Monday, September 7, 2009
Book Review for 'The Dark Path' by Luke Romyn
'The Dark Path', written by Luke Romyn and published by Wild Child Publishing, is the story of Martin Roberts who, having watched his wife and daughter die cruel and tortured deaths right before his eyes, becomes the accomplished assassin Vain. Also referred to as The Dark Man, Vain is an absolute expert at the killer-for-hire game and the reason he is so good is because he unquestionably enjoys his work. No longer caring about himself or his previous life, he becomes an expert in death, dolling out punishment for the highest bidder. He is so accomplished at his profession that his name is only spoken in whispers and anyone who meets him and lives to tell about it, also lives in fear of the evil that emanates from his very soul.
That is, until he meets Priest, who finds the The Dark Man and aids him when he is left for dead. But Priest has a mission for Vain; one that will literally take him on a journey to Hell and back. Vain will have to do battle with the ages-old and unbelievably powerful Empath; leader of The Souls of Sordarrah, and all his evil minions. All this to save the life of the Avun-Riah, a young boy named Sebastian, who, if sacrificed to the Sordarrah, would bring about the fall of mankind and allow the dominion of Evil to reign forever more on earth.
Luke Romyn has descriptively brought to life the most gruesomely evil-incarnate harbingers of Hell while also bringing forth the most Divine visions of Heavenly entities in this imaginative and gripping story of a man turned evil by hatred and then redeemed by caring. Mr. Romyn's sprawling vistas of unholy places and unnatural beings will make you glad you live in the normal world and may make you a little afraid to turn out the lights. This story is wonderfully written and excitingly powerful from beginning to end. I absolutely enjoyed this book and will be anxious to pick up another Luke Romyn masterpiece in the very near future.
I give this book a 4-spider rating.