Monday, May 10, 2010

Dark Designs

Title: Dark Designs
Author: Luisa Prieto
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-071-9
Genre: {M/M} Dark Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Kyler Withers has been plagued by nightmares of his time spent teaching in South America and the tragedy that occurred there. These dreams also trigger his memory of a past life as a mage. Known as Etherwolf, he served as a knight for an evil spirit, known as the Darkness. Now the only thing helping Kyler keep his humanity is the memories of the love he had for a powerful mage artist named Sorin.

Dark Designs is a complex story delving into the religious psyche of humanity. The story exhibits the wars between the faithful, who are capable of love and believe in a powerful spiritual being, versus the darkness that feeds on human fears and evils. Etherwolf was a mage who embraced the darkness; he took pleasure in killing without remorse until he met Sorin. Their sharing of magic brought about changes in Etherwolf. Reborn as Kyler, he realizes the monster he was and resists becoming that being again. Sorin was a mage of the light; they aid humans and kill only when justified. Also reborn, including the love he felt for the dark mage, Sorin is now searching for him, in hopes of them being reunited in body as well as love.

With so many characters, along with their former names and current names, it is a little hard to keep track. However, Luisa Prieto delivers a clear outline of good and evil characteristics that mirror Celtic beliefs, in addition to biblical teachings. Dark Designs is a well written attention-grabbing dark saga, yet still enjoyable once the enigmatic storyline unfurls.

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