Title: The Benighted
Author: A.M. Dunnewin
Series: The Benighted Saga
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Published: 25th Nov 2016
Godreads Rating: 4.01
My Rating: 5/5
“ARC given for an honest review”
His body was found slain in his room only months after his son had been brutally murdered. Skylar Mandolyn, his daughter, has now become the last heir to inherit the throne. But instead of becoming Queen, she has been imprison for helping in the escape of Sir Harlin Brien, her knight who was framed for the King’s murder.
Confined to darkness, Skylar’s captors have given her no choice but to yield to a new kind of enemy: a kingdom that has advanced in both technology and warfare. It’s when she refuses that the prison uses its other means of persuasion, and although unmerciful, the whip lashings and isolation can’t suppress the memories of her family’s downfall. Pulled between her subconscious and reality, Skylar already knows who the true enemy is, because even the darkness can’t hide the deceptive hands that have destroyed them all.
With two kingdoms on the brink of war, Skylar’s only hope is in the person who has gone missing – Harlin, the knight who was sworn to protect her. The memory of him surrounds her when the darkness screams louder than the prisoners, and when Death smiles a faceless grin in between the cracks of the stone. While the tremors start to rise from the deep, crawling up through the prison’s walls, Skylar doesn’t realise that she will soon see why he’s one of the Benighted.
She had the dream again that night. The balcony lay before her unchanged, the high vaulted fresco ceiling casting a reflection on the cool pink marble floor.
This is the first time that I’ve read anything by A.M. Dunnewin. I was very surprised with it. I thought that this book was told by a unique manner, instead of going via chronological order of the story, the story was told via some sort of dream like state of Skylar. I felt that it was a really interesting way of doing it. I really enjoyed it reading it that way. Because as a reader you really felt that you were in Skylar’s mind throughout the story. The Benighted is a book about good and evil and where the lines between the two blur. It was also a tale of romance between a princess and her knight, but their romance isn’t light and fluffy.
What I really enjoyed about this book was that it had a really strong willed female lead that was willing to sacrifice everything to get her kingdom back. With her trusted knight by her side teaching her how to survive in a world that she’s never stepped foot in prior to the death of her brother and father. It was suspenseful, gripping and had me on edge the entire time. I highly recommend this book and I personally cannot wait till the second book comes out.