Friday, December 21, 2012

Book Review: The Dark Man's Son by Meg Whitlock

The Dark Man's Son
Author: Meg Whitlock

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Synopsis: She claimed the muggers were demons, but of course Jason didn’t believe her. At first.
When a mysterious woman appears in a dirty alley to rescue Jason Latimer from a pair of muggers, he tries to write her off as a garden variety lunatic. But he can’t shake the memory of her intense green eyes that seemed to flash gold, or the glowing sword she’d worn on her hip.
She calls herself Alex (no last name) like she’d made it up on the spot, and she offers Jason her protection. From what, she can’t or won’t say. He refuses, and that night he dreams of a dark man with the same offer. His black eyes flash blood and garnet, and he smells of burning things. Jason refuses him, too.

A chance meeting brings Alex and Jason together again, and she tells him of the Guardians: two immortal beings created near the beginning of time with the express purpose of fighting for mortal-kind’s soul. She is Light, and the man from Jason’s dream is Dark. Jason must choose, because Lucifer, for reasons purely his own, has unleashed the armies of Hell to hunt Jason down.

But there are things about Jason that not even he knows, and he’ll face hard truths and bitter choices as he struggles to find his place in a world redefined. Will he rise to the challenge, or, when the time comes, will he falter?

Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Bridget Strahin
Review: Wow where do I start? When Jason, new to the city to take care of his recently deceased grandfather's estate, gets mugged he thinks it's by your everyday-run-of-the-mill baddies, but when the beautiful Alex intervenes to save him with her quick moves and out of place ninja skills. From her first words about demons, Jason thinks Alex is the mayor of Crazy Town. But later that night, Jason is visited by another-very- dark character and his outlook on life and reality quickly get re-evaluated as Jason must quickly learn how to navigate in his new role through a world that was kept hidden from him.

Whitlock brings to the table an intricate and perplexed novel by weaving together old school mythology with some fresh ideas. The story is fast paced and at some points a little confusing. Some of the characters go by several names, which, were hard to keep up with. Some of the dialogue seemed out of place. Especially the amount of curse words used by the Guardian of Light. The ending was great; my favorite part of the whole book and I can't wait to see what else is in store for Jason and Co.
This novel was more or less like popcorn: flaws that are easily over looked and enjoyable enough to keep you wanting more.

Author Bio: Meg Whitlock has been writing nearly all her life, and she’s glad she finally got over her laziness and wrote the book she’s been dreaming about for years. She graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a BA in Comparative Arts with an Art History specialization and an Ancient History minor…which is a mouthful no matter how you say it. She has four cats (including an invisible one), a car named Babar, and a vivid imagination.

In 2001 her one-act play, “The Shoebox,” was produced by Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and presented at the American College Theatre Festival. She was honored by Art:21 and the Mint Museum of Art for her essay “Kara Walker: Using Stereotypes to Provoke Thought,” and she’s won awards for both her fiction and non-fiction writing.

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