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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
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.