Oblivio salvationem Angelis opperitur: Oblivion awaits the Angel's salvation
The Boy can see lost souls.
He has never questioned the fact that he can see them. He thinks of them as the Dark Chorus. When he sets out to restore the soul of his dead mother it becomes clear that his ability comes from within him. It is a force that he cannot ignore – the last shard of the shattered soul of an angel.
To be restored to the kingdom of light, the shard must be cleansed of the evil that infects it – but this requires the corrupt souls of the living!
With the help from Makka, a psychotically violent young man full of hate, and Vee, an abused young woman full of pain, the Boy begins to kill.
Psychiatrist Dr. Eve Rhodes is seconded to assist the police investigation into the Boy's apparently random ritualistic killings. As the investigation gathers pace, a pattern emerges. When Eve pulls at the thread from an article in an old psychology journal, what might otherwise have seemed to her a terrible psychotic delusion now feels all too real…
Will the Boy succeed in restoring the angel's soul to the light? Can Eve stop him, or will she be lost to the realm of the Dark Chorus?
(Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book from Blackthorn Book Tours for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own and are honest and unbiased.)
The Dark Chorus by
Ashley Meggitt blew me away. Despite their occasionally questionable actions, I
found the main characters to be highly sympathetic. Their arcs were perfect. There were consequences for every action, and I appreciated the realistic edge that added to the
protagonists' quest. The author portrayed all the characters well, but
the Boy was my favorite, in part because of the unique, invigorating, often beautiful way he viewed the world. Naive in some ways and unnerving in others, the Boy was an immensely interesting character. I loved the spiritual vibe he brought to the story, and his calm demeanor was at once eerie and endearing.
Ashley Meggitt wrote the Boy's scenes in first person but other scenes in third. The alternating viewpoints may irk some people,
but I thought they provided more insight into the Boy's character than a single
point of view would have. Furthermore, the author handled the switch well, so it wasn't confusing. Not all scenes were easy to follow, though. I
had to reread a few parts to understand what was occurring because the
descriptions weren’t initially clear to me. That said, the plot flowed logically, leading
to a fantastic ending that was even better than I expected. The Dark Chorus was a powerful, riveting supernatural thriller. I'd love to read more from Ashley Meggitt.
Trigger Warning: This work includes some gore, profanity, teen drug use, and ritual sacrifices, as well as mentions of sexual violence toward adults and children, domestic abuse, and human trafficking.
Ashley writes when not studying, playing his guitar, or coaching triathletes.