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Wizards, gods, monsters, reanimated dead things ... and this is just the beginning. A family of campers has been slaughtered and Sam Morgan from the government's National Security Office is scouring the Six Hills for the killers. In nearby Quorn, trainee fire officer Kane Gates struggles to come to terms with his own family tragedy. And now he has to battle the sinister sorc Wizards, gods, monsters, reanimated dead things ... and this is just the beginning. A family of campers has been slaughtered and Sam Morgan from the government's National Security Office is scouring the Six Hills for the killers. In nearby Quorn, trainee fire officer Kane Gates struggles to come to terms with his own family tragedy. And now he has to battle the sinister sorcerer Wilfred Waite, who is bent on corrupting his brother and unleashing hell on earth. When the headstrong Arika Livingston appears in Quorn to investigate reports of a dragon attack, Kane finds himself with a valuable ally. But what is Arika's real agenda? And what is her connection to Sam Morgan and the Dark farm? The horrors lurking beneath the Dark farm will bring the feuding brothers together and begin a chain of events that will threaten not only Dylan, not only our planet, but existence itself. How deep into a world of horror will Kane descend to protect his family from evil? Dark Farm is a supernatural adventure, a thrilling rollercoaster ride into a universe of wizardry, magic, horror, gods, cosmic terror and a looming apocalypse, that has at its heart the fragile relationship between two brothers. Dark Farm - Book One in the epic series, Bringer of the Dark In the far reaches of the universe, the primordial Kragn Z'garh Khrl'ur plots its long-awaited return to Earth. It has help from ancient cults, opposed for centuries by the might of a supernatural society, and now new and unlikely heroes are emerging to lead the final battle.


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Wizards, gods, monsters, reanimated dead things ... and this is just the beginning. A family of campers has been slaughtered and Sam Morgan from the government's National Security Office is scouring the Six Hills for the killers. In nearby Quorn, trainee fire officer Kane Gates struggles to come to terms with his own family tragedy. And now he has to battle the sinister sorc Wizards, gods, monsters, reanimated dead things ... and this is just the beginning. A family of campers has been slaughtered and Sam Morgan from the government's National Security Office is scouring the Six Hills for the killers. In nearby Quorn, trainee fire officer Kane Gates struggles to come to terms with his own family tragedy. And now he has to battle the sinister sorcerer Wilfred Waite, who is bent on corrupting his brother and unleashing hell on earth. When the headstrong Arika Livingston appears in Quorn to investigate reports of a dragon attack, Kane finds himself with a valuable ally. But what is Arika's real agenda? And what is her connection to Sam Morgan and the Dark farm? The horrors lurking beneath the Dark farm will bring the feuding brothers together and begin a chain of events that will threaten not only Dylan, not only our planet, but existence itself. How deep into a world of horror will Kane descend to protect his family from evil? Dark Farm is a supernatural adventure, a thrilling rollercoaster ride into a universe of wizardry, magic, horror, gods, cosmic terror and a looming apocalypse, that has at its heart the fragile relationship between two brothers. Dark Farm - Book One in the epic series, Bringer of the Dark In the far reaches of the universe, the primordial Kragn Z'garh Khrl'ur plots its long-awaited return to Earth. It has help from ancient cults, opposed for centuries by the might of a supernatural society, and now new and unlikely heroes are emerging to lead the final battle.

36 review for Dark Farm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I received an ARC of this book for free from BookSirens. A big thank you to them and the author. I clicked on Dark Farm because the cover intrigued me, reminding me of a Lovecraftian monster, which made sense once I read the synopsis. Dark Farm is heavily inspired by the universe of Lovecraft, a treat for me who's a huge fan of this author's work, but I admit I had doubts about how this book would manage to pull it off and keep its promises. It seemed really ambitious - and it is. It's the first t I received an ARC of this book for free from BookSirens. A big thank you to them and the author. I clicked on Dark Farm because the cover intrigued me, reminding me of a Lovecraftian monster, which made sense once I read the synopsis. Dark Farm is heavily inspired by the universe of Lovecraft, a treat for me who's a huge fan of this author's work, but I admit I had doubts about how this book would manage to pull it off and keep its promises. It seemed really ambitious - and it is. It's the first time I've read anything by this author, so I didn't know what to expect at all when it came to his writing and imagination. There's a lot in this first book of a new fantasy series, which can lead to disaster in some of my previous reading experiences where the author doesn't really seem to know where they're going and what to do with all of this. I'm glad (and kinda impressed, to be honest) that it's not the case here. Dean Alan Raven seemed to have done a lot of thinking, maybe many early drafts to see how he could put things together in a way that makes sense instead of being a mess by trying to include as many things as possible. His writing style makes clear that he knows fantasy and horror and the story is compelling from the first chapter to the last one (by the way, Mr Raven, I do hope you won't make us wait too long after that ending because I need the second book!) The world-building and the magic system are strong enough and exactly what I was in the mood for. Another thing that made me want to read this book is the story between two brothers. I love stories with siblings, that's no secret. Kane is a great character, and I loved his motivation and will to protect his brother. It's not just a story about monsters, gods and the threat of apocalypse, it's also a story about family. The other characters are all compelling in their own way, and they're different from each other. It's annoying when you have a cast of characters where you struggle to differentiate them from each other, but it's definitely not the case here. Arika is one of the most interesting characters in my opinion, and Wilfred one hell of a sorcerer. I loved that the Necromonicon was included, we're definitely in a Lovecraftian universe but without reading a fanfiction by a fan of the author - Dark Farm is also its own story. I also got old horror/fantasy movies vibes, and it wouldn't surprise me if the author was a fan of the genre both in literature and cinema. I won't say much more, because it would spoil the story. If you're interested in an original dark fantasy/horror and if you're a fan of Lovecraft, I definitely recommend to read this book. Dark Farm will be released on May 5, 2021! Pre-order on Amazon

