By Jordan Frost
Date Reviewed: February 12, 2020
Release Date: September 2, 2018
The first book in the New Dawn's Light series draws you in and leaves you wanting more. Jordan Frost has created a fantasy world that you can immerse yourself in.
Whispers in the Dark won't have any problems keeping your attention. There is plenty of action, intrigue and suspense. You also have to keep up with several characters' plotlines. This could be confusing, but Jordan Frost has made it easy to keep everything straight.
Her writing is descriptive and keeps the story flowing. Readers will also be captivated by the unlikely heroes. Jensen, Titus, Solana and the others all have noticeable flaws. It is these flaws that help them succeed in their adventures.
Some of the writing might be disturbing to sensitive readers. It can be graphic, violent and the characters' thoughts are not always pleasant. However, this is also what helps make Whispers in the Dark a great story. Readers already know that the heroes are pirates, Harvesters, and sorcerers. Without their dark characteristics they would not be believable.
Readers will definitely see some of Jordan Frost's previous experience with roleplaying games. This is evident along with some of the Tolkien inspired villains. Readers won't feel like they are rereading old characters, only that the book has a sense of familiarity. This is comforting when the story takes a dark turn.
Whispers in the Dark is not a happy, lighthearted story. Instead it is full of struggles and character realizations. Some discover that they can be better than they thought, while others delve deeper into their dark side. Be prepared for twists and turns, Whispers in the Dark will keep readers turning the pages as fast as they can.
The book starts with a quote that grabs readers' attention: "Out of the darkness, a new leader shall arise to gain dominion over all the land." Starting off with Jensen and Solana, the other primary characters each make their entrance from there. While each character has his or her own storyline to follow, readers will find themselves early on wondering who will finally supplant Kane as Midori's ruler.
This could easily be the next favorite fantasy series. It is geared more for adults but this is mainly due to its length and occasional violent content. Otherwise, the first book has everything readers look for. The plot is exciting and moves at a fast pace. The characters are well defined, along with the world they live in. We can only hope that the next book in the series doesn't take long to hit the shelves.
Whether you are looking for a new fantasy author or want something a little familiar, Jordan Frost's Whispers in the Dark delivers. It is a strong start to what seems to be a fascinating and exciting new fantasy series.
"Out of the darkness, a new leader shall arise to gain dominion over all the land."
Jordan Frost is a freelance writer who lives in Grand Haven, Michigan with her family. She is an avid roleplayer and gamer whose background includes several transformative novels. Her current series and planned future series were born from characters and worlds created during a two-year long interactive story that started as a tabletop RPG. Readers can connect with her on her website.
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