Title: "The Truthseeker"
Author: Eric Stockwell
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Chilling, mystifying- with a blend of the macabre and snarky humor. Yes, all of that can be in one novel.
"Although you're safe here, your time is limited; you'll either meet your destiny, or greet your final death."
Fair warning, this book is not for the boring, traditional novel seeking person who nit-picks anything beyond the accepted "norm" of writing.
It's written in second person. The formatting contains bolded, italicized, and capitalized font with intention. Along with the dark themes, there is dark humor. So, if you're a stickler for the BORING, get out of here.
Oh, still reading? Great because this is an extremely rare gem of a find!
This story is about "you" in an alternate plane, and it opens with a lot of unknowns: about what happened to yourself, where you are, and who you are now. The beginning starts with a bang when a 'goddess' sees something within you...and tries to kill you.
A mysterious creature saves you, a Truthseeker, and beseeches you to seek out his sister, Noir, Empress of Nightmares. To do so, you are faced with various "glass": portals or interceptor glass. Your character travels to many places through mirror portals, meeting a few key allies including a talking bucket named Timur (who isn't always a bucket during the entire novel, just to be clear) and a traveling minstrel, Melody.
[Editorial: Timur is my favorite character, hands down.]
The vast lands you visit are incredibly set up. Some are haunting: with a beach and people staring aimlessly at the horizon. Another place is Hamsterdam, perhaps my favorite place. The quirky settings remind of of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" in some ways, but take it with a grain of salt, as the author has his own powerful way of establishing incredible worlds and creatures.
Your character goes through trials and tribulations, revelations, and hardship. All done in short, well-named chapters. There is a final battle in the end with an incredible twist that will have you question your own reality.
I personally love the characters, the witty banter, and places to discover. There were a few action scenes not to be underestimated, but I feel the author has a way of stringing words together that makes every word, sentence, and chapter engaging.
I recommend this book...to anyone really. Anyone who is open to dark fantasy, but to also the adventurer.
"You've overcome insurmountable odds just to reach me here. This trial is no different. Again, you must overcome."