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Review: Fade to Black by Francis Knight

Fade to BlackTitle: Fade to Black

Author: Francis Knight

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Rojan Dizon (Book #1)

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Format: Paperback,  384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316217689 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316217682 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


It’s a city built upwards, not across – where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under.

Rojan Dizon doesn’t mind staying in the shadows, because he’s got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can’t hide for ever.

Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan – this is going to hurt

Quick & Dirty: Forbidden magic, missing kids, what is really happening in Mahala?

Opening Sentence: “I forced the door, nice and quiet, with my ever-so-slightly-illegal pulse piston at the ready.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Rojan finds people, what he doesn’t advertise is that he can do so with pain magic, which is expressly illegal. When his brother, who has been shot asks Rojan to find his niece, he doesn’t hesitate to say yes. Even though it’s clear from the beginning that this is going to be extremely dangerous. It also necessitates a trip down below, where everything is different. One of his contacts sets him up with Pasha who in turn introduces him to Jake, with whom he is immediately smitten. Jake, however has an odd relationship with Pasha, even though she clearly doesn’t like to be touched by anyone.

As they begin to search for Amarie, Rojan finds out that kids have been disappearing underneath for quite some time. He begins to realize that they are stumbling on a deeper mystery than who took his niece. As everything begins to fall apart who can Rojan trust? Will Jake and Rojan be able to save Amarie?

This world, I was sucked in from the very beginning. It really gave me a bit (not too much) of a Harry Dresden feel. Although this is a much different world. Magic exists, but for the most part the Ministry forbids it, and they rule with an iron fist. Get arrested and most likely you just disappear, never to be seen again. Rojan is snarky, bit of an ass finder of people. He can do it through his brand of magic, pain magic, but he prefers to do it the old fashioned way, because pain magic is an addiction that you can get lost in.

Rojan ends up in the Under, which is this seedy place where the Ministry and Upsiders are completely not welcome. They have death fights, which is were he meets Jake who never kills anyone, and she and Pasha have been rescuing girls from the mages for awhile now. This is a complex novel with layers, you initially think that the mystery is finding Amarie, but not long after he enters the Under you find that there is soo much more going on.

There are three book in this series, and I will be reviewing book 2 soon! If you like Harry Dresdan or that kind of paranormal then this book is totally for you! I really enjoyed this and I liked Rojan, and Jake and wow…the ending is totally crazy!

Notable Scene:

“I’d nearly had to resort to magic, and I never like to do that.”

“Secrecy was almost like a second religion for them.”

“The years, and with them they animosity, rolled away.”

“Those calm, dead eyes talked to me, told me could slice me limb from limb and not worry about it, but there was something else, deeper, darker, and even now I couldn’t tell you what it was.”

“By the time Pasha came back I was in the hole, in amongst the dead, looking for the dying.”

“But there was something else, something that held them together like an invisible string.”

Rojan Dizon Series:

1. Fade to Black

2. Before the Fall

3. Last to Rise


FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Fade to Black. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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