"Leave your audience wanting more"

The Darkness Within Saga Prologue: Sins of the Past - J.D. Franx

That's the old adage, isn’t it? Well JD Franx certainly delivers in this epic tale of magic, betrayal, and intrigue. So much so, in fact, that I’m actually quite frustrated just now, because I honestly felt like I could have kept reading for days. People all the way down on the South Coast probably heard my indignant cry of where’s the rest of it? It’s always a good sign when a story grips a reader so much that they shout aloud in dismay when it’s over, after all!

The important thing to remember with “Sins of The Past” is that it’s a prologue. A novella, written as a teaser for the soon-to-be-released “The Legacy”, and boy did it ever tease. It has everything I look for in a fantasy book. Assassins, cults, witches, magic, politics, beautiful world building, lyrical prose, and as if all that wasn’t enough, a whole score of strong, diverse, and highly interesting female characters. The ladies often get brushed aside in the fantasy genre, as we know, so I absolutely loved the fact that the cast was so heavily populated by such a vast array of them in this, particularly as they are so very well written.

The writing itself was wonderful. I felt like I was absorbed into the scenery as the story progressed, and unlike so many fantasy authors I was so happy and satisfied to see that there wasn’t reams and reams of description. JD Franx is a master of “show don’t tell” and it made the reading just that much more enjoyable. The plot didn’t hang around either, another trope I was happy to see the back of, and the entire effect of the writing was that it flowed easily into my mind, each chapter unfolding like the petals of a waterlily. It was just beautiful.

I am dying for the follow up, and I really think that everyone should go and read this fantastic book immediately. The follow up, which I’m reliably informed will be quite significantly larger, will be out in Spring of 2016, all being well, and trust me when I say you don’t want to miss that. If you’re interested in finding out more about JD Franx, you can find him on Facebook and Twitter.