Darkness Is Not Eternal


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
573 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2019
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Author Biography

Sidney L. Jackson is an accomplished novelist and short story writer who brings to the reader wholesome stories that will both entertain and enlighten him or her about the spiritual value of Biblical knowledge. As the reader is engaged in the various adventures and challenging situations which mirror real life, Sidney’s novels provide within the novel relevant scriptures that deal with the predicaments. Born 1942, New York City in the section of the metropolis known as Harlem, Sidney was exposed, at an early age, to many of the situations that he writes about. He spent his later childhood and young adult years growing up in the city of Newark, NJ where his interests in music and sociology was spawned. After high school, he matriculated at Hampton University where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. While studying at this university, during the years of the early Civil Rights movements, he became aware of the disparity between what many religious patrons preached and what they practiced. This led to his interest in Biblical studies and the relevance of scripture to life’s journey. With this in mind, he furthered his education at Seton Hall University and Rutgers University studying at the post graduate level guidance and counseling and business modeling. His other novels are “The Big Lie” and “Kingdom Planet” which may be found on his website. Contact information and more about the author may be found online at http://www.elcidsbooks.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Darkness Is Not Eternal is an intense work of historical and supernatural fiction penned by author Sidney L. Jackson. Set in the South during some of the United States’s darkest days of slavery, mistreatment and racial prejudice, the story takes its readers deep into the hearts and minds of those on both sides of the class divide. In an intimate exploration of the forbidden connections between masters and slaves, we are introduced to the players from two families struggling with supernatural incursions in their lives. Though they come from different worlds, shared experiences draw parallels between them that they might never have thought of, testing their faith against darkness and showing them the way to a brighter future.

Fans of atmospheric fiction will enjoy the work of author Sidney L. Jackson for the dialogue alone, which sight-reads with the Southern dialect and brings its characters off the page into literal living color from the moment they appear. The plot itself features many intense moments, relationship thrills and a rather startling conclusion. Overall, the general themes of character depth, the threat of darkness and the struggle which seems endless are central to the story and re-emerge many times. Jackson’s character development is key, giving us intimate insight through close-up narration so that we can hear the characters' thoughts in our heads and feel the very visceral sensations of the uncertainty and danger that they undergo during the tale. Overall, Darkness Is Not Eternal is well worth sticking with if you enjoy its unique narrative style, and will bring the darkest elements of America’s past to light with a harrowing tale that does offer some hope at its end.