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Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"The Dark Man’s Son" is a fascinating and hugely successful combination of paranormal and historical fiction. There is an intriguing mixture of writing styles too - narrative and a journal. The author’s versatility continues in the plot, which provides a fresh approach to the paranormal. Vampires are scarce on the ground - this is a domain where various forms of demons rule. Jason is mugged by what turns out to be a couple of demons, but is rescued by the mysterious Alex with her green eyes that change to gold and her sword that shines from time to time. Jason is surprised to learn that he is a key figure in the current struggle against the Dark. It is all thanks to his grandfather Latimer and his father Cassius. He also learns that Alex is a Guardian who has always been there for his family. It is a lot to take on but Jason retains his humour and humanity in the struggles that come.
This is an enthralling story. The pace is fast and the author never wastes a word but keeps the tension and excitement all the way through. There are welcome touches of humour too. The characters we meet are all intriguing and develop before our eyes. We also see the world in which they live carefully built up so that we understand how this version of reality operates and impinges on Jason’s life. Religions come under scrutiny too and the theme of good versus evil, light versus dark, is central to this story. This book is the first in the Guardian Companions series. Meg Whitlock has set herself a very high standard in her future writing but I have no doubt she will meet it.