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(The Dark Trilogy #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  51 reviews

IN THE STRANGE labyrinth of pipes on the planet called Dark, things are falling apart. Dun doesn't want to be a hero, he just wants to find an answer to the terrifying dreams he's been having. But the answers, the real answers, are going to take him places he's never imagined and tear him from the only home he's ever known.

With a half finished map from his missing father,

Kindle Edition, 383 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Paul L Arvidson
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May 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a good story that could have been great if it had been properly edited. It frequently was focussed on one character only to jump to another character who was somewhere else in the next sentence. It was a bit jarring and kept me from staying immersed in the story.

As for the story itself, Leland’s review is better than anything I could have written:
Leland Lydecker
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark, Unique & Fascinating!
Dark is an unexpected hybrid, part science fiction and part heroic fantasy. The residents of the place known as the Dark inhabit a labyrinth of pipes and drains surrounding a central aqueduct known as the River, and readers will quickly realize that it is a created world rather than an organic one.

Dun, a budding shaman, and his boisterous friend Padj, along with a clever alchemist named Tali and their mysterious guide, Myrch, are tasked with following the River to its
Brin Murray
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and found the world to be impressively imagined and incredibly fresh. Maybe other people have had this idea before, but I’ve never come across it, and it was amazing to me.
SPOILERS MIGHT FOLLOW though not on story outcome...

Basically, because the characters live in a world without light, they can’t see. But the reader isn’t told that and only gradually comes to understand that their senses do not include sight. They do however include air sense, whereby individu
Gloria Piper
Young Dun, who considers himself a shaman, has been assigned by village elders to carry out a mission that will take him and his two friends through unfamiliar territory. He plans to fill in an incomplete map. They would not have chosen a mysterious character to guide them, but trust him or not, he's part of their travel group. From village to village, the travelers experience many dangers. By journey's end, Dun has changed from a naive youngster to a mature adult with more purpose in mind than ...more
Laura Furuta
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark (The Dark Series # 1)
By: Paul L. Arvidson
5 out of 5 stars

The story Dark (The Dark Series # 1) by Paul L. Arvidson is an amazing fantasy book that I loved reading. It hooks you in from the very beginning and I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the final page. It is a story that has action, adventure, mystery, and danger. I loved reading about the character of Dun. He wants to find the answers to the terrifying dreams that he has been having. He finds himself on a journey with an ol
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading "Dark" out of loyalty to the author as he's a mate, but I kept reading right to end as I was hooked within the first couple of pages. The characters are well developed, the plot is exciting and as for the setting: wow. Once he's finished this trilogy (HINT!), I hope Paul sets some more books here as I am fascinated by the concept.

It's self-published so there are a few typos that, pedant that I am, caught my eye but I hope that enough people read and review the book to get an a
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
interesting, then more interesting. then unprefaced conflict/seemingly unprovoked, curious n interesting on it's own, so hints at a bigger story. so more questions, on more questions, all while feeling very immersive fer me. so, in total, the interesting ramps up in stages(so that's cool), to eventually captivating, n in moments, moving. nevermind that you've likely never seen a world like this, I think the story will catch yer eye too ...more
Alicia Huxtable
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite the interesting read, with some very engaging characters and a storyline that pulls out all the stops. Loved it
Sara Lawson
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is one of the strangest books I've ever read. On one hand, it's an adventure story where the Hobbits go on a quest to find out the Machine Folk who can tell them why the fish are gone, update a map, and possibly even find Dun's missing father, but these aren't hobbits. The River Folk as they call themselves are short, furry humans(?) who live in a cavelike environment. They also have different mystical abilities, such as Dun who has "foretellings" of the future.

Dun and his two companions go
Steve Pillinger
I liked this book; but I have to confess, it didn't grip me. The characters were well-drawn, and I enjoyed them. The plot had unexpected twists and turns, and I wanted to see how it ended. The world-building was excellent, both on the 'macro' scale and the 'micro' scale, with many enjoyable little cultural, social and physical differences thrown in to create a believable alternate reality. Also, one of the central facts of the story (it's hard to say this without creating a spoiler) was very sub ...more
Loukie Adlem
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, scifi, steampunk
This is a delightful, unique story. If you like an adventuresome tale where folk undertake a long, dangerous journey, discover new people and ways of living, and find out secrets that forever change their world view, this is for you.

