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I should not have started this book in the middle of the night. I always begin my reading well into what most would call early morning, as this is the most peaceful time of my day, however, that peace was quickly disrupted in the best way possible. From the very first paragraph, Angela J Townsend managed to transport me to not only another place, but another time. It was a time where peril was prevalent and truth was torn asunder. The eerie beginnings of this work leapt off of the page only to dance in the recesses of my mind, where only the terrifying things go. These scenes only continued to dominate my consciousness in the most intriguing of ways, pulling me into a high-stakes world that I could see just as clear in my mind’s eye as I could my very own memories.
The mood of this book was established early on, and impeccably at that. The darkness of the subject matter was a beautiful through line that kept me entertained until the very last page. I normally do not read thriller/suspense books as I scare easily, however I am very glad that I read this work, as it was more than simply it’s scare factor. Weaved in between the moments of terror and supernatural occurrences was a strong story that stands perfectly on its own. Very often in this genre, attention is only paid to specific scenes and the rest is just filler until the next terrifying twist. The Forlorned not only had these emotionally charged vignettes, but it also showcases exquisite prose and storytelling. It is a plot line that is incredibly original and captivation throughout.
The characters in this book were occasionally hard to relate to. The descriptive details of each of their lives were handled with incredible agility and the creative structure was brilliant. However, as soon as the characters began to speak their own dialogue, the writing became very generic and bland. There was not much to differentiate the characters from one another in their speech and vocabulary. This created such a stark contrast to the well-crafted prose found in the majority of the book that it became distracting at times. There were moments that I found myself rushing to get through the dialogue in order to get back to the meat of the work.
Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The plot is one of the more original that I have had the pleasure of reading as of late and I appreciated the advanced level of storytelling. The emotions conveyed throughout its pages were electric and palpable, making this one difficult to put down. Had the characters been developed more past their current generic structure, this book would be nearly perfect. Aside from the distraction the contrast of these two writing styles, I very much enjoyed this book and found it to be an easy read. I look forward to reading more of Townsend’s work in the future and feel that her success has only begun.