Publication Date: February 26, 2013
It’s 1975 and Aaron O’Connor’s wife and children have been taken by a shadow man that appears in his dreams. D.I. Yvonne Marnak doesn’t believe him and is determined catch Aaron short to find out where he hid his wife and children. Little does she know the great danger they face in the form of Havelock and the Dark Lord. They will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. In the meantime a vicious storm is headed toward London. When D.I. Marnak disobeys orders she will discover that reality is a subjective thing. Will any of them get out alive?
Many years ago there was a miniseries on network television called [easyazon-link asin=”B00B04NIZO” locale=”us”]10th Kingdom—The Epic Miniseries Event[/easyazon-link]. The premise involved fairy tale characters passing over into this world and characters that were in the know having to preserve to save not only our world but theirs. I loved the premise of this miniseries so much that my husband ordered it on VHS tape and I haven’t found time to watch it since. [easyazon-link asin=”B00BMC1ELO” locale=”us”]The Lokkr Chronicles – Volume 1 Planet Storm[/easyazon-link] reminds me very much of that miniseries. Not so much in content because they’re very different, but in the feel. You have these characters on the edge of another world. A dark and dangerous work in which no one plays by the rules of fairness or right. It’s a sense of pure evil seeking to get what it wants and do whatever must be done to get it. The opening scene, which introduces this new world of magic to us, is a very dark and dangerous feeling. The demon appeals to Lokkr’s greed and sense of desperation to get what he wants but it’s a true battle of good vs. evil and good may not win the battle, but it will win the war…we hope.
When Middleton brings us to 1975 London, he sets the scene beautifully. We have a hip chick in a job normally done by men at the edge of the punk scene. She’s spiking her short hair and loving the clubs. When D.I. Yvonne Marnak is business, she’s all business. She respects what a bad tush her boss is and won’t leave him because he’s a bit of a renegade. So familiar and yet so unique in presentation. Marnak isn’t willing to believe in magic or demons but Middleton brings a sense of tension that is just delicious to his narrative. The bad is coming and we can feel it.
Readers of this blog will know that I love a good baddie. Whether the baddie be dark or dangerous or a truly twisted person for whom the reader feels sympathy. The baddies in [easyazon-link asin=”B00BMC1ELO” locale=”us”]The Lokkr Chronicles – Volume 1 Planet Storm[/easyazon-link] are exceptionally well written. The Dark Lord could come off as quite cheesy but Middleton presents him in a way that would be terrifying to some readers. There is a scene in which “splatters of blood and tatters of flesh dripped onto him” (Smashwords edition Page 59). The imagery of the line is just spectacular. The last line of this book will have to go down in the annuals of literary history as one of the better last lines to drive a person to read on in the series. I have already agreed to review the next in the series but had that not been the case, I’d still be reading on. Middleton’s story is wonderfully crafted. [easyazon-link asin=”B00BMC1ELO” locale=”us”]The Lokkr Chronicles: Volume 1 Planet Storm[/easyazon-link] is an adult read and very interesting. I wouldn’t limit recommending this novel to fantasy fans. The premise and execution has a very wide reach over genres. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.
If you like epic fantasy, you owe it to yourself to pick [easyazon-link asin=”B00BMC1ELO” locale=”us”]The Lokkr Chronicles – Volume 1 Planet Storm[/easyazon-link] up today.
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