Dun is a serious, kind sort of person, and he has Forebodings. Flashes of danger to come, and because of this ability (or burden?) he is chosen to travel up stream to find out two things: where have all the fish gone – a serious issue for the River Folk whose main so
Geoffrey Pierce
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally, when reading a novel, I try to think of other novels I have read that are like it. This one was very difficult, for a good reason - it is very unique. The best references I could come up with in terms of similar books were The Giver and Blindness, but they don't quite do it. I find myself leaning more toward movies to find equivalent stories, the closest of which would be 8 and The Dark Crystal. I am truly impressed by how unexpected the world of Dark is, how very interesting the idea ...more
Rae Knightly
The storyline and setting of “Dark” are very unusual and original: different groups or 'Folks' live in different sections of an (underground?) world, interlinked with tunnels and pipes. Also, the whole story is happening in utter darkness. Dun, from the Bridge Folk, is sent on a mission to find out why the Machine Folk, who live several layers up, have disappeared. That's quite a feat when you have to do everything in the dark! So in terms of the story, you’ll find a lot of very creative element ...more
Paul L. Arvidson's Dark is an intriguing adventure story/hero's journey set in a unique world, and first book in the series. Young shaman in training, Dun, is sent by the elders of the bridge-folk to find out why contact with the distant Machine folk has ceased and the fish have disappeared. He is accompanied by his friend Padg and alchemist in training Tali. The trio face dangers on the way and acquire a guide with dubious motives, Myrch.

What I loved about Dark is the world, which is ... well
A New Talent with a New Unique Story That I Adore!

I am guessing this is self published which is awesome BTW. It could use some editing for spelling.. and Clarity. I love that it’s mysterious and told from Dun’s POV. I feel like the story is strong, as I read it all at once because I was fascinated and drawn in. The author has talent of that there is no doubt but.. I’m confused what species Dun is.. I think that the creation of the Overworld, and the people of the Bridge/River/Etc Underneath need
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I give Dark (The Dark Trilogy Book 1) by Paul L. Arvidson, 4 stars.

Dun is just a normal young adult living among his people, the bridge-folk. Well, maybe not that normal. He begins having these dreams that seem like more than dreams. Then the elders of his folk decide that he should set out on a journey to find more information about odd things happening lately. He, along with two friends, sets out on a journey leading them to many adventures and discover just how little they really know. But wi
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark (The Dark Series #1) by Paul L Arvidson

4 Stars

I needed something different and I definitely got that by going totally out of my comfort zone with this book. This is my first read by this author and even though this is not a chosen everyday genre for me it filled the bill for what I was looking for and I'm kind of thinking I will be looking for whatever else he might have available.

It was the writing that had me hooked and once I got going and comfortable I had a hard time putting it down. I
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
By Paul L. Arvidson
You will find Dark to be in the fantasy world. Which will also have a mystery, as well as much needed answers.

Dun, Padg, and Tali set out to get answers. They travel through vents and pipes. Them being chosen by the fellow Bridge Folk. Their adventure will have them traveling many miles. In search of answers. I should mention, the boys are actually blind and therefore traveling in the Dark. They do however use their other senses to get them by. Their adventure will be
Jenni Bishop
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark (The Dark Series #1) by Paul L Arvidson is a fantasy sci fi story and is a dark tale.
It is a story that has plenty of mystery and adventure, action and danger that keeps you
intrigued. There were unexpected twists and turns and the world building was good, which
helped to make it a reality that was believable. I did however think that the story could be
expanded a little more in some areas but it did not detract from the overall story. I really liked
the characters, they are well developed and
Kerry Baker
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark by Paul L. Arvidson is the first book in the Dark Trilogy. This is such a unique story that had me captivated from the moment I read the description.
I didn’t know what to expect from this story really when I went in to it. I was completely unfamiliar with this author but excited to see what the book had in store. While I did have a few minor issues with it I have to say I really enjoyed the story overall. The premise of it was so original and like nothing I have ever read before.
I also real
Erica Fish
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark the first book in the series by Paul Arvidson is a beautifully written Sci-Fi fantasy book. This is my first book by this author so I did not have any preconceived thoughts of what to expect. Arvidson’s story is well thought out, characters are fully developed, and keeps you guessing on what is coming down the pike. One thing I really love about Sci-FI is that there are no rules. Arvidson created a new world that kept me turning the pages because I could not wait to see what was happening n ...more
Chantelle Smith
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Paul L. Arvidson is a new author for me and after experiencing Dark, I will be looking forward to reading more from him. This story was totally engaging, captivating and riveting from start till finish! It is an excellent take on the science fiction, and fantasy genre. It had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation, and wondering what would happen next. This author has created a well-written book, that's fast-paced, action-packed and some excellent characters whose journey we follow througho ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an intriguing enough story to read through to the end. Very imaginative. It has a YA feel, it's about some kids on a hobbit-like expedition, but they are mature enough to not bog down the story in childish behavior. I was trying to figure out the overall premise from beginning to end, but didn't quite succeed. Are they inside an asteroid? An abandoned space station? Do they not have eyes? It seems there would be some source of light at times, static electricity, sparks, luminescent biol ...more
Madilynn Dale
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019read
Dark (The Dark Trilogy Book 1)by Paul L Arvidson

