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THE DARK PATH by Luke Romyn – Book Review

Published January 31, 2012 by Maryam S

Have you ever witnessed something so indescribable that your brain shuts down and the person you once were vanished? What would happen if something or someone were to awaken the senses within you?

All that Antoni saw was the girl-child, and all he felt was her love.

And that was all he would ever need.

Set in New York’s shadowy underworld, an assassin exists only to witness the pain he brings on his victims. He goes by the name of Vain, a conceited, cold-blooded being, commissioned to perform the unspeakable of killings. We will have you journey alongside The Dark Path to uncover the secrecies, memories and emotions that have been laid sleeping for too long.

The look in the Dark Man’s eyes spoke of pain and death, and unable to speak, Guido rapidly shook his head. Gods! The man instilled more fear with a single look than others managed with threats or violence.

A saviour known as Priest is about to change the course of Vain’s destiny forever. A new assignment has been set, to protect a young boy from the devil and its followers. Witness Vain embark on a journey filled with cultists, demons, celestial beings that will leave you not only speechless but craving more.

The Dark Man’s screams cut the air like a reaper’s scythe and his mind exploded.

Luke Romyn, an extraordinary story-teller, possesses a rare talent, to imagine a central character that reaches out to the reader and renders us transfixed. It is not often you empathise with a character in a horror novel and yet one has an overwhelming desire to do so.

The man on the bed sobbed for the first time in many years. The memories returned to him in a torrent and the pain proved almost too much to bear.

This is a must read novel filled with passion, emotion, rage, and paranormal activity that will keep you turning pages throughout the night.

I am honoured to have Luke Romyn visit my blog and talk to me about the inspiration behind The Dark Path and who is behind the writer.

Q: There is an essence of reality within the novel. Do you hold memories that have inspired you to write such a story?

All I can say is that I’ve met a very eclectic bunch of people in my travels, and yes, some of them contributed to aspects of the story. Vain was a combination of many things and facets of my life were definitely involved in his creation. He is by far one of the most badass people I could ever imagine, and I’d hate to encounter such a person in real life.

Q: You set your scenes in New York, Rome and China, have you travelled to these destinations and why set the scenes here?

I’ve never been to New York, though it’s definitely on my list of places to go. I have been to Rome and Beijing and included them in the story because they are all larger than life destinations – much like Vain is a larger than life character. I couldn’t have him strolling down the street in New Jersey and hanging out with the girls from Desperate Housewives. The story is massive and needed to take place in locations around the world which fit the action.

Q: How much research went into cultism?

Since I created the Souls of Sordarrah and the fact they were more of an external threat until the end of the novel, I really didn’t have to base too much of their actions on those of other cults. This was a totally fictional premise, and as such I was able to work without boundaries, making them as fanatical as I needed in order to get the job done. It was cool.

Q: There was some disturbing narrative in The Dark Path, mainly torture, love, and family. How did you feel when writing this storyline?

It was definitely difficult, and in fact the original draft was much more horrific and Vain was incredibly evil, as were the things that happened to him, but I needed to rein things back to make him more likeable as a character. The end result was much more subtle without losing any of the power the scenes evoked. As an untested writer it was definitely a learning experience in that more isn’t always better.

Some of the scenes were incredibly difficult to write, to put myself into those shoes and walk through such soul-scorching evil, and to be honest some of it left me shaken, but it was all necessary in order to create the character wanted. I wanted a Dark Man who walked the line of evil and yet who the reader would end up cheering on, and in order to get that I needed to go through this process. The end result is Vain.

Q: Vain initially comes across as dark, deathly, shadowy and mercenary, however, as he starts to recall flashes of his past he is a mere mortal with a sarcastic sense of humour.. was this your intention, to add humour to the story, making Vain more believable?

I needed to take some of the edge off the brutality of Vain’s nature, and humour seemed to come naturally to a lot of the scenes. Caustic remarks flowed through his dialogue without being forced and felt completely natural, so I ran with it. Along with the internal battle taking place within Vain’sconscience throughout the story this helps to make him more human and much more likeable.

Q: Where do you get your characters from and how do they evolve?

I honestly have no idea, I’ve never really thought about it. Vain was a conscious decision and I created the storyline around him, but the others seemed to just come along for the ride. Squirrel was one of my favourites, and he evolved greatly from the initial role I had in mind for him of being nothing more than a guy who sells information to something else entirely.

My imagination quite often runs off on its own and my job is just to try to keep up. A lot of the characters that emerge in my stories are just in the right place at the right time. This doesn’t mean I don’t put a lot of thought into them, quite the contrary, but I don’t plan them ahead of time. The story will simply take a turn and the role of a new character is there. Their personalities are then developed and individuality ascertained. I don’t just want a clump of bland figures that fill gaps, my characters all need to stand out within the story. Much like the locations and action, nothing is ordinary in my books.

Q: Tell me about your next book, ‘Beyond Hades’

Beyond Hades is going to be my largest release to date, both conceptually and length wise. It’s about an archaeologist, Doctor Talbot Harrison, who receives a phone call telling him his brother has just been killed and the Government needs his help. Minutes later he’s literally dragged from his home under military guard and attacked by a creature straight out of Greek mythology.

And that’s just the first scene.

This book is going to be one hell of a ride for readers, incorporating the massive action of my second novel, Blacklisted, and the intense imagination of The Dark Path into an adventure where the most unlikely of heroes has to somehow stop the world from being consumed by a realm from beyond Hades.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring dark novel writers?

Be true to yourself. Don’t try to write like someone else, write what you believe in and let the ideas lead you where they want to go. Don’t tie yourself down too much with planning and organization, instead allow the storyteller within you to run free upon the page, and entertain yourself with the story you devise. You can either make writing a joy or a chore, the choice is yours.

Thank you Luke.

Readers: What did you think about The Dark Path?

Rated 9/10

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