The second book from Australian author Toneye Eyenot is a continuation of last years ‘The Scarlett Curse: The Sacred Blade of Profanity Book 1’ and sees the story moving in an altogether darker direction. I grew up reading fantasy fiction, and although this book is at the darker end of the fantasy spectrum, it serves as a great reminder that you don’t need to go straight to the big publishers to find quality books. This goes for most genres I read in, I have often found.
I really enjoyed Toneye’s first book. It was interesting that he started midway through a story but I felt he did really well with the delivery. This book is a much more rounded affair. It flows nicely and Toneye’s writing has come on well with some well-written passages tightly woven amongst some moments of disgust and absolute horror. Since the last book, Toneye has appeared in multiple anthologies with both prose and poetry. I think this has really helped to develop his writing and this book feels much tighter, with a clearer direction and an engaging storyline.
Scarlett is almost a secondary figure in this book. Our main characters are the despicable Jahl-Rin- a sadistic bandit who roams the countryside raping and pillaging at will. Joshua Melkoren-a man keen on doing anything for a few coins and Dera Harke-a woman being groomed, it seems by the intriguing and mysterious Prii. This book is much stronger in its character development. The extra length allows Toneye to dig a little deeper. The action scenes are tense and bloody and although relatively short, I didn’t feel short-changed at the books conclusion. Fans of dark fantasy will thoroughly enjoy this book, though I’d urge you to pick up the first book before this one. A brooding and grim atmosphere lingers throughout the story and I have a funny feeling that there will be no happy endings found here.
Toneye Eyenot continues to grow as a writer. Here he shows he has a great imagination and a flair for the fantastic and horrific. I feel an even darker journey waits and I’m looking forward to more from this dark author.
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