Queen of the Dark Things

Queen of the Dark Things Screenwriter and noted film critic C Robert Cargill continues the story begun in his acclaimed debut Dreams and Shadows in this bold and brilliantly crafted tale involving fairies and humans magic an

  • Title: Queen of the Dark Things
  • Author: C. Robert Cargill
  • ISBN: 9780062190475
  • Page: 272
  • Format: ebook
  • Screenwriter and noted film critic C Robert Cargill continues the story begun in his acclaimed debut Dreams and Shadows in this bold and brilliantly crafted tale involving fairies and humans, magic and monsters a vivid phantasmagoria that combines the imaginative wonders of Neil Gaiman, the visual inventiveness of Guillermo Del Toro, and the shocking miasma of William S.Screenwriter and noted film critic C Robert Cargill continues the story begun in his acclaimed debut Dreams and Shadows in this bold and brilliantly crafted tale involving fairies and humans, magic and monsters a vivid phantasmagoria that combines the imaginative wonders of Neil Gaiman, the visual inventiveness of Guillermo Del Toro, and the shocking miasma of William S Burroughs Six months have passed since the wizard Colby lost his best friend to an army of fairies from the Limestone Kingdom, a realm of mystery and darkness beyond our own But in vanquishing these creatures and banning them from Austin, Colby sacrificed the anonymity that protected him Now, word of his deeds has spread, and powerful enemies from the past including one Colby considered a friend have resurfaced to exact their revenge.As darkness gathers around the city, Colby sifts through his memories desperate to find answers that might save him With time running out, and few of his old allies and enemies willing to help, he is forced to turn for aid to forces even darker than those he once battled.Following such masters as Lev Grossman, Erin Morgenstern, Richard Kadrey, and Kim Harrison, C Robert Cargill takes us deeper into an extraordinary universe of darkness and wonder, despair and hope to reveal the magic and monsters around us and inside us.
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    • Bonnie says:

      My rating: 3.5 of 5 starsPublication Date: May 13th 2014 by Harper VoyagerI received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.“This is how it starts.”“No. Hopefully this is how it ends.”Queen of the Dark Things is the followup novel to Dreams and Shadows, a novel chock-full of magic and mystery in an alternate reality in the heart of Austin, Texas. The story picks up right where Shadows left of [...]

    • Angela R. says:

      This is one of those times when I wish that I myself was an author, so that I could be better with words. I don't know that I can do justice to this amazing novel with my review. Queen of the Dark Things is book 2 in the series, which usually means a disappointing "blah" experience after a promising start in book 1. However, this author manages to top his previous excellence with an even more addicting experience. This is one of those books that I literally COULD NOT PUT DOWN until I reached the [...]

    • Jake says:

      Reality-based fantasy is a rough genre for me. When you have fairies and trolls and wizards and Keeblers operating in real-life places and interacting with "normal" people, the tropes that we accept in more fantasy-based fantasy look less like the fantastic and more like the lazy. Gandalf shows up in Lord of the Rings, casts some Deusicus Exicus Machinacus bullshit, and we just nod and turn the page, because the whole POINT of fantasy is that anything can happen. It's fantastic!But in order to h [...]

    • Natasha L. says:

      While Dreams and Shadows was not a particularly good book, it was at least entertaining, a fun read. Queen of the Dark Things has a weaker plot, and about fifty percent of the text revolves around conversations that go in circles, with witty (and not so witty) back and forths that provide little key information and even less pleasure. The dialogue is simply overinflated and weak. How many bar scenes with demons and other supernatural creatures do we need? Why does this magical world feel suspici [...]

    • Mizuki says:

      This book isn't as great as the first book of the series Dreams and Shadows but I like how it takes on faerie lore, myths and supernatural creatures. The author, Mr. Cargill really did build a world full of imagination whilst basing his world upon ancient folklore and myths.Most of the characters are doing great, really; although by the middle of the book the story starts to get a bit dragged and losing a bit of its focus--too many sub-plots, too many supernatural creatures showing up, too many [...]

