Monday, November 02, 2009

Review: The Darkness Within by Joseph S. Meraz

Title: Mystic Quest: The Darkness Within
Author:Joseph S. Meraz
Genre: fantasy
Price: $12.99
Publisher: Tate
ISBN: 9781606964170
Point of Sale: Amazon
Reviewed by: veinglory

I wanted to like this book, but alas I comprehensively failed--so I will keep this mercifully brief. The Darkness Within is technically clean and well presented. However it has all the depth and pathos of a cut price fantasy war game. None of the characters, events or the entire world seem real. The names of people and places are jerked brutally from their historical context and feudal characters use language like "significant other" to refer to a girlfriend.

Characters referred to monotonously by some sobriquets like "the fair maiden" or "the warrior" move across a simplistic game board and engage in battles devoid of any kind of inconvenient topography or confusion, in which everyone can see exactly what is happening and only the actions of a half dozen people seem to be significant. Overall the book seems to be the work of a very undeveloped talent and, as such, at best a learning opportunity for the author. And given that the publisher is Tate (charging $4000 and up) it seems that it was an expensive lesson.

Rating: 2/10


Chris Gerrib said...

At least he got a decent cover for his four grand... ;-)

Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

Poor guy.

Emily Veinglory: said...

I met the author, and he is a nice guy--and the book is nicely presented. I dithered over whether to be 100% honest in my response, and decided that I had to be.

p.s. this review is based on my bought copy.

Chris Gerrib said...

It's a shame when nice people fall for the "self-publish for fame and fortune" routine.