Darkly Wood – Book Review

This was another recommendation from friend and fellow blogger and author, Lesley Hayes. Darkly Wood, by Max Power is definitely one of those books I can see going on to do extremely well in the future, just as I’m sure his latest new book, Larry Flynn, will also be a success. Without a doubt this is one of my top picks for 2014.

As well being an author, Max Power is a prolific contributor to the Indie Author Review Exchange Fb group. Further information on Max Power and links to his writing can be found at his blog:

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Darkly Wood

By Max Power (available in eBook format from Amazon)

 

MP1This is a book that embodies horror, romance, and the paranormal in a way I’ve rarely seen. With a good opening narrative, right from the start the author conjures up an atmospheric sense of creepiness and the macabre reminiscent of a latter day Edgar Allan Poe or Dennis Wheatley, so much so that one can almost imagine Christopher Lee or Vincent Price playing the part of one of the characters, particularly that of Lord Terrance Darkly.

Initially we learn of the mystery and horror of Darkly Wood by way of the central character, Daisy May Coppertop, reading through a copy of a book of tales about Darkly Wood – a book within a book so to speak but at that point that’s all they are, just stories, but certainly nothing to be alarmed about, at least not yet.

What starts off as Daisy and Benjamin, intrigued by the apparent sight of strange looking boy in the distance, taking a seemingly innocent and pleasant walk along the edge of a nearby woodland soon turns into a a dark and fear filled battle not just to escape its clutches but simply to survive. Faced with ever increasing danger and a sense of time running out for them, the bond between Daisy, and Benjamin, her new found friend from the local village, grows into something much more than simple friendship or first love.

The writing technique is both clever and imaginative, using descriptive narrative to set the tone and atmosphere early on, using the opportunity to inform the reader of many nuggets of information that come into play later in the book, gradually introducing just the right balance of dialogue and action. The numerous but short chapters make for a very readable style of writing, and by way of the different tales of the book within the book, the author keeps the story alive and fresh throughout. In books such as this the author often requires the reader’s implicit consent to suspend their disbelief, but here the reader is left in no doubt whatsoever as to the mystery and horror of the wood; in one of the chapters the author cleverly demonstrates the ‘other worldliness’ of the wood when in one particular tale, someone trying to find their way out of the wood tries using their field craft skills to escape only to find all the laws of nature and physics don’t seem to apply in the heart of Darkly Wood. As the story progresses the seemingly unrelated tales of the wood draw closer to form an intricate pattern; surprises and shocks keep the reader entranced, drawing you in just as Daisy and Benjamin are drawn further and further into Darkly Wood. Filled with twists and turns and and new revelations at every juncture, an amazing and diverse array of characters, and a conclusion as eerie and unexpected as any pone could imagine, this is definitely one of my favourite reads of 2014.

 

Link to Max Power’s latest book:

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About echoesofthepen

Middle aged man, aspiring writer and author, one grown up son and young grand son, currently working in the rail industry but actively working to develop a writing career.

Posted on November 22, 2014, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Great review, Dan. I’m going to have to check this one out 🙂

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    • Lol.. just a reminder, the name is actually, ‘Paul’… glad you liked the review. The author is actually one of our Fb review group members, Christopher Max Power.

      Best wishes,
      Paul…

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  2. I am overly curious about this horror story. Thanks, Paul. I must read this one.

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  3. You do such a good job with book reviews. I think it really is an art form because some people just can’t make them interesting and some, like you, make me want to read a book I wouldn’t normally consider. Great job Paul.

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  4. Another excellent and perceptive review from you, Paul. You manage so well to convey the intricate dark heart of the novel. I haven’t read Max Power’s Larry Flynn yet, but your review is a timely reminder to push it to the top of my reading list.

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  5. I totally agree with your findings Paul and my sentiments about the author’s skills are reflected in my own review. To use a mixed metaphor, it’s a bit like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with attitude, or when the wheels come off completely. 🙂
    I too was particularly impressed by the introduction of the fragments that later build an even stronger foundation for the theory. A thoroughly good read.

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    • Yes, your review was pretty much on the money Tom. Loved all the twists and turns towards the end too – yet another great writer we’ve discovered, not to mention another prolific contributor to the group in supporting his fellow authors…

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  6. Reblogged this on Indie Author Review Exchange and commented:

    My review of Darkly wood, by Max Power, reblogged from my personal blog site…

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