I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Darkness of the Womb by Richard B. Knight
on June 16th 2013
Before life and after death, we exist in the Internal Landscape. It is here where the unborn decide if they want to be born or not. It is also here where the deceased battle their past regrets in the form of monsters in order to find peace in the afterlife. It is a violent, horrifying world where one can die a second death and slip into eternal darkness if they let their past regrets defeat them.
Enter soon-to-be-mother, Marigold Haunt. She has wanted a child her entire life, and finally gets her wish at the age of 49. But after an accident, Marigold is pronounced brain dead (even though her body still lives). Ending up in the Internal Landscape, Marigold's journey toward fate begins. She is guided by the avatar of Instinct who protects her from the monsters manifested from her past regrets. But when she finds out her unborn child doesn’t want to be born, she decides to risk eternal darkness for the small chance of convincing her child to live.
Whether you believe in Heaven and Hell or the first law of thermodynamics, one thing is for sure, it takes imagination to think about anything to do with the afterlife, or the before life in this book. No matter what you believe, creating and reading this book takes an awful lot of imagination! The idea that we can fight for our lives even prior to being born or that in the case of Aiden, we could choose to commit suicide before being born, is definitely a new concept. This concept is what kept Aiden’s parents fighting for him through so much.
Although the actual plot was interesting for some reason I noticed that I just couldn’t connect with the story. I wanted to, I liked the characters, I loved the idea behind the story, I was cheering for the right side for once, everything was in place, and yet … I just didn’t feel it. The writing is also good so I know that it wasn’t due to that. Just something didn’t mesh for me.
Now, in defense to the author, I love reading spiritual books, however, I do not love reading fictional books about spirituality. And although this book is only an underlying idea about spirituality and how we accept or do not accept religion, I think that held my thinking back. And I really had to think about the landscape that they found themselves in, about the characters in that landscape, and how the plot was working within the landscape. All in all I just wanted something different, which again doesn’t reflect the author. This is a … it’s me, not you.
So, I’m thinking if you have an open mind and enjoy fantasy then you’ll want to grab this one even if just to expand your thinking a little. It really was an interesting and exciting read.
Richard has a love of movies, video games, and comic books, and all three influences come through in his writing. You can find the website for his debut novel, The Darkness of the Womb, here: http://thedarknessofthewomb.com/. Richard loves making friends. Would you like to be one of them?