‘Being a voracious mystery and suspense reader, imagine my surprise when I found this scintillating fantasy book in my library. I found it started slow going at first then I really got into it. I love this book. I can hardly wait for the next one!’
January 25th, 2018, High Prairie, Alberta.
‘This is as great collection of fantasy and science fiction and everything else that is a bit off the beaten path, something outside of the confines of traditional publishing. Trust me, you won’t regret taking the plunge and entering into the adventures that’s all things InUPress! There’s the right kind of madness in every tale and essay and edition.’
Review by Eric J Kregel of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Danise Wallace, October 2016:
I find it fascinating and it made me think or should I say feel … That walking the steps he walked (following his steps of journey) – Making me breath in the air of existence around me would be wonderful. Observing a time period unknown to me … Well that would make my head spin for sure. I think – I’d probably walk into a wall not watching my footing as I peered, at all the sights …
Fascinating read and made my mind wander around in an unknown era … strangely, but open as if I were there …
I sure hope I have explained my feelings and thoughts on reading … A pleasure.
““Laret: Darkness of Souls” is a multi-layered novel from Kenneth Shumaker, that is reminiscent of Terry Brooks, the Dragonlance series, Tad Williams, and other such classics in the fantasy genre.
However, it could be wrongly assumed that this is “just another fantasy novel”. It isn’t. Far from it, in fact: it is a deeper than usual, often genre defying in its approach to story, character, and mood.
The world of Laret is a firm reality. It is where the terrain, magic, and physical properties all have a reason and are substantive. Shumaker does a great balancing act of introducing us as a reader to a familiar/yet different world, while still delivering a fast paced, ripping yarn.
Shumaker comes from Alberta and you can feel his Canadian command of the elements.
But Laret is more than just scenery. There are several characters he introduces, juggling about three to four stories that all come to a dramatic conclusion at the end.
This is a good read that I would highly recommend, especially those fantasy lovers who are a bit tired of the newer offerings of darkness, nihilism, and can be ultimately really shallow. Laret will do your soul well!”
Review by: Eric J Kregel
From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada