In a land where light and dark are bastions of power, the Draska are healers and magicians of the Light. Elainya and her beloved Drenil serve in the court of King Cydril. But Cydril covets Elainya for his own.
When the king threatens Drenil's life, a mysterious traveler helps the couple escape. But not all helpful travelers can be trusted.
Eighty years later, Elainya awakens as if from a restless night's sleep. She is greeted by Nian, servant of the traveler-demon known as the Shadow Lord. Nian informs her that her beloved is dead, the kingdom at war, and the Draska destroyed by a plague that only she could have prevented.
Caught between the powers of Shadow and Light, Elainya must find a way beyond her grief to defeat the demon, redeem the kingdom, and restore a magical race doomed by her own desperation.
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Dominion of Darkness is a work of fiction in the epic fantasy, interpersonal drama, and adventure subgenres, and was penned by author Deleyna Marr. The work is intended for the general reading audience and contains no extreme content, but some mild threat and fantasy peril. Our protagonist is Elainya, whom we first meet when she catches the eye of a covetous king who attempts to put an end to her great love Drenil’s life. So when Elainya wakes up and suddenly discovers that eighty years have passed, the land she once knew has been vastly altered. What results is a highly engrossing tale of war, magic, and rising above grief that is sure to keep readers turning the pages from cover to cover.
Author Deleyna Marr has crafted a work of fiction that offers its readers as much emotional involvement and excitement in the character development as it does in its presentation of an incredible war-torn fantasy land on the brink of destruction. One of the most essential features to this work is the talent the author displays in worldbuilding, through such details as the folklore and ancient beliefs of the people, and the unique spin on darkness versus light which is crafted especially well and doesn’t rely on old tricks or tropes to stand on its own two feet. Elainya felt so real and present, integral to every scene she’s in, and her development was one that made you feel proud of a fictional figure, which is quite a feat. Overall, I would highly recommend Dominion of Darkness to fans of high fantasy with fantastic adventure moments, deeply resonant characters facing real emotional strife, and for readers of accomplished fantasy writing everywhere.
-- Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
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