by Dean Raven
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Pub Date 05 May 2021 | Archive Date 27 Apr 2021
After the devastating murder of his parents, Kane Gates finds himself in an epic battle with sorcerer Wilfred Waite, who is bent on corrupting his brother and unleashing hell on earth.
How deep into a world of horror will Kane descend to protect his family from evil?
Dark Farm is a thrilling rollercoaster ride into a Lovecraftian universe of wizardry, magic, horror, gods, monsters and a looming apocalypse. It’s a contemporary dark fantasy that has at its heart the fragile relationship between two brothers.
The Lovecraft universe like you have never before experienced it.
A century after Charles Dexter Ward resurrected Joseph Curwen and unleashed cosmic terror on the world, Ephraim Waite’s father, Wilfred Waite, has taken ownership of the Dark farm and is hot on the trail of an original copy of the Necronomicon. You think Joseph and Ephraim were despicable? – wait till you meet Wilfred!
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Average rating from 14 members
When a family of campers are slaughtered Sam Morgan from the government’s National Security Office is scouring the Six Hills for the killers. Kane, Is dealing with family issues of his own and hasn't come to terms with them yet. But now he has to battle sinister Wilfred Waite who is trying to corrupt young brother and reckless havoc on earth.
The horrors lurking beneath the Dark farm will bring the feuding brothers together and begin a chain of events that will threaten not only Dylan, not only our planet, but existence itself.
What a book! This I would put under dark magic. Its crazy, Dark, beautifully written. Really enjoyed this fun read!
A Lovecraftian horror thrill ride complete with wizards, body snatching, zombies, and yes, Cthulhu and friends. The zombies were a fun touch - and how many times it seemed resolved, but ramped up in a different direction. A bit of everything, with likeable protagonists, and long seated evil conspiracies. Was a little wordy here and there, but didn't spoil the fun. <spoiler> The end didn't end - so maybe the first of a series?
From what I can tell, this is a new author on the scene of Cthulhu Mythos/Lovecraftian fiction and I am here for it. This book is a mashup of a couple of Lovecraft stories but Dean Raven has managed to give his own unique spin. There’s definitely old school fun to be found, with new Great Old Ones, ancient sorcerers, and armies of the undead…. And other less seemly things. The classics are mentioned as well, such as Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu, which is always fun for a Lovecraft fan like me.
My favorite parts of the story might actually have been the interactions between the villains, the ancient sorcerers, and I was always excited when we would switch to their viewpoints. There’s a sense of dark humor throughout Dark Farm and that was always on excellent display with the evil wizards.
This is a very well done first book in a new series, with a cast of characters who all feel distinct and fleshed out, good pacing, and an escalation of events that leads to an epic climax.
I am excited to see more from Dean Raven and what he has in store for the Gates brothers and the cult of Kragn.
This is the first book of this genre I've read and whilst it wasn't exactly my thing I can appreciate that it was very well written. The characters were well thought out and I thought the pace of the book was great, nothing seemed rushed or dragged out for too long.
If you like dark magic and creepy monsters this book is for you!
Over all rating - 4 stars
This book was a roller-coaster ride of family tragedy, wizards, zombies, and destructive gods. The pacing was often pretty intense despite the book being over 400 pages. I kept wanting to turn the page to see what would happen next. The plot was interesting and left me with a lot of questions and excitement about the next book. The story was ambitious and attempted to cover a lot of ground in one book, but, overall, I thought the author did a great job weaving the parts of the story together to create a gripping, cohesive narrative with fascinating world-building and engaging twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. That being said, parts of the story were repetitive at times, and I think there may have been a less circuitous way to reach the same outcome by streamlining the story some. I also would have liked to see the events of the first third of the book have more of a direct tie-in to the ending given how long was devoted to the family tragedy faced by the main characters at the beginning of the book.
I loved so many of the characters. The two brothers, Kane and Dylan, were both well-developed, and their backstory was explored in great depth. I enjoyed seeing their distinct personalities at play as they both coped with family tragedy in different ways. They also both experienced tremendous character growth throughout the story, which felt organic and true to the nature of each boy's characteristics, as well as the situations in which they found themselves. The wizards in this story were also some of my favorite characters simply because they were so deliciously evil. I enjoyed every part of the story that had them in it because their perspectives were just so outrageously villainous. There weren't any characters I didn't like, but there were some secondary characters who had what should have been impactful moments, if only they had been utilized and developed more before that point.
The level of horror and grotesque imagery utilized in this book was superb. The author was able to help me create truly repugnant pictures in my head of the zombies and monsters, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I've seen elsewhere that the gods and monsters in this book are based on Lovecraft's writing, but I did not need to read any of his work to understand or enjoy this story. It stands well on its own, and the reader learns about the gods, magic, and history of the world alongside the main characters at a steady pace as the book progresses.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters and villains were fantastic, and the setting seems deep in lore, which is barely scratched by this first book. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I cannot wait to get my hands on future installments.
This was a pretty good book. It caught my interest fast and held on. This was one of those books you get lost in and completely lose track of time.
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