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Monceaux

    See more of my reviews here! ***Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of the book. The following review consists of my honest opinions and reactions to the book.*** This book was a roller-coaster ride of family tragedy, wizards, zombies, and destructive gods. The pacing was often pretty intense despite the book being over 400 pages. I kept wanting to turn the page to see what would happen next. The plot was interesting and left me with a lot of questions and excitement ab See more of my reviews here! ***Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of the book. The following review consists of my honest opinions and reactions to the book.*** This book was a roller-coaster ride of family tragedy, wizards, zombies, and destructive gods. The pacing was often pretty intense despite the book being over 400 pages. I kept wanting to turn the page to see what would happen next. The plot was interesting and left me with a lot of questions and excitement about the next book. The story was ambitious and attempted to cover a lot of ground in one book, but, overall, I thought the author did a great job weaving the parts of the story together to create a gripping, cohesive narrative with fascinating world-building and engaging twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. That being said, parts of the story were repetitive at times, and I think there may have been a less circuitous way to reach the same outcome by streamlining the story some. I also would have liked to see the events of the first third of the book have more of a direct tie-in to the ending given how long was devoted to the family tragedy faced by the main characters at the beginning of the book. I loved so many of the characters. The two brothers, Kane and Dylan, were both well-developed, and their backstory was explored in great depth. I enjoyed seeing their distinct personalities at play as they both coped with family tragedy in different ways. They also both experienced tremendous character growth throughout the story, which felt organic and true to the nature of each boy's characteristics, as well as the situations in which they found themselves. The wizards in this story were also some of my favorite characters simply because they were so deliciously evil. I enjoyed every part of the story that had them in it because their perspectives were just so outrageously villainous. There weren't any characters I didn't like, but there were some secondary characters who had what should have been impactful moments, if only they had been utilized and developed more before that point. The level of horror and grotesque imagery utilized in this book was superb. The author was able to help me create truly repugnant pictures in my head of the zombies and monsters, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I've seen elsewhere that the gods and monsters in this book are based on Lovecraft's writing, but I did not need to read any of his work to understand or enjoy this story. It stands well on its own, and the reader learns about the gods, magic, and history of the world alongside the main characters at a steady pace as the book progresses. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters and villains were fantastic, and the setting seems deep in lore, which is barely scratched by this first book. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I cannot wait to get my hands on future installments.

  3. 5 out of 5

    BooksCoffee

    The volatile supernatural world of powerful wizards, destructive gods, magic, and cosmic terror proves an impressive setting for a story that’s high on suspense and intrigue in Raven’s supernatural thriller. Sam Morgan from the government’s National Security Office is investigating the brutal murder of a family of campers in the Six Hills. In nearby Quorn, trainee fire officer Kane Gates is struggling to come to terms with his parents’ death while dealing with his younger brother’s temper tantru The volatile supernatural world of powerful wizards, destructive gods, magic, and cosmic terror proves an impressive setting for a story that’s high on suspense and intrigue in Raven’s supernatural thriller. Sam Morgan from the government’s National Security Office is investigating the brutal murder of a family of campers in the Six Hills. In nearby Quorn, trainee fire officer Kane Gates is struggling to come to terms with his parents’ death while dealing with his younger brother’s temper tantrums. When a sinister sorcerer enters the brothers’ lives, it’s up to Kane to face the villain and save earth from a looming apocalypse. There is an unsettling darkness at the heart of the novel, but subplots of Kane and Dylan’s struggles and their sibling bond along with issues of trauma and enduring family ties illuminate the story further. Raven portrays Dylan and Kane with understanding and empathy, making the reader root for the flawed but realistic duo as they prevail their personal traumas through sheer will and resilience. His gritty candor and unflinching gaze at brothers’ shortcomings make the narrative ring with authenticity. The pacing is measured, and the atmospheric settings do justice to the story’s mysterious, dark undertone. The tension builds to a shocking and yet heartening finale, leaving the reader with a feeling of gladness for the protagonists. The assured, eloquent prose, the powerfully affecting narrative, and tight plotting make it hard for the reader to put the book away. Dark and expertly crafted, the novel will stay in readers’ minds long after they turn the last page.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Jones

