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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A dark adversary is eliminating Celestials, beings of light, and a teenage boy and girl fight to save their younger siblings from his clutches in the entertaining fantasy novel, Aphotic by D. R. Mattox. Frozen in place, Joan is horrified to witness a Scant, an emissary of Dark abduct her brother, Leo. Using her abilities to bend time and space, she warps to find the residence of the keepers of the quantum device that opens the tunnel to a refuge for Celestials. She arrives in time to see a man and a woman taken by the same Scant who took Leo. Before he subdues them, the Scant taunts them with the fact he is coming back to take their children, Ko and Aileen. Seconds before they disappear, the mother drops the device on the floor for Joan. When Ko and Aileen arrive, Joan whisks them out of the grasp of the Scant and warps them to another place. The three attempt to locate the sanctuary and work out a way to rescue Leo. Can they elude the Scant and rescue Leo? Or is it already too late to save him?
The fantasy novel Aphotic by D. R. Mattox is an original analogy featuring the birth of dark and the resulting conflict with light. Applying scientific aspects of astrophysics and quantum physics, like time warps, molecular displacement, quasars, nebulas, and the fascinating concept of a black hole sucking out all light, it is a gripping story with enthralling concepts. Skillfully written, the story has a sound plot, an intriguing story world, and well-rounded characters. It is an entertaining novel that will delight those between the ages of twelve to eighteen who enjoy science fiction stories mixed with fantasy where young adults and children with powers outsmart the villains, save the day, and are the heroes.