Book Review: "The Seven Kingdoms: The Darkening Lands" by Harry G. Sherwin

Monday, October 14, 2013

I’m an enormous fantasy fan, so The Darkening Lands, the first book in The Seven Kingdoms series definitely caught my eye. When I realized that the author was a bit of a prodigy, having written this book at 18, I was more interested than I care to admit.

The Darkening Lands tells the story of Justava, seven kingdoms bound together and at peace for the first time in a thousand years. Darkness begins to rise, however, with the entrance of a mysterious villain called the Necromancer. The Necromancer Empire leads a powerful and deadly army of what we would call zombies in our modern media culture.

Two young elves, Brenik and Nalia, lose everything but each other when their kingdom is overrun by the Necromancer. They band together to save the Seven Kingdoms from ruin – gathering allies (including a snarky vampire, who was one of my favorite characters in the book), running from enemies, and falling in love.

I had a feeling that I would enjoy the novel, but didn’t know how much. I look forward to reading the next installment of the series, and truly hope it’s coming out soon. As a side note – I really liked the PDF formatting of the e-book, so kudos to whoever arranged that. And keep writing, Mr. Sherwin.

[Blogger’s Note: Apparently, I’m one of very few book bloggers that actually read and review independent/indie writers. I didn’t realize this at first, but it became clear to me as reviews rolled into my e-mail address and authors registered their surprise when I actually responded. Harry G. Sherwin is one of those authors who submitted a release & requested a review – and this is my way of saying, "See, I do review independent writers! Send me more releases!" But not too many, please. ;) – Amanda]