid and compelling. DarkSoul has a good and volatile plot, arresting prose, and characters that are exciting to follow. It is an engaging story for anyone looking for a fresh voice in urban fantasy.

Gobi Jane

DarkSoul by L. Brooks is a pulsating story for fans of urban fantasy and the paranormal. The protagonist is a co-owner of a nightclub, Orion Stormgod. He almost loses his life when gunned down together with his partner, who loses his life. A strange man offers to enter into a pact with him, which heals him, but it leaves him possessed by the Darksoul, an ancient entity that gifts him with unfathomable powers. Now he goes after his enemies, including Graveyard and Michael Tyranny. But the power that he possesses has an inclination to carnal pleasures and this pushes Orion to the edge. Across the world, a resurrected pharaoh craves Orion’s life energy. The stage is set for a phenomenal conflict. Can Orion beat his enemies and take control of the power that grows in him every passing minute?

DarkSoul by L. Brooks is written for readers who enjoy adventure and novels filled with action. The characters are phenomenal and the conflict is strong and deftly handled. A man possessed and imbued with an unusual power makes for an interesting spectacle and the reader encounters a character torn between what he has become and what he used to be. References to Egyptian mythology — or history — are abundant and I enjoyed the idea of ancient powers pitting against each other. The characters are wonderfully developed, including Orion, Cassandra, Graveyard, and Soulchaser. The plot is imaginative and features a story that starts with a simple shooting and quickly morphs into an exhilarating fantasy. DarkSoul is fast-paced and filled with action, a story that as entertaining as it is unpredictable.