Review of Darksoul

This forum is for volunteer reviews by members of our review team. These reviews are done voluntarily by the reviewers and are published in this forum, separate from the official professional reviews. These reviews are kept separate primarily because the same book may be reviewed by many different reviewers.
Forum rules
Authors and publishers are not able to post replies in the review topics.
Post Reply
User avatar
Neshboy Aburi
Posts: 403
Joined: 06 Jul 2021, 17:33
Favorite Book:
Currently Reading: The Great Migration
Bookshelf Size: 73
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Darksoul by L. Brooks

Review of Darksoul

Post by Neshboy Aburi »

[Following is a volunteer review of "Darksoul" by L. Brooks.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review

A single soul was created in the infinite darkness that permeated our Universe moments before our Creator conjured light. Harnessing its power from darkness, this soul was the most powerful soul ever created. For eons, the soul moved from one chosen host to another until it was eventually bound into an ancient artifact for millennia.

Orion and Sam are wealthy friends and club owners. A criminal cartel led by Michael Tyranny wants their clubs by all means possible. When the friends resist selling overtures, Michael employs goons to murder them and acquire the clubs forcibly. In the ensuing chaos, Sam is killed, while Orion is left only a breath away from death. Jeremiah, an old archeologist who was the keeper of the ancient artifact bearing the dark soul, makes Orion a deal—accept the soul and live or refuse and die. Orion chooses life.

Fame-seeking archeologists unearth an ancient pharaoh buried beneath the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The awakened pharaoh only feasted on human souls and was dethroned by a previous host of the dark soul. Driven by revenge and insatiable hunger—he believes only the dark soul can sate his hunger—he flies to America in search of his nemesis, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. As the three powerful forces stalk and hunt each other, there is bound to be a lot of collateral damage. Who will emerge the victor? Since Orion seems to be the only one with any semblance of empathy, will he be able to protect loved ones from his newfound enemies with total disregard for human life?

Darksoul by L. Brooks is an entertaining urban fantasy novel with a black gangster-like main character who is a reformed criminal. Orion speaks gangster slang, and unlike the common stereotype attached to affluent gangsters, he is very humble and likable. He has a soft spot for a news reporter named Cassandra, although the dark soul's insatiable sexual appetite leads him astray a few times. The author also allows Orion to make common mistakes like other ordinary humans, thus making him more relatable and realistic. I liked Orion's demeanor a lot.

The story was also entertaining, engaging, and full of action. Virtually every chapter had adrenaline-raising happenstances that constantly kept me on edge. The author also used many vocabularies previously unknown to me. I encountered words such as caterwaul, betwixt, buxom, bodacious, and confabulation, to name just a few. Readers should be prepared for a crash course in English vocabulary. I also liked how Brooks gave his characters fitting names. For example, Graveyard, Assassin, Fatal, and Deathblow were Michael's goons, the pharaoh was Soulchaser, and Michael was Tyranny.

On the negative side, the author used many dialogue tags and subtexts between the character's dialogues. They seemed more prominent than the contents of the dialogues themselves. The effect of this was that the plot and prose of the narrative sounded flat, thus arousing a feeling of over-described emotions and contexts of the scenes. Though the author edited the book professionally, I encountered a few errors, though they were not prominent enough to affect its readability.

In conclusion, I opine that this book's positive aspects outweigh the small dialogue issue mentioned above. The book's excellent story, including its relatable, almost human-like superhero main character, compels me to award the book 4 out of 4 stars. The book is also full of gory scenes, explicit sexual content, and a language only suitable for adults. Specifically, fans of mythical and supernatural fantasy novels will enjoy this book.

View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon
Latest Review: Darksoul by L. Brooks
User avatar
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1670
Joined: 12 Oct 2020, 10:35
Currently Reading: Verity
Bookshelf Size: 127
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Power Of Our Inner Gremlins by Suzanne Daplyn

Post by PeterRabitt20 »

This dark soul seems to also have so much life experience if he/she's been around for some time. I like the antagonistic personality of the protagonist. Thanks for the review!
User avatar
Posts: 453
Joined: 15 Sep 2021, 23:50
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Currently Reading: The Fourth Kinetic
Bookshelf Size: 52
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Smart Love by Vincent Fudge II
fav_author_id: 2484

Post by Humera955 »

:tiphat: This fantasy novel sounds quite different.
thanks for this amazing reveiw.
Posts: 247
Joined: 04 Dec 2021, 22:07
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 19
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Man Mission by Eytan Uliel

Post by Hana_Fabro »

I think the friendship between Orion and Sam smells luxury; they might probably living their luxurious lives to the best. Thanks for your wonderful review.
User avatar
Hyacinth Bella
Posts: 926
Joined: 19 Aug 2021, 08:15
Currently Reading: Pride and Prejudice
Bookshelf Size: 98
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Magician's Secret by Charles Townsend

Post by Hyacinth Bella »

I think that this book is horrifyingly awesome in its own way that would make me turn the pages as fast as I could. Thank you for the review!
Oyedeji Funmilayo
Posts: 1297
Joined: 02 Jun 2022, 14:17
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 94
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Biblical Clock by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon

Post by Oyedeji Funmilayo »

I have read the book and it is interesting to note how things turned out to be.i appreciate the author's writing style and character development. I enjoyed reading through your review too, congratulations!!!
Post Reply

Return to “Volunteer Reviews”