After turning the last page of this book, my first thought was “what the hell did I just read?” This book isn’t a light read. If you rush through it, you might miss the point or at least a passage that might mean something to you if you take the time to digest it. Downes’ Fell of Dark is meant to be read carefully and be savoured for its beauty and horror.
It follows two young boys. One named Erik and the other named Thorn. Erik was abducted as a child not long after his father died. As he grows older, he performs miracles and grows into a giant, standing at almost eight feet when he finally meets Thorn. After he performs his first miracle and sees blood on his palms that no one else can see, he decides to keep an oath of silence and gives up his friends. Erik’s narrative is addressed to the wife he feels he’s destined to meet. He also reads the Bible in Latin and considers himself “a martyr waiting for [his] holy death.” Meanwhile, Thorn is bullied at school and his parents have been abusing him since his sister died. He is tormented by voices in his head: the “growls and grunts and whining saws” of Sawmen, Guardians, and the Architect who direct his actions and reactions. Teenagers Erik and Thorn are destined to meet and have a disastrous first encounter. Continue reading