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Deadmarsh Fey

(Dwellers of Darkness, Children of Light #1)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Flesh and bone and hearts unknown, lead to the rath and your fate will be shown…

Deadmarsh. The name struck terror into the hearts of all who heard it. But to Roger Knightley, neither Deadmarsh the house, nor Deadmarsh the family, had ever been anything to fear. Nearly each summer of his young life had been spent in that manor on the moors, having wild adventures with his
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Kindle Edition, 674 pages
Published May 2nd 2018 by Books in my Belfry
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for sending me your amazing book, Melika! I’m sorry it took me so long to get to it and I’m even more sorry for taking so long to write a proper review! >_<**

”When you close off your heart, Son of Iron, you slam the door on goodness. It cannot get in, but evil can. It is a crafty burglar armed with many types of keys. Once you give in to despair, it is like sounding the dinner gong. And I fear this
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Dianne
Clear your calendar and settle in, you are about to become part of an epic journey where nightmares become reality and reality isn’t quite as it seems in Melika Dannese Lux’s DEADMARSH FEY, an incredibly solid beginning to what appears to be a fabulous series! There is more story between the covers of this dark horror/fantasy than can be given justice in a review.

Roger Knightley never understood the dark stories told of Deadmarsh. For the eleven-year-old, the mansion was a summertime delight, a
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Rachel
*thank you to Netgalley, CreateSpace Independent Publishing and Melika Dannese Lux for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars.

Wow. Ok. This was.....WOW. I took my time with this because I will admit that as an ebook copy, with it being over 600 pages, that kinda overwhelmed me. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE thick chunky books. But NOT thick chunky ebooks. (There is a difference.) Only physical ones. But the story and the cover, OMG THAT COVER, made me push through that
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☕️Kimberly
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lux brings us a deliciously dark story shared from the voice of eleven-year-old, Roger Knightley. Before our story ends, he will have to face his fears and use his wit if he and his family want to survive. The story has a rather large cast of characters and references many a book and lore. With its atmospheric tone and villainous characters you are quickly pulled into the story.

The living cast of characters are easy enough to keep track of. We’ve got family members, staff and unwanted guests,  b
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Fungi From Yuggoth
Review: DEADMARSH-FEY
(Dwellers of Darkness, Children of Light

A dark fantasy set in England and Wales, starring the scion of a family of long lineage, identifiable back to at least the 13th century, DEADMARSH: FEY reminds me in some ways of Henry James' TURN OF THE SCREW. in a very effective and deeply-delineated feat of world-building, young Roger Knightley, expecting n easy-going summer of pretend adventuring with Cousin Lockie at Deadmarsh Hall, instead enters into a world turned upside down
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Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Owain Deadmarsh grabbed a knife, stalked into the woods, and murdered his wife!

Ok, so I’m a little weird. Sometimes when I read a book, I like to surround myself with sounds, smells, and tastes of the time period. I rationalize this behavior to myself by thinking that this will help immerse and engross me in the tale even more, allowing it to expand beyond reading to encompass several more senses beyond sight. So, in several sessions during my reading of Deadmarsh Fey, I listened to a lot of cla
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Laura
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
+Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Melika!

Since I wasn't familiar with the author I didn't set any expectations.

THE WORLD: It's a fantasy world set in England and Wales. I am guessing some time around the 19th Century but I am not sure about this... one of the characters was a crusader and that event happened between the 11th and 13th Century, and we know the character is 700 hundred years old so yeah around the 19th Century.

CHARACTERS: Get ready because there are a t
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Shalini
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an atmospheric read, the entire book had a dark Gothic feel to it. I loved the cover which caused a slight shudder to course through me.

The protagonist, a 11-year-old Roger Knightley is the one leading the story and using his knowledge and intelligence to save his family especially his cousin Lockie. A war between magical creatures, he was ably helped by cousin Travers and valet Bellows. A curse which comes alive when heir to Deadmarsh turns 11 was the basic plot putting into play the
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Heena Rathore P.
When I first came across Deadmarsh Fey by Melika Dannese Lux, I was quickly convinced to read this title because it seemed very interesting but unfortunately, it turned out to be insanely lengthy and full of exhaustive exposition. There are a lot of details and an insane amount of wandering. It took me 3 days to complete the first 1% of the book and somehow I managed to plough on till 5%, not wanting to give up on the book, but it was for nought because same old exposition continued (even more s ...more
Carrie
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really exciting read

