3 out of 4 stars
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Warriors in the Mist: A Medieval Dark Fantasy by Susan Kailor has an intriguing plot. The protagonists, Kamara Lania and Kayente Ketola, are personifications of light and darkness. On the other hand, the antagonist is the magical embodiment of nothingness. The nothingness is supposed to serve as a tiny bridge between light and darkness. However, light and darkness have separated themselves so much that the nothingness has increased to the point where it seeks to swallow both light and darkness into oblivion. It is up to Kamara and Kayente to prevent this tragedy.
There is so much detail packed into this novel that it is surprising it was all able to fit into a little under five hundred pages. I believe that this would have been much better as a trilogy or at least a two-part novel. There were 34 chapters in total. Up to chapter 22, the pacing of the book was slow but there was steady progression that kept me intrigued. However, from chapter 23 onward the pace of the story felt very rushed. Also, the fantasy content also increased from chapter 23. Kailor inserted a few twists into the stories that were fun but could have been better developed if the pacing was not so rushed.
I enjoyed many things about this novel. The author utilizes her M.A in Human Relations and Behavior and her B.S in Sociology to portray themes such as romantic love, pride, hate, various family relations and religion. Both the main and supporting characters were very well developed. However, I did find Kamara to be annoyingly gullible at times, but this might be explained by the fact that she was sheltered from the harsh realities of this world for most of her life. Also, I really enjoyed the ending. It was bittersweet for me personally, but I am sure that other readers might find it just sad or happy depending on the level of attachment that they form with the characters in this book.
Moreover, there were a few erotic scenes throughout the story. I was glad that they were not steamy. The writing style resembled the King James version of the bible (old English). I did not note any major formatting and grammatical error, which is always a very good sign when reviewing a book.
In conclusion, I rate Warriors in the Mist 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this to anyone who fancies romance fantasy books. I would have awarded full stars if the pacing was not so rushed near the end.
Warriors in the Mist
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