Dark is an interesting and creative novel. There are amazing characters and scenery. This book is very different from the books I have read before. The setting had me thrown for a bit because instead of ever6being described in a visual sense, the author utilized the other senses to describe it. The world is in complete darkness for these individuals. To me, that was fascinating. Dunn, Padg, Tali, and Myrch were all interesting and different
Naomi Valkyrie
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark is the first book in The Dark Trilogy series.

This story is a fantastic sci-fi fantasy adventure. I love the way the characters are written and how unique the setting is. One of the interesting things in this story is the way that the characters experience everything without using the sense of sight. I enjoyed how the author used the sense of proprioception as one of the main avenues for the characters exploring their world. It isn’t something a lot of books use.

Dark catches your interest f
Heidi Eich Woodring
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark by Paul L Arvidson is unlike any book I have ever read before. This science fiction meets fantasy was different and extremely fantastic. Pipes and drains make up the labyrinth called the Dark, all surrounding an area called the River. Dun, who wants answers to his horrible dreams and armed with a half-finished map given to him by his father, he sets off Tali and Padj. This takes Dun far away from the only home he’s ever know and into a world that he never thought that he would see.

I could
Katie Kearney
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark by PAUL ARVIDSON. Let me start by saying this book is WAY outside my normal reading enjoyments. However that didn’t stop me from sinking into this very original and different type of story. The author does a great job of writing a story that can be imagined quite vividly. I’m not the best judge when it comes to these types of stories but I’d have to say it’s well worth a read because as I stated even with it being outside my norm I was really impressed with the storyline and its characters. ...more
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Star
Dark (The Dark Series #1) by Paul L Arvidson
Dark is the first Book in The Dark Series and the first book I’ve read by this Author. I had a hard time getting into at first but the more I read and the further I got into it I had a hard time putting it down. This is not my usual genre but the more I read the more I’m starting to get into it. In this story there is plenty of action, adventure, mystery and even danger. Dun is having terrifying dreams and finds himself on a journey with a old
Heather Lovelace
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my word!! Ok so here’s the deal. If you are looking for a dark fantasy, an unexpected treasure, a twisted tale...THIS book is most definitely for you. I was hooked on the first page. I can see how a reader could be confused if they have to step away from the story for long. But this was one I just simply couldn’t put down. Fascinating, rich in detail, fantastic characters - what a beginning to what looks to be an amazing series. Arvidson is extremely gifted with his words and I look forward t ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author, I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It is a science fiction, fantasy story that is well written and engaging. It has adventure along with sitting on the edge of your seat action. Dun and his two friends set out on a journey through a labyrinth. The farther they go the deeper the danger seems to be and going home is not an option. Are people who they say they are? Will the unknown turn out to be Dun’s survival or his end? I highly recommend this book.
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PAUL ARVIDSON is a forty-something ex lighting designer who lives in rural Somerset. He juggles his non-author time bringing up his children and fighting against being sucked into his wife’s chicken breeding business.

The Dark Trilogy is his first series. He is also working on a thriller.

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The Dark Trilogy (4 books)
  • Darker (The Dark Trilogy Book 2)
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