Monday, June 3, 2024

Review Tour + #Giveaway: The Dark Court (Songs of the Sage #2) by Vyvyan Evans @VyvEvans @GoddessFish


Vyvyan Evans

GENRE: Science Fiction


A genre-blending dystopian, sci-fi mystery-thriller that will make you think about communication in a whole new way.

Five years after the Great Language Outage, lang-laws have been repealed, but world affairs have only gotten worse. The new automation agenda has resulted in a social caste system based on IQ. Manual employment is a thing of the past, and the lowest soc-ed class, the Unskills, are forced into permanent unemployment.

In a world on the brink of civil war, a deadly insomnia pandemic threatens to kill billions. Lilith King, Interpol’s most celebrated detective, is assigned to the case.

Together with a sleep specialist, Dr. Kace Westwood, Lilith must figure out who or what is behind this new threat. Could the pandemic be the result of the upskilling vagus chips being offered to the lowest soc-ed class? Or are language chips being hacked? And what of the viral conspiracy theories by the mysterious Dark Court, sweeping the globe? Lilith must work every possible angle, and quickly: she is running out of time!

While attempting to stop a vast conspiracy on an intergalactic scale, Lilith also faces shocking revelations about her origin, coming to terms with her own destiny.


But just then, twenty meters in front of me, a small group of Dark Court cultists emerged, out from a side corridor. I grimaced—this only meant trouble. There were four of them, this time with cappa hoods covering their heads, obscuring their faces from sec-cam and LS orb identification by NYPD droids. They were no doubt trying to imitate their beloved, so-called adjudicators, the self-appointed, anonymous leaders of this vile cult of violence and misinformation. The cultists were dressed in black from head to toe, including leather pants and tunics. They even wore black, tactical Kevlar gloves.

The cultists spotted me. “Let’s get her, boys,” said one voice. Then I heard raucous laughter.

They moved toward me, cutting off my route to the UN employee East River entrance. And as they approached, they pulled out neural shock sticks, sheathed in cases worn around their belts. Of course, just my luck. The long, thin devices were illegal, and for good reason. If applied for more than a few seconds, they could result in permanent brain damage or even death. I steeled myself—this was the only way through.

As I neared, the group appeared surprised I was still heading toward them—not the response they expected. I would never run away again, not since that night in the Black Forest, twenty years ago. Sure, I had been through Interpol’s basic combat training, back in the day. For what that was worth. But since the Black Forest, I had taken self-defense training to insane levels, obsessive as always. You could say I had elevated it to the status of a dark art.

My Review:

The Dark Court is the second book in the Songs of the Sage by Vyvyan Evans. The Dark Court was just as good if not better than the first book The Babel Apocalypse. The Dark Court grabbed my attention from the first page and never let go. It kept me hanging on every word from the first page to the last.

The suspense kept me glued to my seat as I tried to figure out what was happening. The many twists and turns kept me racing to the end as I wanted to know it all as soon as possible. The Dark Court kept me in the dark wondering what was going to happen next.

I was enthralled by the language program. I kept thinking about this language program, how smart someone was to have invented something like that, and if other programs had been invented that were just as awesome. I mean there can’t be just one, right?

But then nothing is as perfect as it seems though, right? A deadly insomnia pandemic has broken out among the people that could potentially kill billions.

Has the program been hacked? What is happening to everyone? If the program has been hacked then who would do such a thing? A better question might be, why would someone do something like this?

Lilith King, Interpol’s best detective has been assigned the case. With the help of a sleep specialist, Dr. Kace Westwood Lilith will find out who would do something like this.

Lilith is very good at her job and will stop at nothing to solve a case or help someone. Can Lilith find out what is happening before many people die? Can she save the world?

I highly recommend The Dark Court to all science fiction and dystopian fans! Grab a copy of The Dark Court today! I would also like to suggest that you grab a copy of the first book The Babel Apocalypse as well. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dr. Vyvyan Evans is a native of Chester, England. He holds a PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and is a Professor of Linguistics. He has published numerous acclaimed popular science and technical books on language and linguistics. His popular science essays and articles have appeared in numerous venues including 'The Guardian', 'Psychology Today', 'New York Post', 'New Scientist', 'Newsweek' and 'The New Republic'. His award-winning writing focuses, in one way or another, on the nature of language and mind, the impact of technology on language, and the future of communication. His science fiction work explores the status of language and digital communication technology as potential weapons of mass destruction.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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Sherry said...

Looks like a interesting book.