I didn't know if I was going to like this, but I found it through r/fantasy, and gave it a chance. I stayed up till one in the morning to finish it, it was that good. Despite the main character being 10, it is an emotional ride, and I found myself attached to the characters. I can't wait for the next one!
Katie Tucker
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An ambitious and exciting beginning to a series. Full of twists and turns; I genuinely never knew what was going to happen next. If you love fantasy, the supernatural, faeries, demons, dragons, and big creepy houses, this book is for you. It's hard to come by fantasy books these days that truly feel inventive, but this book certainly is.
Ash Fitzsimmons
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deadmarsh Fey is a relatively long novel, but don't let that put you off--it's a strong entry into a new series. The story opens almost as a gothic horror tale, which quickly veers into dark fantasy. Melika Lux's cosmology is unique, her characters are memorable, and her ability to maintain a slow build is commendable. Looking forward to the next installment!
Finley
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deadmarsh Fey was an exciting adventure from the first page to the last. It tells the story of the cursed Deadmarsh family, as the youngest generation fights to save themselves and the world from the evil creatures who strive to join this world with their own. Upon returning to his family’s ancestral home for the summer, Roger Knightly finds his world turned upside down. The whole staff of Deadmarsh has been dismissed, save for his cousin, Travers, who is being courted by the mysterious Master C ...more
Crystal Mayfield
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deadmarsh Fey...it's a book that by the end I was cheering on the good guys. The second half of the book is what drew me in finally. It had me wanting to hurry and turn the pages and read faster and faster. This book brings a whole new meaning to family ties that bind.

The first third of the book almost had me shutting it and not ever opening again. However, I kept on and glad I did. The story finally got more interesting in the last two-thirds of the book. Of course, every book starts off a lit
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Aly
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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I think this book has some good idea in it.  But for me this book was very long and it didn't grab me like I wanted.  I love the cover and that grabbed me and I wanted so much for this book to be as good or better than the cover.  I can say, for me it wasn't better.  It was a slow book, which made me not want to keep reading it.  I enjoyed the writing and how different the book was from others I've read but I am still not sure I will read book 2.  I guess time will tell. *This book was given to ...more
John
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book by Melika Dannese Lux. I am definitely a huge fan of hers and she doesn't disappoint with Deadmarsh Fey. The best part of this? There will be other books to follow so we get to get deeper into the characters as the series progresses. A must read for horror/fantasy fans everywhere!
Doris Vandruff
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roger can't wait to get to Deadmarsh. There he will see his cousins. They always have so much fun together. When he gets there, he see things have changed. Travers is wearing an overly fancy dress and a strange moonstone necklace. She seems frightened and not the fun loving girl she usually is. When his other cousin finally arrives from school, he is cold and distant. He also has a strange companion with him, Master Coffyn. He seems to think he is the master of Deadmarsh. Roger finally discovers ...more
Debbie
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Goodreads for the giveaway.I really loved this book of dark fantasy and the story of Desmond and the dragon and the adventures he had to go through. Creatures that don't exist outside of fairy stories.
Desiree reilly
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THANK YOU FOR LETTING READ THE BOOK. I DO THIS BECAUSE I RECEIVED THE BOOK TO DO A REVIEW,

A FAMILY WHO IS FE AND ONE PERSON WHO DOES THE TRAVEL IS ROGER AND THEN THE LAST TIME I TRAVEL IT ALL MOST KILLED ME,NOW HE COMING UP TO THE DEAD MATCH AND ROGER THINK IT CATCHY NAME
THERE IS MURDERED S AND THEN WHEN ROGER IS IN TURMOIL AND HE THINKS HE CAME FROM CONQUER AND BEFORE RED ROSE OF LANCASTER.AND BEFORE THE WHITE ROSE OF YORK.

YOU SEE ROGER IS BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND LIVING AND DEAD NOW HIS COUSIN I
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Ramona Plant
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Deadmarsh Fey is an interesting book written by Melika Dannese Lux. First of, I admit this book overall was very well written. You can tell the author knows how to write, however she does tend to get a little lengthy. This book is extremely complicated and I had a very difficult time understanding the who is who for most of the book. This is especially difficult since the author weaves a tight web of secrets throughout the entire story and only very slowly reveals them. The book is very long I f ...more
Myreadbooks
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and Netgalley for this partnership.

I was immediately attracted by the blanket and we see a boy with a ghost behind him and in the distance a woman in a glass prison.

We learn from the beginning that the name Deadmarsh is scary except to Roger who fears nothing and no one. When he returned to DeadMarsh he found that everything had to be changed: the grounds were no longer maintained, the servants were no longer there, the cat had g
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Jo
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a long book.  And sadly, that was apparent when reading it - not in a good way.

I appreciate what the author was trying to achieve with this gothic feeling novel.  However, I found the pacing to be a little ponderous and the plot to be overly complicated.  That latter issue might not have been such a problem, had the narrative voice been more focused, but it wasn't.  I found it unduly wordy and meandering.

Unfortunately, all these combined meant that, although I finished the book (and I di
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Melika Dannese Lux has been an author since the age of fourteen and writes dream-sagas that incorporate a variety of different genres, including  historical fiction, suspense, thrillers with a supernatural twist, and epic/dark fantasy. She is also a classically trained soprano/violinist/pianist, who holds a BA in Management from Saint Leo University and an MBA in Marketing from Regis University.

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“ 'I’ve seen its other side. I know what lives here, what’s been slumbering for so long.”
 A hollow pit opened up where Roger’s heart was supposed to be. “How would you know that?”
 “I woke it up.”
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Draw the curtains.
“Whatever for?”
Prying eyes and itchy ears.
“Are you naturally cryptic, or is it something you picked up at Guardian training academy?”
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