The Benighted (The Benighted Saga, #1) by A.M. Dunnewin (Review by Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp)


Title: The Benighted (The Benighted Saga, #1)

Author: A.M. Dunnewin

Published Date: November 25th 2013

Genre: Dark Fantasy


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The King was dead. His body was found slain in his room, only months after his son had been brutally murdered. Skylar Mandolyn, his daughter, has now become the last heir to the throne. But instead of becoming Queen, she was imprisoned for helping in the escape of Sir Harlin Brien, her knight who was framed for the King’s murder. 

Confined to darkness, Skylar’s captors have given her no choice but to yield to a new kind of enemy: a domain that has advanced in both technology and warfare. It’s only when she refuses that the prison uses other means of persuasion. Though unmerciful, the whip lashings and isolation can’t suppress her memories. She’s forced to face again both her brother’s death and her father’s emotional decline, though even the darkness can’t hide the deceptive hands that have tormented them all. Advisor turned adversary, Cross Lutherus has brought the ancient bloodline to its knees, and Skylar is the only Mandolyn left to feel his wrath. 

With two kingdoms on the brink of war, and the end of her life drawing near, Skylar’s only hope is in the person who haunts her the most – Harlin, the knight who was sworn to protect her. His presence surrounds her when the darkness screams louder than the prisoners, when Death smiles a faceless grin in between the cracks of the stone. And it’s his strength she embraces just as the tremors start to rise from the deep, crawling up through the prison’s walls to terrorize the benighted realm and all its souls. 

The mystery was never how Harlin escaped. It is how he will return.


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s Review***
This is a beautifully written piece of dark fantasy. It is very different from many of the stories out there where a princess is locked away because this is no damsel in distress but nor is she a hardened, battle ready warrior.

The characters are well portrayed and the story moves at a really good pace making it a real page turner. At times I found the transitions between the actual time and the dream / back story time a little confusing which is why it dropped a star from me but don’t let that put you off.

If you like your fantasy on the dark side you should definitely add this to your list and as the story is far from over I am intrigued to see how the author will follow this up. 

A well deserved 4 out of 5 stars for me.



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