    • BobNotBob says:

      Brilliant - just brilliant. This is largely a placeholder review (which I will forget to ever change, so y'know, just read the first three words again.)

    • Harris says:

      So I want to preface this: I know C. Robert Cargill personally, I've worked with his wife on photo projects and I was a part of Spill (I was a member of the League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen) and he does a podcast with a good friend of mine. So I'm not exactly unbiased here. Plus: I live in Austin. I love seeing my town in fiction. Especially when the author captures the magic of it.All that out of the way: this was kind of a mixed bag for me. Cargill is good at creating plots and character [...]

    • Jillian Mcclelland says:

      I'll admit, this series holds a special little place in my heart. Is it the most prosaic of all fantasy books? No. Does it have the largest and most complex world? Nope. But are the characters well-developed and do they resonate emotionally? Oh, yes. Colby Stevens is one of my favourite tragic heroes for the simple reason that he believes he is doing the right thing. But in the world he's made himself part of, the right thing is not anything what he's trying to do.I wrote a fairly complete revie [...]

    • Ja says:

      There are writers who make you look at the world a little differently, but there are vey few who actually help you see the world as a different placeafter reading their stories. Colors are somehow brighter and the light falls a little bit differently. I once came across the question where does the light from dreams come from and now I know it's from writers like C. Robert Cargill. They see the light and then they write about it making it a little bit brighter every time. Like his character Colby [...]

    • Normalene says:

      The end of the first book Dreams and Shadows left me in a fury. I needed to know what was going to happen with Colby after the loss of his best friend, Ewan, but I had to wait a whole year to find out, however this one gave me everything I wanted and more. We find the wizard Colby wallowing in guilt, we meet the avatar for the city of Austin and a young Australian girl caught in the web of demons and blaming Colby for putting her there. It will take all of Colby’s wizard skills and a ton of tr [...]

    • Paul says:

      I loved the first book and this follow up definitely lived up to it. Cargill has a dark dark imagination. He has built a world filled with magical creatures and demons full of not just a well thought out mythology but a science system of sorts and sll this sitting alongside our own world. The evilness flowing through this world alongside an extremely interesting main character, Colby Stephens , coming together in a fantasticaly well planned plot results in a brilliant book. The new demons appear [...]

    • James says:

      Could read it stand-alone, but lots of references to the events of Dreams and Shadows. If you liked Dreams and Shadows, you'll probably like this one as well. Some of the plot didn't make a lot of sense to me, but learning a bit of Australian mythology/folklore made it a worthwhile read

    • Ross W. Brown says:

      After reading his debut novel, ‘Dreams and Shadows’, I was very eager to jump back into the mystical world created by C. Robert Cargill. This sequel is perhaps not as strong as the previous entry but it does make up for it with its ambition.Once again we follow Colby Stevens as he navigates the dangerous world of magic and monsters that hides in plain site in Austin, Texas. We also get to see one of Colby’s adventures he had with Djinn, Yashar when he was a child, taking him to Australia w [...]

    • Judith Moore says:

      Full review (and more ) up on my blog: bit/2uxz95hThis was such an odd moment for me. I actually liked the sequel more than I liked the first book? How often does that happen? I genuinely can’t think of an example…maybe let me know if you can.Where the first book was tied into a lot of Irish and English folklore, this book actually looks a lot more at the folklore from the Aboriginal people of Australia. While this does obviously create some issues as to the sensitivity of the way these cult [...]

    • Africandreamer says:

      I bought this ages ago and ummed and aahed about reading itI just wasn't sure I was in the mood for a heavy dose of dystopian and bleak urban myth. In hindisight, I was denying myself an excellent read.I've seen others write that this book is darker than Dreams & Shadows. I don't think it is any darker; if anything, the opposite, because it is not so bleak. You don't have any of the 'red caps' in this story - a faerie creation that oozes malice - or the changeling, an even more malicious cre [...]

