From the very beginning the book immerses you in incredible and original lore with fantastical creatures and characters straight out of nightmares. I enjoyed the division and portrayal of the two worlds, and although this was a fantasy, each character was completely believable and unique. They all had flaws and strengths, and distinctive voices that you don’t often find in books with this many characters. The pacing was excellent, and held my attention the entire time. The battle scenes were well done and exciting. C.C. Genovese’s fluid writing style makes it easy to picture everything as it happens, playing as a movie in your mind.
If I had one minor complaint, it would be in the perspective. As with many fantasies, this book is written in third person. With so many characters, you almost have to or you miss so many opportunities for character and story advancement. I actually prefer third person for fantasy, BUT this one is written in borderline omniscient POV, so it sometimes switches POV character without dedicated breaks. Not often, but it happened. A couple of times I had to reread a section to be absolutely certain whose head I was supposed to be in. Most of the time, the POV breaks were completely clear, though, so this is truly a minor thing and not even worth lowering the star rating for.
Another thing I’d like to note, often times in urban fantasies and things of that nature stories tend to fall into a predictable pattern. You know what I mean, one action sets off a chain of events that sets off another. How you get there is always different, but it’s like they follow a formula. Not this one. This book was unique and distinctive and kept me guessing the entire time. I will be looking forward to the next book in this series.
I recommend this book to any who enjoys fantasy with a fair bit of horror, action, and romance mixed in. Darkness of Man has something in it for everyone, and at its heart is a detailed and intricate world and story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I rate this book 5 stars, and look forward to more books from this author.