The Dark King: Chapter Headers

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As with Fae, The Dark King has some of the most amazing chapter headers.

Quotes from Mythology, Poetry and Prose are used to expand the chapter before you’ve even read it.

A little sneak peek into the chapter or for some of the latter chapters a warning of what’s to come!

From Hermes Trismegistus to Edgar Allan Poe to Emily Bronte, here’s a look into some of our favourites from The Dark King.

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Chapter One

“Hark ye O old man and list to my warning;
By ye free from the bondage of night.
Surrender not your soul to the
BROTHERS OF DARKNESS.
Keep thy face ever turned towards the light”

-The Emerald Tablet of Thoth
From Table Six, The Key of Magic.

The Emerald Tablet of Thoth, also referred to as the Emerald Tablets of Hermes, is thought to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus (‘Hermes the Thrice-Great’), a legendary Egyptian god.

 

Chapter Three

“All we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”
Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow—
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

The poem questions the way one can distinguish between reality and fantasy, asking,
“Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream”?

The poem dramatizes a confusion in watching the important things in life slip away.
Realizing he cannot hold onto even one grain of sand leads to his final question that all things are a dream.

 

Chapter Seven

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.it will not lead you astray
– Rumi

Rumi met an enigmatic mystic named Shams who changed his life, transforming him into an ecstatic preacher.
Two years after their meeting, Shams suddenly disappeared and this had a profound effect on Rumi; he devoted the rest of his life to training initiates and writing poetry.

 

Chapter Thirteen

Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same
– Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights.

It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.

 

And finally I think John Milton sums up Devilyns story perfectly in Chapter Nines header,

 

He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires and fears is more than a king
– John Milton

 

Fae: The Chapter Headers

 

 

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The chapter headers in Fae had us all thinking about the chapters before we had even started the chapter itself.
We decided to look further into the quotes and excerpts from poetry and literature.
Here’s some of our favourites from Fae.

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Chapter One

“Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant”
-Seneca

It was written by Seneca the Younger, aka Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher and adviser to the Emperor Nero.
Around 300 BC a Greek Stoic philosopher named Cleanthes wrote the poem and around three centuries later, Seneca translated the Greek into Latin.
“Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt.”

 

Chapter Three

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

From Will, The Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1917.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, a journalist and popular American poet in the late 19th and early 20th century, is little k
known or studied today.

 

Chapter Six

“It lies not win our power to love or hate, For will in us is overruled by fate.”
-Christopher Marlowe

It lies not win our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin
We wish that one should lose, the other win.
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots like in each respect.
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?

Marlowe’s nondramatic work includes the poem Hero and Leander.
This work was incomplete at his death and was extended by George Chapman: the joint work of the two poets was published in 1598.

 

Chapter Nine

“Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature’s mandates.”
-Marquis de Sade, Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings

Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, better known as the Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and write. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author.
Sade was incarcerated in various prisons and in an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life, many of his works were written in prison.

 

Chapter Seventeen

“Deep into the darkness, peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before”
-Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” has been frequently referenced and parodied in contemporary culture. Immediately popular after the poem’s publication in 1845, it quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Some consider it the best poem ever written. As such, modern references to the poem continue to appear in popular culture.

The poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore”. The poem makes use of a number of folk and classical references.

A quote from Devilyn at the beginning of Chapter Eighteen ends the book perfectly.

“No matter how much light lives within me, it cannot encompass the darkness that consumes my soul”

The Dark King Reviews

 

 

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After completing The Dark King we thought we’d let you all know what we thought of the second instalment of the The Fae Trilogy.

Here’s a collection of reviews from the Fae fans around the world.

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The second part of the Fae trilogy does not disappoint. Picking up the story a few months after the end of Fae, The Dark King follows Devilyn as he continues to push away his on true love, Caroline the Light Queen while accepting what the Fates have in store for him.

With evil closing in from all sides, and a new boy in town competing for Caroline’s attention, Devilyn is torn between light and dark. When Caroline learns the truth of her background she refuses to let Devilyn push her away and accept their love.

The Dark King is full of different threads, twists and turns that are surely leading up to a finale where everything comes together.

– Elaine, UK

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The Dark King had me hooked from start to finish.

After the ending of the first book, I knew the second in the trilogy would be just as breathtaking with plenty of anticipation and a climax!

With new characters and old, ones I love to love and ones I love to hate, I enjoyed spending more time getting to know them all through CJ Abedi’s addicting series.

