Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 09/30/2015
Length: 04 hours 40 minutes
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal
“I am not beautiful…”
Knife’s entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.
Her suitor’s cousin offers him a way out, but it won’t be easy. Aerie-Smith has been cursed to walk upright in the form of a beast, and his beloved village suffers from the same spell. Aerie-Smith offers Gwen a trousseau and some hope, if only Knife will keep him company on his island for the span of a year and perform one “regrettable task” at year’s end.
Knife is unprepared for the form the island’s curse takes on his own misshapen body. In one moment of magic, he is given the body of his dreams—and he discovers that where flesh meets spirit and appearance meet reality, sometimes the only place to find truth is in the darkness of a lover’s arms.
I am a sucker for a good remake of old fairy tales. Truth in the Dark was a very unique version of Beauty and the Beast and I felt it was well done. I loved the world Ms. Lane created. I loved Knife and all his idiosyncrasies. I loved that he was majorly flawed and self deprecating while still being the kindest soul ever encountered. I loved that he tried so hard to make his inner self match his outer shell but never succeeded. I love that Aerie-Smith was meant to be the beast of the story when in reality, he never should have been cast in that role. He was a victim of cruelty just as much as Knife. (Can I say that the “girl” in this story was the worst sort of girl! Punishing another for her own transgressions! ugh)
The love that blossomed between Knife and Aerie-Smith was worthy of a fairy tale. It was full of all the wonder and that bit of the unexplained that made these tales so cherished. The fact that both men could see the Truth in the Dark made their love beautiful and real. It made it so I didn’t care that I didn’t understand the way of it, because I felt the truth of it.
The thing I loved the most about this story was it’s message. The way the Truth was seen from the start and mattered little because it was that Truth that meant the most. I really connected to both of these men and loved this story.
I felt the narration of this story was a good one. While the voices themselves were not always my favorite, it didn’t matter because the emotion and pain and love came through with flying colors. I loved the way the narrator made the men come to life.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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