Title: Down Where the Darkness Dwells
Author: Joseph Nassise
Series: Templar Chronicles Companion
In: Urban Enemies (Joseph Nassise)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Horror, Paranormal fantasy, Urban fantasy
Dates read: 20th October 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Gallery Books
5th sentence, 74th page: This man was perhaps a bit smarter than his colleague, for rather than protesting he simply turned and pointed into the ranks of those behind him.
Logan is expendable. At least that’s what the head magic user in his group believes. But, when they leave Logan underground to die a painful death, he might just find a way to wreak vengeance. To get even and become more powerful than anyone ever dreamed…
This short story is kind of creepy. And makes me really feel sorry for Logan. Which I think may be bad, since he’s the villain in this series (that I have now added to my wishlist). After all, he’s simply a novice and is trapped in a horrible situation by a not-so-nice man. And then makes a bad decision that turns himself into a not-so-nice man… but still!
There is a serious level of goose bumps that this story give you though. The depths of a mine, trying to find a Mayan treasure is how so many adventure, Indiana Jones stories start. But they don’t normally involve animated skeletons and magic run amok. Nor do they tend to include a guy who actually seems more horrifying than the villain. Someone who has decided that others are dispensable because of their lack of power. Alright, that does happen quite frequently with villains… but something about this story made it seem that much worse.
Although I did feel sympathy for Logan throughout this story, that sympathy did change as the story unfolded. It was amazing how you start off really feeling sympathy for a young novice. This quickly turns to horror when you realise just what he’s capable of and the lengths that he’s willing to go to. Now I want to see what a terrifying villain Logan turns out to be in the greater series…