Title: The Whisper King
Author: Wil Radcliffe
Publication Date: Jul 17, 2015
I received a copy from Necro Publications for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
My name is David Kinder. And this is my story… every goddamn bloodstained word of it.
About 25 years ago when I was six my parents died in a car crash. I was bounced around a few state homes until they finally settled me at Meripitt Hill, an orphanage just outside of Lansing, Michigan. It was there that the shadows started visiting me. Not normal shadows. These shadows moved on their own accord, and whispered strange, alien things to me. Scared the piss out of me.
Wasn’t until Donna Elizondo moved to Meripitt Hill that my life started to actually become bearable. She became my best friend. Taught me to love music and to dance. That kept the shadows away. That kept me safe.
That year we were an epic story of two. We danced. We laughed. Hell, I suspect I was falling in love with her, if kids could really know what love is.
But then she was taken away from me. Adopted.
That’s when the shadows returned for me. That’s when they took me to the Shadow Mountains to serve the Whisper King.
For years I learned how to fight. How to kill. I even learned how to transform myself into a Cuthach…a monster. There were thousands of us being trained there. Thousands of us learning to reach deep inside and unleash the monsters in our guts.
When a spot opened in the Whisper King’s elite guard, the Silent Heart, I was chosen to fill it. But first I had to take one final test. A test that would determine once and for all if I was destined to be man or monster.
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Have you ever been afraid of the shadows? What if those shadows started whispering to you all the time of a place where you could become a soldier in the army of ‘The Whisper King’? What if you felt so out-of-place or abandoned that you eventually gave in and joined his army?
Our main character, David, takes us on a journey through his life and how he ended up in the Whisper King’s army and brought his Cuthach to life. The way David narrates his story really draws the reader in. It is told in a manner that is very engaging and bring to mind moonlit nights and scary storytelling. It is forthright, infused with dark humour and expletive ridden but soooo immersive. The writing is effortless and the short chapters propel the story forward, With just enough details, the world and its character are vividly brought to life. The plot is fast-paced and surprising, taking twists and turns where I thought there were none to be had.
Another character, apart from David, that stuck with me and aroused my curiosity is that of The Whisper King. After a brief glimpse into his early days from another character’s POV, I thirst for more. He straddles that greyish line between totally evil and not so bad and I am intrigued by him.
This novel set my synapses to firing, as I got to thinking and speculating about how much further the conditioning process goes, and to what lengths The Whisper King went to make sure his prospectives did join up. I can’t help but think that Janet’s adoption was all part of his plan to isolate David and send him straight to the shadows.
It did take a couple of chapters for me to get drawn into this tale , because I was initially thrown by the potty-mouthed child that was David. But, once I got over that initial ‘shock’ , there was no turning back; it had my undivided attention. Even with the short length , there is so much going on that one can’t help but be caught up and intrigued. There is no lack of action-scenes which, while graphic, were not overly gory but tastefully done. There is also more complexity to the plot than I initially thought, and that was a pleasant and welcome surprise.
I found The Whisper King to be a thoroughly entertaining story, almost hypnotic with its ability to engage the reader and I had so much fun reading it. David is a hilarious , foul-mouthed character who slowly but surely grew on me ; I can’t wait to see him kick some serious ass in The Whisper King: Daughter of Shadows. This fast-paced, well written, engaging and immersive dark fantasy is a must read for lovers of the genre. You won’t be disappointed.
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