After The Darkness: Episode One is the first instalment of a serialized novel by SunHi Mistwalker.
As I started reading this, what jumped out the most at me was how the author attempted to use language. I say attempted, because rather than coming off atmospheric and moody, it came off as overly pedantic and like Mistwalker made heavy use of the thesaurus. While this did let up a bit after the first 10 or so pages, it is still extremely persistent, so much so that it completely overshadowed the story that she was trying to create.
The story itself was alright, but it felt a little muddled due to the aforementioned word usage. It was slow to pick up, with not enough scene setting to allow the reader to really connect with the world.
Nadia's character is confused, she tries to sacrifice her sister to save herself, but then a few pages later, she's screaming for her sister and wanting to save her. It didn't feel true, like somebody confused by a situation, rather it felt like the author was confused while writing the story.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)