I was not sure what to expect when I picked up this novel to read and review. There was a warning that this was a very dark novel, and so it was. It deals with the most difficult emotions and situations. It is filled with disturbing scenes, where the characters face their utter most guilt and despair given life. And it sure is not pretty. But then, when I think of what Hell could be, if there is such a place, it is in my mind a fitting description. A place where you are tormented endlessly with your own fears, guilt and despair, to relive your past grievous mistakes until you are driven mad.
But this novel was also so inspiring in that it showed the true nature of human spirit and survival. That in the most abysmal of places, and scenarios, where there is hope and determination, there is salvation. I took with me a big message in this novel that giving up should never be an option. That even the ‘damned’ are still human souls, and no matter what transpired in life, there is hope. That is the message I enjoyed the most about this story.
It was very well written and imaginative. I am boggled by the level of detail in this novel during the final battle. Every attack, every swoop of the enemy, and counter swoop, was meticulously described on paper in the most intricate detail. I could visualize every swing of a sword, every move by every character involved in the scene. And the emotion… it was palpable and believable. You could feel the fear, the utter feeling of hopelessness, and then the refusal to given in, the PUSH for that little bit of strength that got them just a little further in their quest.
This was a well written novel. I was very engaged from beginning to end and would recommend this novel for those interested in the synopsis to definitely pick it up.