The Dark Forest is a medieval-style fantasy novel that follows the story of three Meadow Haven friends, Roki, Dax and Leena, who enjoy venturing into the nearby forest in search of adventure. As the trio of adventurers gain more experience they also become more confident in their fighting skills. When an appealing bounty is offered as a reward Roki, Dax and Leena eagerly accept the risky assignment. It soon becomes clear that this mission is unlike anything the three friends have attempted before and they each find themselves in grave danger.
Much of the story centers on this one bounty quest in particular. However, what starts out as a mission to collect a reward soon turns into something entirely different. Roki, Dax and Leena are offered a challenge more important and much more dangerous than any other they’ve ever experienced up to that point. Since there’s so much at stake, the trio move forward to finish what they started while facing the very real possibility that they might not all make it out alive.
The Dark Forest is an action-packed and emotionally charged novel suitable for readers of any age. Although this book can certainly be enjoyed by adults, it’s written in a way that should greatly appeal to teens, especially since the protagonists are teens themselves.
David Brogdon is an author who understands his characters and he does a wonderful job of capturing the emotions, mannerisms and dialogue of teens. There’s nothing worse than reading a YA novel that’s centered around teens, but misses its mark entirely. This author knows his audience and it shows.
The writing in this book is nicely developed, especially for a debut novel written by a self-published author. It’s edited quite well. The author’s style is intelligent, compelling and engaging. It’s clear that a lot of thought and effort has gone into The Dark Forest. David Brogdon is an author I would recommend to fans of ya fantasy in particular. This is a book with the potential to become a popular book series. I look forward to reading more from this author.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
David A. Brogdon was born in March of 1987 in Redbluff, California. He moved to rural Arkansas as a small child, where he has remained every since. He graduated high school in 2006, and had his first child, a girl, in 2008. Now on his third child, he avidly works towards balancing his work life with family time, while also pursuing his aspirations of becoming a bestselling author in the realm of action fantasy.