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Book Review: Queen Of The Dark Things
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Queen of the Dark Things
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by C. Robert Cargill
Harper Voyager/ HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Cover Price: $26.99

Colby Stevens is a really depressed wizard. Colby, his talking dog Gossamer, and his djinn Yashar, hang around a bar called the Cursed and the Damned in Austin, Texas, now fairy-less (thanks to Colby–they were not very nice fairies anyway), where Colby blames himself for the death of his very best friend in the whole world–Ewan.

But now other things, such as a “owl-headed wolf-riding demon,” not only want a piece of Colby, but want him to do a couple of favors for them. If that wasn’t bad enough for our sad man-child wizard, another former dreamwalker friend is gunning for him in a “kill or be killed” fashion. Can he save her? Or lose her as he did Ewan?

Queen of the Dark Things is C. Robert Cargill‘s second book of Colby Stevens tale that began with Dreams and Shadows. Cargill moves from the Limestone Kingdom (though we do visit) to all over the world, but it is really another world. It is the world made of dreamstuff, created out of belief.

He slathers thick and intricate demonic and heroic layers almost Tolkien or Martin-ish, and you have to hang on, or you might get lost. But isn’t that the fun? That you, much like the bewildered hero, don’t quite understand completely what is going on? That you might have to re-read a few pages?

Utterly enjoyable–here’s hoping this series is not so Martin-ish we have to wait years and years for book three.

Queen of the Dark Things

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