Review: Dark Escape: Tales of Arabella ~ Aaron Gee

Dark Escape

When Tam rescues Indura, he makes the fateful decision to spare her life. Despite their differences, they fall in love and begin a forbidden romance that threatens to plunge their two kingdoms into a devastating war. During a secret meeting between the two, Tam is captured. In order to save him, Indura must enlist the aid of Tam’s mentor, Captain Athon, and embark on a daring rescue. The only hope of rescuing Tam from prison is the protective cloak of darkness. But, how can there be darkness in a world where the sun never sets?

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This is the first instalment of the Dark Escape series.

This novel is interesting, it isn’t quite Sci-fi and it isn’t quite Fantasy, it’s more a hybrid born of both worlds.  But even though it doesn’t sit firmly in either genre, I would still classify it as an epic, with maybe a toe hovering over the Steampunk world depending on which direction the Author takes the other books.

The characters are well thought out, and nicely developed with there being not one, but two main leads; a male and a female.  The male lead is quite likeable and full of all the characteristics we would expect of a person of his position; unfortunately the female lead is his total opposite and, at times made me think of Sansa in the Game of Thrones series.

The descriptions in the novel are sweeping and epic, setting the scenes nicely for what will come in the future, and raises questions in the reader’s mind that I hope will be answered as the series progresses.  However, there were a few images I found a little too fantastical even for me, and this did detract from the overall feel of this novel

As with all first instalments it is hard to say whether or not  the remainder will be a success, as the Author is just getting his breath and setting off on his journey with his characters and in their world.  Personally, I would like to see the Author add some elements of Steampunk into his later works, as I feel this would add an extra dimension to the series, and really make it well worth the readers’ time.

I would highly recommend this book to Teens/YA and adult readers alike, and also to those lovers of the sci-fi and fantasy genre.  This is a quick read that moves along at a steady pace, and doesn’t need to be over thought, so ideal when you’re travelling.

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