"Great horror tale"
The world is changing as the forces of darkness begin to
get stronger. Billions of people have disappeared, only
their clothing left behind. Many of those who remain are
changed into reptilian beasts who only want to kill the
normals. There is no more power and the food and water
have a taint to it. Cities collapse and the landscape of
the planet undergoes a rapid change but this is not the
Rapture or its aftermath. The Old Ones, beings who live
in another dimension, are returning to destroy Earth
before they return to their own realm.
An ancient organization known as the Rex Deux franatically
try to find the chosen ones who like the others before
them will be the saviors of mankind and keep the portal
between the dimensions closed. Lucy Deveraux, who has
always been a loner, hides from the Qedem Melech, the
organization who helps the Old Ones and their minions.
She along with Dylan Barnes, fighting his own demons and
grieving the loss of his wife, is the ones who must fight
the old ones. From separate parts of the country, they
and their allies meet on the sacred ground of The Keep,
hoping to find the knowledge that will help them defeat
There are many great horror novelists writing today
including King, Koontz, and Barker, but Chandler McGrew
proves with THE DARKENING he is their equal. The
protagonists don't want to be world saviors but when push
comes to shove they find the courage to try. Readers will
empathize with their predicament and sympathize with their
doubts and root for them as they go against an enemy more
powerful than they could imagine.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 5, 2004