A Wicked Kind of Dark (The Minaea Chronicles #1) by Jonathan K. Benton

A Wicked Kind of Dark (The Minaea Chronicles #1)

Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise o...


Details A Wicked Kind of Dark (The Minaea Chronicles #1)

TitleA Wicked Kind of Dark (The Minaea Chronicles #1)
ISBN9781922200068
Author
Release DateSep 3rd, 2013
PublisherOdyssey Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
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Reviews A Wicked Kind of Dark (The Minaea Chronicles #1)

  • Pop Bop
    2014-07-22
    Measured and Elegant YA Fantasy/RomanceI enjoyed this book because, while it doesn't necessarily break any new ground, what it does it does very well.We have a parallel fae world and a hero and a heroine who travel between that fantastical world and a pretty gritty version of our world. The two are fated to be a couple, and after a bout of amnesia our hero realizes he needs to return to the fae world to save his love and to save both worlds from ...
  • Finola
    2013-09-09
    Be warned: this tale sinks its hooks in early. The blood moon motif, featured on the cover, is an incredibly effective device to draw you in from the opening chapters and intensify the sense of urgency towards the ultimate climax.The social consciousness imbuing A Wicked Kind Of Dark provides depth. There is a lovely parallel of the everyday, humble heroism at the soup kitchen with the earth-shattering powers of pillar fae. There is also a juxtap...
  • Vicky Nelson
    2013-09-09
    As a fast reader with an insatiable appetite for fiction, I am always on the lookout for up and coming authors whose work I can follow. After reading Jonathan K Benton's debut novel, "A Wicked Kind of Dark", I have a new favourite author to add to my list!What I truly love about this book is how relatable the characters and locations are. Many fantasy writers seem to make their worlds so far removed from our own that I find it impossible to conne...
  • Tasman Anderson
    2014-10-27
    "Review published in the October 28th 2014 edition of the Gold Coast Bulletin"WHOA. Can I just say that I’ve never had a book that has made me laugh, cry and frown all in one sitting. Benton’s debut novel, A Wicked Kind of Dark, follows the witty Robert Duncan who is left with a large part of his memory missing after an incident from his childhood. Robert finds himself obsessed with a beautiful red-haired girl whose familiarity continues to b...
  • Vanya D.
    2013-11-11
    NOTE: I received this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.It's official - this book barely took me to the end. It was unrealistic, it was shallow, it was unbelievable. Perhaps it was written for middle grade audience, but then again, if that were the case why would the characters be 17+ years old? I just feel a bit sorry I wasted my time on it. Honestly, there are only a handful of books that have made me write something like tha...
  • Kate
    2013-08-18
    It starts with a phone call, mysterious graffiti and a name. Luthien.Robert Duncan can’t remember six months of his life after his parents died in a tragic house fire. One day he gets a phone call from a woman screaming at him to help Luthien before it’s too late – the only problem is that Robert has never heard the name before… or maybe he has. Robert sees a painting of a beautiful flame-haired girl and knows instinctively that it’s he...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2013-08-18
    A Wicked Kind of Dark is a debut urban fantasy novel and the first in a planned series named The Minaea Chronicles. Author Jonathan K. Benton introduces eighteen year old Robert Duncan, who as a child was badly hurt in a fall and lost six months of his memory, a period he calls the Winter of No Content. Robert has always wondered about the mysterious gap, then a static filled phone call, a portrait of a somehow familiar flame haired woman and gra...
  • Romina
    2014-01-06
    Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise o...
  • Amy H
    2013-09-03
    i got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review..i really could not get into this book. i wanted to read this book because of the cover, and it was nothing like i thought it was going to be. i am not a mythology kind of person, and i thought this book was a fantasy book with witches, goblins, etcRobert Duncan can't remember six months of his life after his parents died in a tragic house fire. One day he gets a phone call from ...
  • Carrie
    2013-08-26
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I admit it -- I had a really hard time getting through this book. I think I wasn't really prepared for style and genre. Maybe if the cover showed me a fantasy world filled with pixies and goblins, I might have been better prepared. I'm not one for high fantasy books and the first 50% was filled with a lot of world building big fantasy that scared me a lot. We get very rapidly thrown ...
  • Jennifer Scott
    2014-02-07
    I received a copy of this story through Net Galley. yay books!Possible spoilers ahead.I liked the general idea for this story, and the story in itself wasn't too bad...but, well, I felt that everything in the book happened without feeling. I don't know, maybe it's just me. I also felt that most of this story happened too fast (again without emotion) while other parts happened too slow. I also felt that I knew what was going to happen before certa...
