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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Darkness That Slept by Tristen Kozinski and Keegan Kozinski is an epic fantasy with great plot points and phenomenal characters. The human world is besieged by a multitude of problems. While the God-Emperor Cardolyn Tyier considers expanding his kingdom, the Kalvonders are content to indulge in entertainments of a very low nature, exploring their bestial instincts. A fanatical group is bent on imposing their religion on others. While all these things are taking place, the greatest threat to humanity is awakening. It is the Muntalabacs: Dread Lords. The Avenar are aware that one of the Dread Lords has awakened and they can feel his footsteps across the globe. The Avenar are the last hope of humanity, but can they muster the force to hold back this ancient evil before it engulfs the world with darkness or is it too late?
This is an enthralling story with a great plot. It is well-crafted and the shifts in storyline create the suspense that makes it even more enjoyable. The world Tristen Kozinski and Keegan Kozinski create is fascinating, with characters that are robust and intrigue abounding; the lust for power dominates the narrative and this theme is deftly handled from different perspectives — religious, political, and social. The novel features the finesse of the craft, bursting with the wild vision that the best epic fantasy story tellers espouse. I was enthralled by the complicated characters and the unpredictability in plot development. The Darkness That Slept is original, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined — just how a good epic fantasy should be written. One of the most entertaining books I have read after Game of Thrones.