The Darkness That Slept

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
741 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2021
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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.

K.C. Finn

The Darkness That Slept is a work of fiction in the epic fantasy genre. It is suitable for all ages and was penned by Keegan and Tristen Kozinski. Set in a rich fantasy world with factions preparing to make their moves for power and glory, all are unaware that a greater threat than each other is preparing to descend upon them. The Dread Lords have faded from history into legend, but now one of them has awoken and is seeding the conflicts necessary to weaken the land for their return. With those aware of the danger few in number, the world may be easy pickings for the returning darkness.

The Darkness That Slept is a captivating and unpredictable fantasy novel of epic proportions that will keep you on the edge of your seat. One of my favorite things about this novel was the author’s wealth of imagination that aided in crafting a world with depth and intrigue. I found both the plot and the characters to be immersive and well thought out, which made the book feel fully developed and three-dimensional. Authors Tristen and Keegan Kozinski balanced the intensity of the plot well, adding moments of humour that gave a nice break from the grittier parts of the novel. I look forward to reading further novels and would not hesitate to recommend this book to fans of epic and engaging fantasy novels and anyone looking for a book that will grip them and allow them to escape from reality for a while.

Rabia Tanveer

The Darkness That Slept by Tristen Kozinski and Keegan Kozinski is an epic fantasy where there is plenty of action and drama. What would you do if your world was destined to be destroyed in chaos? Things are changing, and it seems like no one is aware of it. The North is about to be taken over by the New Order comprised of demons and wizards. However, one of them is not so keen on the devastation the New Order is planning. Valeriius in the South is hungry for more power, while his gladiator hopes for anything that would stop this emptiness inside him. Some in the West are looking for more power while the rest are scrambling to save the world. Unbeknownst to them, evil is sitting on the outskirts, just waiting for the right moment to strike. No one is safe, not even their gods. Who will protect the world if it thrives on chaos?

The Darkness That Slept is an intricate story with a complex universe that the authors handled exceptionally well. It would have been so much easier for the story to get muddled and confusing, but Tristen and Keegan Kozinski masterfully directed the narrative to become cohesive. The worldbuilding is out of this world, and the atmosphere is suspenseful. While too many characters can be a little overwhelming, the authors made sure each character had enough page space for readers to connect with them. Out of all the characters, Dieharamon is my favorite. His existence is soulless, yet he craves anything that will make him feel something. I hated Slade with a passion and sympathized with Brimares. Brimares is my second favorite character. She is aware of her actions; she is ready to do whatever it takes to take a stand and fight for what she believes is right. Valeriius is despicable, and I hated him with a passion. The narrative is powerful, fast-paced, and entertaining; it leaves the reader wanting more and enjoying it at the same time. I hope there is a sequel because I have so many questions!

Ruffina Oserio

The Darkness That Slept by Tristen and Keegan Kozinski is an epic fantasy that brilliantly explores a complex conflict, featuring compelling characters and rollicking, nonstop action. Cardolyn Tyier is the insatiable God-Emperor who has plans of conquering more kingdoms. In the Southern regions, the rich Kalvonders indulge in gory entertainments and vices, oblivious to the threat that is heading their way. Crusaders from the East are determined to impose their own beliefs on everyone. Meanwhile, an ancient evil known as the Muntalabacs is rising. The Dread Lords are awakening and the Avenar know that one of them is resurrected for they can feel his footsteps across the world. To stop the evil from steering the world towards the precipice, they will need more than their strength.

This is one of those fantasy tales that made me feel like I was watching the movie 300 starring Gerard Butler. The impeccable world-building and the authors’ gift for developing a phenomenal conflict take this narrative to a bestseller level. The authors have created a thrilling fantasy with hidden gems for fans of the genre, with suspense so masterly woven into the story that it keeps the reader racing through the pages. We encounter sharp and sophisticated characters, enmeshed in a world filled with mystery and the struggle of a lifetime to save the world from impending doom. The novel seems to answer the question: What happens when the darkness that slept suddenly awakens? Tristen and Keegan Kozinski have crafted a story and imagined a world in which danger is always lurking around the corner and where the threat from powerful darkness leads characters to rethink their space in that world. It is cleverly plotted and executed with the mastery of genius.