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Cornell's writing is solid. The sentence structure is smooth and the plot has a good flow. I did run into a few typos and grammar irks but nothing that distracted from the storyline. The characters are believable and the take on fantasy elements is creative. There are no sparkly vampires here. ^_^
Darker Things is a fast read and works well with an e-reader. There is enough action to keep the pages turning and there isn't much of a drag anywhere in the story. I wasn't too keen on the tidy ending and I felt the story was slightly predictable. It's a personal opinion but I don't like my stories wrapped up neatly; life is messy, my stories should be as well. There are also some elements I wanted to delve deeper into but since this is the first in a series I'm sure the hint of more depth is a hook to get me excited about the second installment. It's a good ploy because I will be buying the next book in the series.
This is a good book for Urban Fantasy readers and Cornell is a good writer. It is a very enjoyable read and ranks a high B+ on the Brewed scale.