Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Review: Trusting Darkness by Eva Fairwald

Trusting Darkness
by Eva Fairwald

Synopsis (in the author's/publisher's words)

Captain Ella Dorsh is tough, skilled and… screwed. She is pretty sure that the enemy is leading the game and that war is going to reach the surface very soon, but humans are not ready yet.
The Underkingdom is impoverished and its population of dark elves wants to conquer the world and rule. Ella and the other “Reborn Divisions” are the only real chance to fight the enemy on the same level: elves against elves to spare precious human lives. However, nothing is as simple as it seems and darkness hides more than Ella had ever imagined.

The story is set in our world in a near future. It has some sci-fi and dystopian elements and a strong female lead that will kick your ass!
This novel is about Elvish soldiers caught in the middle of something too big to avoid and about dangerous secrets that will change life and history forever. 

I was actually really looking forward to reading this book when it was sent to me. I loved the cover (to me, it was reminiscent of the old comic book and sci-fi novel covers) and the premise sounded like a fun and interesting read.
What first struck me about this book is how the author chose to establish the characters and their relationships. One thing that I do find lacking in many modern paranormal and dystopian stories is a lack of character development and establishing. Fairwald, on the other hand, takes the time to really show who the people are and therefore, make them relatable, understandable, and ones you can empathize and sympathize with. And I also feel that those seeking out a strong female lead to read about will not be disappointed in Captain Ella Dorsch.
The scenes and settings are beautifully constructed and the plot and pacing of the story - overall - flows very well.
There were a couple scenes where I felt the reader could have still gotten the point if some details were shortened, but overall, I found this to be a very exciting and page turning read, and it has a nice blend of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and dystopian elements.
If anyone were to ask me to compare this book to anything, I would say it's Lord of the Rings meets Battlestar Galactica. I would also recommend adding it to your summer reading list.

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