Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Review Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves
PHOENIX AND THE DARKNESS OF WOLVES
By: Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Published by: Damnation Books LLC
Digital ISBN 978-1-61572-055-2
Print ISBN 978-1-61572-054-5
This review is based on a review copy provided by Damnation Books in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.
In Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves, Shane Jiraiya Cummings has crafted a dark novella teeming with evil and magic. His main character, Damon, hails from a long line of druids. When monsters from abroad threaten to consume his peaceful existence, he creates magic to protect his family from himself and from the powerful druids attempting to stop the monsters.
Mr. Cummings has created a story intense with emotion, action, and imagery. He takes the reader on a journey across a ravaged country turned to ash by a fire elemental out of control. Damon's family is trapped in the form of shadow wolves, and Damon's own soul is lost to him. He believes he is the last human alive and desperately seeks to bring his family back to him. His quest is to reclaim his soul and hopefully restore the family he so desperately misses.
As he travels the ash-covered countryside, Damon's family comes to him in the short hours between dusk and twilight. As the days pass, the line between human and animal grows thinner and Damon is in peril from the ones he loves best. Can he find his soul and the lost magic which will right the wrong? Take the journey Mr. Cummings has prepared, and I know you won't be disappointed. As a long time fantasy reader, I found this page turning novella, Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves, quite satisfying and recommend it as an enjoyable read.