Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Darklands by M.L. Spencer is an extraordinary fantasy with exceptional characters, a huge conflict involving a people’s cry for freedom, and magic, and redemption. Meet Darien, a prodigy who once sold his soul to a dark god whose bidding he is now compelled to do. Now the arduous task of saving the people of the Dark Lands is entrusted to him. He has to deal with the hatred of the people, handle his own inner demons, and face a curse that could destroy him? Can he become the man he is called to be and lead his people to true freedom? Book Three of the Rhenwars Saga, this story explores the themes of self-discovery and freedom, amongst many others. Darien is a sophisticated character in whom multiple worlds open for readers.
One of the things I enjoyed enormously about M.L. Spencer’s work is the beauty of the language. The words seem to flow from a place of energy, a place of magic, and they ring through with an appeal that is irresistible. The prose is nothing but exquisite and it is sprinkled with powerful descriptions and intelligently crafted dialogues. There is a permeating sense of darkness about the setting, the barrenness of it staring the reader defiantly in the eyes. The characters are plucked from a dream world, a place where our fantasies take root. I enjoyed Darien and the transformation taking place within him. There is a beautiful lesson about this fantasy — that painful experiences awaken us and shape us into the persons we are meant to be. The complex plot, coupled with the exciting setting and the memorable characters make Darklands a perfect read for fans of fantasy.