Before I review this book and then give an overview of this Trilogy, I would like to say i have loved these books immensely. I have been amazed and blown away by this incredible trilogy, is a huge story, well researched and executed.
MY REVIEW: 5*
The Risen is the final book in “The Darkest Hand” trilogy. It is set in during The First World War, when war is ravaging Europe and its implications are felt across the world. The Vatican is dealing with its own internal war, the implications of this will affect the populations across the world. The Apocalypse is almost here. Those loyal to the Church will have to draw heavily on their reserves and resources as they battle the hordes. They will discover the truth behind a prophecy. That all is not as it appears and old foes will again play their part. The story takes you on a journey around the globe, showing how far evil and war can travel, but comes back full circle as the battle against the Antichrist reaches its climax.
With this book being the final in the trilogy, it pulls together all the subplots, previously unanswered questions from the earlier books. A small detail or conversation mentioned in those books, suddenly carries a great weight. A seemingly insignificant detail becomes a bombshell of realisation. Nothing has been missed out in this gory, brutal, bloody and truthful conclusion. The story has come full circle into an epic finale.
REVIEW OF THE TRILOGY:
I fell in love with a little e-book called “The Hunted”. It had so many things going on its 45 pages, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would transfer into a longer book, nevermind a trilogy of them. Tarn Richardson has brilliantly put together a huge story with a vast array of memorable and unique characters. I have loved some, loathed some and have been very wrong in my opinion of some. For me this shows what a great author he is, he has managed to bring his characters and his books alive for me in the words he has written. It is like reading a film. There has been a huge amount of research gone into this book and it shows, through the way he has intertwined his world into our own world history. For me he has pulled off one of the most amazing trilogies i have come across. I agree with Cal Moriarty’s comment on the front cover, “Evokes the fantasy of Tolkien and the darkness of King” very deserving of this recommendation. For me these books are second only to The Lord of The Rings books, and they are my favourite.
You will not be disappointed when you read these books. Be warned however; you will become addicted, you will not want to miss a single word or sentence, if you skim over any passage (I don’t think you will) you will miss a crucial detail. You will be immersed in a magnificently twisted and deep-rooted plot, that will be intertwined with treachery, conspiracy, immorality and also faith, loyalty, friendship and so much more.
I would recommend these books for readers of fantasy, dark fiction, horror, thriller and historical fiction.
The final, thrilling instalment of Tarn Richardson’s Darkest Hand trilogy (‘a remarkably original premise [with] damn fine characters’ David Moody), The Risen serves up a fittingly visceral, relentlessly gripping and action-packed climax to this epic series of dark fantasy.
1917. War and revolution are consuming the world, and the apocalypse is imminent. The world is desperate for a hero who can push back the relentless tide of darkness, and save humanity from the return of the Antichrist. But where is Poldek Tacit, the only man capable of defeating these terrifying forces? As old allies unite in a frantic race to unmask the Antichrist and thwart his plan to bring everything into his power, the Darkest Hand continues to terrorise the innocent – while in the Vatican’s vaults long-buried secrets are about to be unveiled, and humanity’s chance of redemption from the forces of evil hangs by a single thread…