Netherrealm Book 1

Heed the Darkness

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
382 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2020
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Author Biography

I'm an Australian Speculative Fiction Author with 18 short stories published in 14 anthologies, web journals & ezines. I began writing full-time in 2005.
I studied Creative Writing & Writing for Publication at the WEA, 2005-06 & joined the Hunter Writers' Centre. In 2009, Brian Joyce (former HWC director) asked me to facilitate the Women@theLockup writers' group & encouraged me to apply for a LitLink Mentorship, which I received in 2010, with Jenny Blackford, an award-winning speculative-fiction author/poet.

My debut novel, ‘Netherrealm’, Book 1, Heed the Darkness, is a mixed genre of Historical/Contemporary/Sci-fi/Paranormal Speculative-Fiction series and is available on Amazon. Netherrealm Book 1 is the recipient of a Silver “Recommended Read” Badge from The 2019 Author Shout Ready Reader Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the Readers’ Favorite 2020 International Book Awards.
I’m now plodding/striving away on the next two books in the Netherrealm trilogy, Plunge into Darkness & Castdown Darkness.
I live in Newcastle, NSW, AUS, with my sons Daniel, Ryan, Caiden and I'm also a belly dancer & perform with Silk Caravan Bellydance.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Netherrealm Book 1: Heed the Darkness is a work of fiction in the historical, mystery/intrigue, and romance sub-genres, and was penned by author Kim Michelle Ross. Combining many different elements of medieval life to deliver a truly epic work, this engrossing and engaging novel brings the past to meet the future when two young people from 2003 find themselves linked mentally to Bethany de Lise and Gerrat de Ashbore in the 12th century. As tensions rise for the pair and Bethany faces competition for the noble knight’s hand, mystic forces and portals through time may just be the key to surviving the brutal medieval age and finding some kind of happily ever after.

Author Kim Michelle Ross delivers an epic work which packs a lot into its pages to be sure that audiences are positively drenched in drama. Fans of historical romances will undoubtedly love the commitment put into the faithfulness which the author displays to courtship and the perception of love at the time. I, for one, really enjoyed the rivalry between Bethany and Elena, which took some fantastic and emotive twists and turns along the way. The wider plot also expands way beyond the realms of romance, encapsulating both a realistic view of how raw and savage life could be in the medieval age, but also intelligently weaving modern elements and fantasy twists into the plot to enhance our perspective. Overall, Netherrealm Book 1: Heed the Darkness is a promising start to a new series that will engross its readers from cover to cover.