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Dark Farm is a Lovecraft-ian epic fantasy that will leave any reader sitting on the edge of their seat. This is an apocalypse novel like no other and I am here for it. Dean Raven weaves a tale that entraps young Dylan into a world of magic and mayhem. He becomes a helper for wizard Wilfred Waite at the Dark Farm, bringing about chaos in the forms of things from other realms, like The Messenger, Yog-Sothoth, and m I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Dark Farm is a Lovecraft-ian epic fantasy that will leave any reader sitting on the edge of their seat. This is an apocalypse novel like no other and I am here for it. Dean Raven weaves a tale that entraps young Dylan into a world of magic and mayhem. He becomes a helper for wizard Wilfred Waite at the Dark Farm, bringing about chaos in the forms of things from other realms, like The Messenger, Yog-Sothoth, and more. When Dylan’s brother Kane fears losing his last living family member, he embarks on a journey to save his brother, alongside university student Arika who is searching for her father that went missing. Raven doesn’t miss a beat in this novel. Seat-gripping fear, death and destruction, and a lot of blood and black magic all intertwine with Lovecraft folklore to make this a novel of the most epic proportions. I did not want to put this book down while reading it, and I recommend it to everyone I know. The pacing was fantastic. Often times we see fantasy novels either get slogged down in details or are left confused by a glossing over of pertinent information. Raven weaves the story in a way that as Kane discovers more. so does the reader. There wasn’t a single point in the novel where I wanted to skip ahead because each page threw something new at you. This is the first in the Bringer of the Dark series, and I am impatiently awaiting the next installment. One of the easiest five stars I’ve given this year.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sylri

    From what I can tell, this is a new author on the scene of Cthulhu Mythos/Lovecraftian fiction and I am here for it. This book is a mashup of a couple of Lovecraft stories but Dean Raven has managed to give his own unique spin. There’s definitely old school fun to be found, with new Great Old Ones, ancient sorcerers, and armies of the undead…. And other less seemly things. The classics are mentioned as well, such as Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu, which is always fun for a Lovecraft fan like me. My fav From what I can tell, this is a new author on the scene of Cthulhu Mythos/Lovecraftian fiction and I am here for it. This book is a mashup of a couple of Lovecraft stories but Dean Raven has managed to give his own unique spin. There’s definitely old school fun to be found, with new Great Old Ones, ancient sorcerers, and armies of the undead…. And other less seemly things. The classics are mentioned as well, such as Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu, which is always fun for a Lovecraft fan like me. My favorite parts of the story might actually have been the interactions between the villains, the ancient sorcerers, and I was always excited when we would switch to their viewpoints. There’s a sense of dark humor throughout Dark Farm and that was always on excellent display with the evil wizards. This is a very well done first book in a new series, with a cast of characters who all feel distinct and fleshed out, good pacing, and an escalation of events that leads to an epic climax. I am excited to see more from Dean Raven and what he has in store for the Gates brothers and the cult of Kragn. My thanks to Netgalley for a review copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    If you're looking for a horror book that will keep you reading until the end, this is one you want to grab. The pacing was great, there was interesting back story for the main protagonists, and the plot had interesting twists on some common horror themes. There were a couple of events that could have been a little more impactful had there been some more character development of secondary characters, but overall there was noticeable effort to give all of the important characters stories and perso If you're looking for a horror book that will keep you reading until the end, this is one you want to grab. The pacing was great, there was interesting back story for the main protagonists, and the plot had interesting twists on some common horror themes. There were a couple of events that could have been a little more impactful had there been some more character development of secondary characters, but overall there was noticeable effort to give all of the important characters stories and personalities and make them more than just a vehicle for the interesting storyline. The ending sequence was a little predictable, but the journey to get there felt like something new. A lot is crammed into this story and it there were several times that I found myself saying "that's a cool take on that." I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Delphia Von Heeder

    Dark Farm is a dark fantasy. Dean Raven has written a story about wizards, magic and controlling the world. Kane is fighting Wilfred, a wizard, for control of the world and his younger brother. If you enjoy dark, scary books with magic, you will enjoy this book. I received an arc for free in exchange for my honest voluntary review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Musing of Souls

    The book was good. In fact, a lot good. I enjoyed the dark magic and dark matter aspect of the book. Even though it seemed a bit off a few times, I was very intrigued by the book over all!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jaelynn

    Honestly, I loved the book. It had its flaws but it was still very nice! I definitely recommend it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    Lovecraftian monsters? A cover that says "Michael Grant might have written this?" Yes, please. Lovecraftian monsters? A cover that says "Michael Grant might have written this?" Yes, please.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vapaem

  12. 4 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

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