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I'm a retail slave who writes in her spare time. I would love to one day do nothing but write, but for now...the Man controls my purse strings.
I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2007 with a BA in Comparative Arts with an Art History specialization and an Ancient History minor. I love art and art history, duh, and my favorite genres are fantasy of almost all types, historical fiction, biography, mystery, and horror as long as it isn't too gory or violent.
The name of my novel is The Dark Man's Son, and it's a modern urban fantasy with mythological elements. Look for it soon!
on Aug. 07, 2012 :
The Dark Man’s Son was one of those books that I could tell, right from the first paragraph, that I was really going to enjoy reading. Perhaps it was the style of writing—Whitlock has a knack for elegant and rhythmical prose, and she paints a dark, evocative scene—or maybe it was the fact that the first chapter thrust me right in the heart of the action, which didn’t let up until the last page. Whatever it was, it kept me reading far into the night, eager to discover what would happen next.
The two arguably main characters are Alex and Jason. Alex proves to be quite the strong female character, swooping in and saving the damsel-in-distress Jason from a pair of street thugs that are more than they appear. I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, but suffice it to say that Alex (though she goes by many names) is an old and powerful entity, and her destiny is tied up in Jason’s in a way that truly resonates throughout the book.
This book, in case you were wondering, is somewhat of an angels and demons kind of book, but with many more layers than that. The mythology behind this book is artfully done. I’m not very familiar with religious themes and icons like angels, demons, heaven, and hell, so reading about Lucifer and Abaddon and all of that was like reading about these characters for the first time, and Ms. Whitlock does them justice. The antagonists working against Alex and Jason are sufficiently evil, and what I loved about some of them was that you couldn’t quite guess their true motives. I love morally ambiguous characters like that.
The narrative was slightly confusing in parts, particularly since it jumped around so much. A lot of the story switched back and forth between present day and various parts of history that Alex and her counterpart, Cassius, experienced. Though I really liked these glimpses into the past, I found it difficult to keep track of when and where things were taking place.
Overall, I found The Dark Man’s Son to be an original and creative addition to the supernatural genre. It ended with quite a bang (and a cliffhanger!), and I look forward to the sequel when it is released… hopefully soon!
A copy of this book was provided for review by the author via Bewitching Book Tours.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 30, 2012 :
i liked the book, A new idea to a well known genre; Good vs Evil, and where the lines blurs.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)