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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Dark Archer by Robert Cano is an epic fantasy with unusual and strong themes. Bene suddenly finds himself trapped between life and the void. He wanted to protect the princess, but the results have brought him to a place where he experiences neither the fullness of life nor the possibility of death — a kind of limbo. The encounter with a satyr war hero, Feorin, a creature that has grown tired of the perpetual war with the fae, gives him comfort. But can a wraith inspire Feorin in his quest for freedom and can this new connection provide answers to poor Bene?
A tale that is filled with emotion, The Dark Archer is beautifully narrated. The author explores the psychological and emotional aspects of the narrative with unique skill, writing expertly on the theme of loneliness. The story begins with a disturbing moment of listlessness, a tragic moment for the protagonist: “Bene lay there for a time beyond his counting. He had already felt the oddity of the realization that time itself was irrelevant to him. There, in what could have been lifetimes since or just moments before, his connection to life was severed.”
Robert Cano is a great writer and he writes in an absorbing voice. While the narrative is emotionally rich, expertly plotted, and filled with surprising turns, it was the voice and the beautiful prose that kept me turning the pages. I couldn’t resist wanting to find out what would happen to Bene. The narrative is crafted in a way that keeps the reader wondering about what could happen next. It is engrossing, suspenseful, and filled with streams of consciousness that allow readers to feel the state of mind of the protagonist. A beautiful story with metaphysical themes.