Title: Queen of the Dark Things
Author: C. Robert Cargill
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Publishing date: 2014
If it stops hurting, it isn’t really love. (pg. 168)
Synopsis: A sequel to Dreams and Shadows, Queen of the Dark Things weaves together the stories of a handful of supernatural beings including Colby the wizard, the anti-hero who survived the horrors of Cargill’s first novel. In addition to Colby and his djinn (genie) named Yashar, we’re introduced to a new cast of characters in Queen of the Dark Things–dreamwalkers, Clever Men, gods, demons, shadows, monsters, and more–whose lives are woven together–for better or worse–by destiny itself. In this brooding fantasy thriller, Colby faces even tougher decisions with even graver consequences in an effort to save himself and his few remaining friends.
Opinion: Although book two did not have as many breathtaking sentences and pause-let-me-read-that-again moments, it was a heart-pumping fantasy page turner, and I loved every moment of it. Cargill pushes the imagination into far darker places than you ever thought possible, leaving you in awe of the creativity and evil he’s able to dream up.
Similar to Dreams and Shadows, Queen of the Dark Things touches on some critical themes: vengeance, destiny, choice, and morality. He makes you question what choices are really good ones, how much control we have over our own fate, what makes us powerful, and what does it mean to do something bad for the right reasons.
His action builds effortlessly, making these books a breeze and a pleasure to read. I could hardly put it down and was already aching for more when it was over. I hope there’s a third still to come in this well-plotted, well-executed series.
Overall: 4 out of 5
Who Should Read This Book: Anyone who enjoyed Dream and Shadows. Read that. Then read this. They’re both worth it.