Even from the synopsis, it is obvious that this book will be a dark one, and probably very deep. The description of an innocent princess in prison, whipped and isolated, gives a pretty good feel for what this story holds. It is deep...it is dark...and it is fantastic.
Eloquent and well written, The Benighted offers a wonderful story, full of characters facing personal demons, as well as real life evils. It is easy to picture the world A.M. Dunnewin created, and the struggles the young Queen-to-be is faced with. The trauma she endures, both physically and mentally, is difficult to read about. In the end though, you feel as though you've grown right along side her, and want nothing more than to see her succeed, standing tall against the enemies she faces.
This isn't a book for the faint of heart. However, if you like books with real, honest pain and challenges to overcome, and see real amazing character and strength, you will enjoy this book. I would recommend it, and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.