A Wish Too Dark And Kind
by M.L. Blackbird
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 1 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 15 Mar 2022
Among the immortals that inhabit our world, Arnaud Demeure is known as the man who can fulfill your one true wish or who can also conjure your worst nightmares.
Eight invitations are sent to eight immortals, and when Arnaud Demeure hosts a party, no one refuses his request. Why have they been summoned? Is it for a celebration or does a sinister fate await them? After all, in the ways of magick, a party can also be a ritual to end the world.
As the mystery deepens, the attendees must overcome their personal grudges to unravel the threads of Demeure's grand plan that has been centuries in the making. But, with one of the guests secretly working with their host to sabotage the group's every move, it seems impossible to look behind the curtain to learn Demeure's true intentions.
With each guest hiding dark secrets and darker intentions, will they be able to uncover Demeure's mysterious motives or will the party prove to be the deadly nightmare that they each fear?
A Note From the Publisher
Hardcover (978-1-7370192-2-0); Ebook (978-1-737019-20-6)
M. L. Blackbird demonstrates mastery and understanding of multiple literary genres and forms, using this expertise to craft a tale that twists and turns and constantly finds new ways to excite and surprise readers. — Readers' Favorite
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I want to thank NetGalley for my advance readers copy of A Wish Too Dark And Kind. This was such a fun read, fast paced, filled with a lot of mystery, magic. I enjoyed the way it was narrated allowing me to guess and theorized about each character as the story unfolded and pieces came together. 4/5 stars. I will be posting a blog review closer to Pub Day!
What a read!!! I was kindly gifted an early e-copy in return of an honest review. I loved this! The cover immediately caught my attention & I couldn’t put it down! I would certainly recommend.
Thank you Netgalley for this Arc!
A Wish too Dark and Kind is such a creative and intriguing tale. The beginning of the book was slightly confusing but it all came together beautifully.
I fully enjoyed this story which was full of magic and mystery. I definitely recommend this as a quick fantasy read!
If China Mieville collaborated with Justin Cronin to re-invent the urban fantasy genre from scratch, it might read something like this.
When I read the blurb, I initially expected something like a mystery-plot in the style of Agatha Christie, but with vampires (maybe?); while the cover, to me, says YA horror. Neither could be further from the truth, and I'd say the plot as well as the expectations aroused by the cover are perhaps a bit misleading. That's a shame, because this is an amazing book, but probably not what the YA paranormal/vampire mystery crowd might be looking for, and some readers who would very much enjoy this might not think to pick it up. We all judge our books by the covers, after all.
Paranormal, or urban fantasy, is often a pretty low-brow genre and focused mainly on a love story-aspect (let's call it what it is, porn with werewolves). And that's is a big damn shame, because this genre has the potential for so much more.
The labyrinthine horror-plot Blackbird weaves in a dry and detached style that couldn't be further removed from the purple prose often encountered in this genre made this a real joy to read.
I'll say that it's not an easy or fast read, however - you have to be on your toes to follow the interweaving plotlines and time strands, and the prose requires you to sit up and pay attention as well. Initially, it was a little confusing, but the longer you read, the more everything begins coming together.
If you are looking for a genre-bending literary urban fantasy, I would absolutely recommend giving this one a go! Perfect for fans of House of Leaves and China Mieville, as well as people who prefer their supernatural creatures on the horror side of things.
I want to thank NetGalley and M.L. Blackbird for a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. All opinions here expressed are my own.
A thrilling and gripping read, perfect for a weekend!
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback.
It's been a while since I finished a book with a diverse set of characters that felt unique and complex. The plot of this book was hard to follow at times, due to the chapter formats (diary entries and investigation files), however, the worldbuilding, the characters and the action make up for it. The ending of the book felt like perhaps there will be a sequel, and I honestly hope there will be.
The characters keep secrets and are connected in one way or another, and it is all you can think about then the bodies begin to drop.