    • Anna says:

      I bought this because the first book of the series was rather nice. And I figured what the hell, let's give this a try. And I am glad I did: I think this might actually be better than the first one. Or better than my memories of the first one (no, I did not check what sort of a review I wrote for that one). And yet I felt like it was partly one of those "oh so that sold nicely, let's see what I can come up with" stories, with the references to time periods that were kind of mentioned in the firs [...]

    • Tom says:

      This was given to me generously by the author as part of a giveaway. I must first confess when I entered the giveaway I didn't know that it was the second book, so I had a very steep learning curve. This book was brilliant in my opinion, due to my own idiocy it took me time to put the pieces together having not read the first book. I loved Colby as a character as he seemed to have depth as he was haunted by the loss of his friend which gave me a connection to the character because of the author [...]

    • Ethan Gorham says:

      (I write this review for the audience that read Dreams And Shadows, as I simply don't feel concrete on an opinion for those that are coming into this novel blind)So, 2013, Dreams And Shadows, Cargill's first novel in this series, was released. I read it and found myself immensely disappointed. It was a book with great potential that ultimately showed that it had a reach that exceeded its grasp. Chiefly bogged down by excessive character introduction in the beginning, excessive stopping of the pl [...]

    • Christopher Farrell says:

      I think after reading the first in the series, I knew what to expect. However, I was delightfully thrown for a bit of a loop and learned about Aboriginal magic, demon histories, and everything I ever needed to know about shadows. Colby Stevens is a broken man, but still has a noble heart and tries for what's best - and this book is a great tale of how he does so. Well worth the read.

    • BJ Terry says:

      I enjoyed this story as much as the first one. Suspenseful, gruesome, explicit content, creepy, emotional. Colby matured in this book and was very clever. I expected a tragic ending but was satisfied with the lack of casualties the author had. Didn't even know there would be another book after the way the first one ended, I'm glad I came across it accidentally.

    • Todd says:

      Read a lot like American Gods but not quite as god.Overall I thought that it was well written. I almost put it down when the talking dog showed up around page 32. Fortunately it didn't play a significant role

    • Gaby says:

      Complex and compelling. But I can't help wondering is Cargill aboriginal? And if he isn't what do aboriginal people make of his book?

    • Suzy Q says:

      Not very often does it happen that the second book in a series is better than the first, but I think that's the case with this book. Looking forward to more in this series.

    • Nicola says:

      I enjoyed the first novel in the series more, but Queen of the Dark Things was also a fun read.

    • Christie says:

      A super quick read considering the length - I think I enjoyed this one more than his first book!

    • Karen says:

      A good continuation of the story.

    • James Hurley says:

      The book started slow, it's clearly a serial, but once this author got moving six chapters in, the story was well developed and interesting. I will be looking for more from this author.

    • Amber-Leigh says:

      Much like it's predecessor, I wholeheartedly believe this book deserves more recognition than it gets. The writing is just so vibrant and energetic; I can't understand how anyone could fail to be drawn in by a story like this. Grim and gritty, 'Queen of the Dark Things' pulls absolutely no punches as we follow Colby's agonising slog through life after losing Ewan in 'Dreams and Shadows'. Damned already for summoning the Wild Hunt, he finds himself in even hotter water when an old friend from Aus [...]

    • Deuce Naftel says:

      The dog lives!!!

    • Marlene says:

      Originally published at Reading RealityThe Queen of the Dark Things is a very direct sequel to Dreams and Shadows. And I can’t exactly say that I liked Dreams and Shadows. I found it interesting, but it also reminded me quite a bit of Neil Gaiman’s early work, particularly Neverwhere, with a slice of American Gods thrown in to give it body. Or several bodies.Both Dreams and Shadows and The Queen of the Dark Things are contemporary fantasy, of that particular flavor where myth still lives alo [...]

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