In a book that made me laugh and cry, it’s a must read for any fantasy book lover.

– Zoe, UK

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The Dark King picks up where FAE left off,  Devilyn assumes his role as King, but his heart is not in it,  how can it be when all he can think about is Caroline.  He’s still as swoon worthy as he was before, brooding, tormented, and confused. I feel on love with him all over again but at the same time, I felt sorry for him.  He has the great responsibility of the throne, but he knows that means being away from Caroline

He’s still making decisions that he feels is best without consulting Caroline, so for most of the book, they are operating around each other like strangers!  Caroline still has feelings for Devilyn but feels as if her memories have been a dream.

Caroline seemed a lot stronger in this book.  She’s less willing to put up with Devilyn’s moodiness.  She loves him, and although the pieces are a but fuzzy, it seemed liked she slapped some sense into him!  Thank God, all you’re going to want is for these two to be together.  Not even the temptation of a handsome new stranger keeps Caroline from Devilyn!

I highlighted most of the book, everything that came out of Devilyn, Caroline, Odin, and even Alderon’s mouth I loved!!! I didn’t appreciate Odin’s wisdom and his love for Devilyn in FAE.  There are some foreshadowing moments between Odin and Devilyn that had me in tears! Alderon is still on his campaign to destroy Caroline, Odin, and Devilyn.  He has the help of a few new characters who run a muck, causing all types of havoc, with a promise of more to come in book 3!

The feels you will have while reading this book…I’m so glad I had a support system via FAE Trilogy UK and FAEnatics SA! From the minute I began this book, I was swept away into the magik, that I don’t want to end!  I. CAN’T. WAIT. for book 3!  The Dark King is another masterpiece from duo CJ Abedi!

– Jaclyn, USA

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The pace was fast, filled and exciting from the start. After the abrupt ending of Fae I was very excited to see where the story would lead and how the actions of characters from the first book would pan out. I knew from the first book that I loved the character of Devilyn but it was interesting to see how his character had changed from how he had been in the earlier book, one thing that hadn’t changed though was his love for Caroline.

In this book Devilyn is trying so hard to stay away from Caroline now he has become the Dark King but as Fate would have it eventually their paths would cross. As per the end of the first book, Caroline has no memories of her time with Devilyn and has started back at school a long with her friend Teddy. Through actions out of both of their grasp, Devilyn’s path crosses over with Caroline’s as yet again he does everything in his power to keep her safe from the Dark and even from himself.

There are new characters introduced as well as the growth of the characters from the first book, The Dark King is bound to keep you entwined deep within the story of Devilyn and Caroline and their struggles against their Fate.

– Sam, UK

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On finishing the first book of The Fae Trilogy I was left on tenterhooks waiting for the second book. I was lucky enough to receive a copy to review two weeks before the release and started reading within minutes.

The book picks up, with pace, from the start and like the first book follows both Caroline and Devilyns point of view.

The mythology throughout the book is so well researched, it makes the story more ‘real’.

I fell in love with the characters again, cried, girly giggled and may have even shouted at the Kindle on more than one occasion.

A brilliant second instalment which has left me waiting in anticipation for the final book.

– Dani, UK

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There are not enough words in the English language to describe how much I loved this book.

*SPOILER ALERT*
Devilyn Reilly has now crossed over to the darkness and become “The Dark King. It consumes him but there is that tiny ray of light called…Caroline Ellis. As much as he tries to forget her, he can’t!
Caroline, heir of the Light Fae, is struggling to survive without the love of Devilyn. In typical teenage manner, the moods between the two of them change constantly! She loves him but is trying to move on. He loves her but won’t be with her as he is now Dark. You want to take these two and say in Cher “Moonstruck” fashion…”SNAP OUT OF IT.”

We meet some new characters in this book which cause tension and trouble, but of course the old one’s return. Odin gives his ever loving advice to Devilyn. And Dana returns to try accept what cannot be. And, *MAJOR SPOILER ALERT*, Alderon is BACKKK! *FAINTS* You have to read to find out how!

We see a lot of development of old characters including Tara, Devilyn’s mother! The scenes with her and Devilyn will give you the feels!!!
Out of the two books in the FAE series so far, this is the best! I don’t know how CJ Abedi managed to top FAE, but they did!
Cannot wait to read Book 3 but also don’t want this series to end. *sobs*

– Kerry-Ann, SA