Aeons ago an unspeakable evil was unleashed upon the cosmos. Luckily at that time there was enough positive magic to keep that evil in check. But in the present day that magic is fading and the evil has resurfaced and it’s up to a choice few to battle the forces that threaten to eradicate humankind.
The key players in this battle are introduced though a comprehensive mosaic of exposition that begins back in 500 BC with two behemoths fighting to the intended death with an enchanted sword. Centuries later a young adult of privilege in empire-era Rome becomes the victim of a fairy curse that makes him forever a target for both sides of the cosmic turmoil. In present-day Manchester UK, one altruistic action by family man Sam Austin accidentally opens a portal through which dark forces can find quarter in the present day and drags both him and his wife into the good vs evil struggle.
As the narrative moves forward in Vincent Bobbe’s IMMORTALS’ REQUIEM, the lives of these and other participants intertwine and interact and the lines of who are foes and who are allies move back and forth across the spectrum. As often as the character arcs converge, they diverge as well, providing for a truly universal theater of action. Some take the fight to alternative realms of existence where they much match wits and weapons with zombies and shape-shifters and other mythical mystical beings. Others are left to fight it out against equally egregious combatants in contemporary time. Eventually all find themselves drawn together for the final climactic confrontation. This fulfillment of the classic unities of time and place brings the saga full-circle and brings along a final resolution that is as earthshaking as it is absolute.
A fantasy opera of high craftsmanship, IMMORTALS’ REQUIEM is built upon an overall classical narrative structure that is matched only by the meticulous detail the author affords in constructing his universe. Devotees of the genre will appreciate that thoroughness while those new to this type of story should be surprised at the ease in which they are drawn in to the author’s vision.
The eternal struggle between good and evil receives the fully fantastical treatment it deserves in IMMORTALS’ REQUIEM, an erudite and entertaining dark fantasy.
~Johnny Masiulewicz for IndieReader