Title: The Dark Man’s Son
Author: Meg Whitlock
Published: 2012, Smashwords
Pages: 288, Nook edition
“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. 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 she offers Jason a choice. The time is coming when we all must choose.”
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Angels, Guardians, and Devils, Oh My!
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.
About the Author
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.
Thanks to the generosity of Meg Whitlock and Bewitching Book Tours, we’re able to give one lucky winner a free e-book copy of The Dark Man’s Son from Smashwords, for the e-reader of your choice! Contest starts today and ends in one week, on August 4.