His studio has become his refuge and his prison - a place of boundless imagination and lonely isolation. Brian Archer, creator of a series of successful graphic novels about a vengeful supernatural being called “The Highwayman,” has become a recluse after the adoration of a female fan turned to rage and violence.
But all that changes when he meets a renowned and beautiful illustrator, A.J. Hart, who carries emotional scars of her own. Their work together is fueled by the unrequited passion they share and a mysterious bottle of black ink that arrives one day at Brian’s doorstep.
The impossibly dark liquid has mystical properties, making their characters appear so real they eventually come to life, reigning terror on those who mean them harm and if not stopped—threatens to unleash an apocalypse on all mankind. Brian must break free of his self-imposed exile and solve the mystery that allowed these terrible creatures into the world.
I received an advance review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I am always in search of something new to put up on KSR. INK is definitely a new idea. Similar to Word Processor of the Gods by Stephen King, its chief paranormal element comes from a medium of art that can make creative ideas come to fruition.
The characters are both very three-dimensional with real issues and dark pasts that the reader slowly learns about as the story goes on. I like Brian better than I like A.J., because somehow he seems very believable, a victim of the insane world we now live in.
The story is incomplete, leaving hope that there is another book after this one to fill in the blanks and give us another taste of these very unique storytellers' styles. For having two writers, this book flowed very smoothly. Too often when you get co-writers the story can be seen in two parts as you can clearly see two different writing styles trying and somehow failing to merge. Here it is very clean and smooth; easy to read.
I think that, when I received the review request, I thought that it might be a bit more violent and horrific than it was. I was expecting more bloodshed than I got, and more romance than I would have expected.
I also would have liked a more complete factual detailing. While I am glad it leaves things to be desired for the next book, it also felt incomplete somehow.
All-in-all, I found this to be very unique and fun to read and I would recommend it.
4/5--fun and engaging.
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