- ASIN: B09XDWXM16
- Publisher: The Regency Publishers, International; 1st edition (March 28, 2022)
- Publication date: March 28, 2022
- Language: English
- Print length: 52 pages
- Genre: 90-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
The BookViral Review:
A notable short fiction release from A.D. Lewis, ‘A king amongst us’ reveals its literary strength from the start, weaving language devices with a convincing central character to create powerful imagery and an immersive reader experience. Exploring one single compelling conflict, Lewis keeps to the thematic hallmark of a shorter narrative, as he develops his plot swiftly, maintaining a fast-paced and animated flow.
From the off, Lewis focuses on building the backstory of Raven the Messenger, plaything of the king turned gladiator, exposing the depth of anger which has become the central core of his life. After a failed attempt at revenge, and before he has a chance to act further on his vehemence, he is sold to the captivating and ethereal Madam Aurelia.
Surprisingly, their relationship moves from a shared dark passion to love, before a surprising twist reveals the novella’s true genre of surreal horror and dark psychological suspense, with Lewis pushing boundaries as he immerses his reader in the horrific and macabre.
Compactly presented, ‘A King amongst us’ maintains a unity of time and place, with its two locations connected by the catacombs beneath. Likewise, Lewis entwines the central relationships of his main players, keeping the plot tight and bonded, whilst leaving us with unanswered questions to ponder. Using a concise and dramatic structure, Lewis wastes no words, letting each live and breathe in full context.
With an explosive and violent climax, A King Amongst Us may be a quick read but the fascination of Lewis’ plot lingers, leaving the reader both satisfied and hungry for more.