Lost is the Night is the second in a series about Khale the Wanderer from fantasy author Greg James. In this book, readers are introduced to new, exciting characters like Lord Barneth, a disturbing, violent man who is out to see Khale suffer and Cecea, a servant who finds herself attached to Khale and has to deal with everything that association brings with it. My favorite character in this novel was The Thoughtless Dark, a force who has the power to decide if Khale lives or dies. Khale himself is…for lack of a better word – a bastard. He’s violent, mean, arrogant and yet, you may find yourself really beginning to like him. But should you?
Okay. Before you yell at me for reviewing a fantasy book on a horror site let me defend myself by saying this: parts of this book are very dark, disturbing, bloody and violent. The things Khale does are nothing short of brutal and we all know how many horror novels have that beautifully brutal element to them. So there.
I can’t gush enough about what the author has accomplished in this novel. Greg paints such a vivid picture in his novels of each of the settings that you can’t help but feel as if you’re right there, standing next to Khale, or, in some cases, running from him. It takes a great author to be able to vividly describe a setting without adding too much detail and Greg has found the perfect balance.
Khale is an extremely complex character and I can’t think of another author so good at making you love and hate a man at the same time. Really, when I finished this book last night, I STILL couldn’t figure out if I liked him or hated his guts. At first, I wasn’t too impressed with Cecea, but she grew on me as the story unfolded. Read it and you’ll see what I mean.
I really think that over the last few years, the fantasy genre has lost a lot of its ‘pizzazz’ but with authors like Greg James, who write because they love it, not to get rich or famous, that this genre will likely shine brightly once again in the very near future.
Okay Greg, I’m ready for the next book now.
Lost is the Night just released today and for its release, Mr. James has kindly priced it at a mere 99 cents so if dark fantasy sounds fun, go grab your copy. Oh and by the way, although this is the second book in the series, it stands very well on its own, so you have no excuse not to read it.