““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