The Dark Beast
Raven, Romda and Ravai
by Dave Maruszewski
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Pub Date 08 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2022
Dave Maruszewski, BookBaby
From local gossip, the Dark Beast sounds more like a character from a fable than a real person. But the Beast is on a mission to destroy an entire city, and Raven, Romda, and Ravai will have to leave their safe castle walls and venture into a country of unknown people and places to stop this villain.
As the trio travels on, they meet a host of people, all of them with their own stories about the Dark Beast. How could this fiend have escaped the kingdom's gaze for so long? Is he even real?
Raven is skeptical, Romda is knowledgeable, and Ravai isn't too worried about anything. The three knights have their own strengths, but will it be enough to defeat a being so superior? They may have no choice. The Dark Beast is coming…
A great gift for the fantasy lover, this adventure will please those who enjoy a strong build that culminates into an action-filled ending.
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Average rating from 6 members
Maybe I misunderstood when I downloaded the book, but this isnt a book that would be classified YA fantasy.
Its definitely a fantasy collection of short stories, lumped toether for younger children but...to be continued at the end of every chapter...cringe.
The idea would be good but the writing is slapped together and sadly seems written by the same young audience that it was written for...
The story progresses at too quickly of a pace and has no character or world building....at that pace idk how it could even be a book, or how there could be more than 10 pages.
After reading the preface, the story behind the book is heartfelt, but not so much a book...
Needs a caveat that its absolutely for a younger audience, but unfortunately the story and writing is still very basic..sorry, i had to put it down after 3 "chapters"
The concept of the Dark Beast is intriguing, as a boy is overcome by embarrassment and anger to become a dangerously magical fiend. The transformation of his personality is rather abrupt and hard to believe, but the beast he becomes is ruthless. The beast is a contradiction of thoughts, as he wants to be accepted by others but punishes them for the slightest hint of criticism. His internal conflicts and growing magical power make the Dark Beast the most interesting character in the book.
The trio of heroes is a team that’s dedicated to its loyalty to the king. They persevere in their quest to locate the Dark Beast, although their roles in the group are less clear. Ravai and Raven are introduced while causing mischief in a memorial hall dedicated to knights of the past. Their playfulness doesn’t continue during the mission, so the purpose of the first chapter is confusing. Romda joins them at the start of Chapter 2 without any further information about her character before she whips out a potion to help defend the trio. How does she know about potions, and what is her relationship to the other two boys?
Minor characters along the way share stories about the Dark Beast, and they help to understand its history. The tales about the beast make it the most well-understood character in the book. It seems all of the characters have heard details from the same tales, since they’re able to pick up the story where others left off. The stories begin when the Dark Beast is a little boy and take readers through his transformation and growth into the vindictive monster currently terrorizing villagers.
What didn’t work as well:
The book doesn’t take the time to develop characters, so it’s difficult to make personal connections with them. All three main characters are flat and lack distinct, memorable personalities. The story is told in the present tense, but the narrator is not one of the characters. It sounds strange to have someone describe what’s happening at that moment when they’re not even present. It might be more effective to have the story told first-person by one of the main characters.
The Final Verdict:
Birth of a vengeful monster. The concept of a monster arising from an offended young boy creates conflict and tension, and his character is intriguing. The story can entertain readers, although it could be more engaging with additional description and detail.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is well written and the characters are described well. The world building in this book is good. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Would I recommend reading this fantasy book to anyone and everyone? Yes I definitely would. The writing style is great. It sucks you in from the first page. This book is in stores for $9.99 (USD).