  • Sheree
    2013-09-06
    2.5 starsAn imaginative debut, but unfortunately not one that worked for me. That said, there were things that I found enjoyable, so I'm torn between a 2.5 and 3 rating. Much of the phrasing is lovely, quite lyrical but the earlier dialogue and flow of the story felt awkward. I didn't care much at all for the characters, Robert included, however Allaria from the world of fae was a feisty and funny addition to the cast, she stole the show. Alterna...
  • Chrissy J
    2013-09-14
    ‘A wicked kind of dark’ is a great read‘A wicked kind of dark’ grabbed my attention and time from the first page. This genre is not usually my thing but Benton writes a story that is not only beautifully crafted but is also gripping and whimsical. The imagery used paints wonderful pictures of the people and places, and makes the magical elements such as the demons and star gems quite real. The characters are well developed and their stori...
  • Bobbie
    2013-08-31
    For starters, the prologue of this book totally threw me and nearly made me put it down again. It's very 'high fantasy', whereas from chapter one we're given a big chunk of urban normality... until Minaea. Later on the book becomes a mesh of urban and fantasy life, so the prologue makes more sense then. I thought the book was very well-written, lyrical and almost poetic at times, honest and straight at other times, but for some reason it just did...
  • Shannon
    2013-08-14
    I'm um-ing and ah-ing between 3.5 stars and 4...on the one hand I really did enjoy the whole premise. The idea of the connected worlds and the mirrored twin souls was fascinating and there's some really distinctive and lovable characters. Minaea was an amazing backdrop for parts of the book and I'd love to hear more about it. Robert's childhood imagination and innocence took me back to my own and I loved the play on the Winter of No Content. Clev...
  • Jesica Fico
    2013-09-19
    This book is pretty good and the story intriguing but there's something off about it. The way the narrative is told is just so analytical; you can't really connect with Robert. The writing style is one that tells us rather than shows us what's going on, if you've ever heard the phrase before. For example, there are parts where the author tells us that Robert's heart is beating really fast; problem is, mine isn't beating fast with it. The plot mig...
  • Stacy
    2013-08-26
    I received this book for an honest review.It took me until chapter 3 before I really got into the book. After that, I was pretty much sucked in. The imagery used reminded my of T.H. White's The Once and Future King. I felt as though I was with Robert and Luthien as they travelled through Minaea. A tale of a damsel in distress and the hero that has to remember why he might need to save her. We are taken on this journey as Robert struggles with his...
  • Gladys Quintal
    2013-10-11
    The story centres around a 17 year old Scottish boy named Robert Duncan, who due to trauma at the age of 10, was left with a big chunk of his memory missing. His parents die in a house fire and he goes to live with his older brother in London. A series of coincidences lead him to a painting of a beautiful red-haired girl and he is suddenly obsessed, having an overwhelming feeling that he knows her. Slowly his memory starts to return with the help...
  • Elizabeth Johnstone Evans
    2013-09-15
    O the places our imagination can take us! What a wonderous story!! An epic adventure of trying to make it threw life with love lost and the loss of childhood memories. Trials of hope and trust. A story thats sure to awakin the magin in us all. Intriguing discriptinons of beautiful land and the unimaginable places deep in your imagination. From one land to another! A battle between light and darkness that threatins both the real world and the imag...
  • Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald
    2013-09-21
    I love the cover and the red haired beauty brings more color and attention to the cover. I'm not sure but it feels like the book is a YA. THAT'S GREAT because my daughter and I can both read it if it is. I love that the book is about magic and the blood moon. I think this is going to be a great read and filled with excitement. Thanks so much for the giveaway and good luck to everyone.
  • Craig
    2013-09-13
    I Finished reading this book 2 days ago, My mum gave it to me and said to read it. I really liked the idea of minaea and loved the way he pieced it together. I thought Tala Lae was a great character and would love to enjoy to read more about her in the next book if there is one.
  • Trent
    2013-09-26
    This book was given to me by a friend who knows the author. I passed it on to my 11 year old. She loved it. She thinks Allaria the fairy is a funny character. She says the ending is sad and wants to find out what happens next.
  • Emilia Nagórna
    2013-08-30
    just amazing!
  • Carla Tunnicliffe
    2013-09-29
    I love the book and haven't wanted to put it down. The characters are interesting and lively. Can't wait for book 2.