I read Edge of the World by Zeece Lugo and enjoyed the story and the characters. I decided to check out more of the story by reading Daniel’s Fork: A Mystery Set in the Daniel’s Fork Universe. Good choice on my part! Please note the disclaimer about the strong sexual content.
Synopsis (from the author): A vicious killer lurks in the dark woods of Daniel’s Fork. Cunning, daring, unrelenting, driven by a powerful obsession, he has killed with impunity for years, evading capture and justice. But now, a new adversary has come to town, and the hunt is on!
In a world without forensics, technology, science, with only the help of the village “witch” and his trusted companions, can William Evers, the new lord of Daniel’s Fork, catch the serial killer that has plagued the village for seven years and save the lovely Susanna from a fate worse than death?
Begin a journey to the future past, to a place 200 years in the future where humanity thrives as it starts over again. Meet Will Evers, the daring, arrogant, handsome new lord of Daniel’s Fork as he endeavors to catch an elusive killer and prove himself a worthy leader. Join his loyal companions and lovers whose only religion is their love for each another. Watch Setiyah, the wise healer, as she endeavors to resist and at the same time, accept, the roguish new lord.
At Daniel’s Fork, you’ll find no zombies, no post-apocalyptic terror, no technology, no religion, no monsters other than the human kind. Earth the way it should be. Mankind still driven by passion!
THIS NOVEL CONTAINS SOME STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER READERS AND OTHERS WHO OBJECT TO SUCH CONTENT. THERE ARE TWO CHAPTERS THAT CONTAIN EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT THAT MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME READERS.
What I liked: Zeece Lugo has created a great post-apocalyptic world where technology doesn’t exist. The characters are certainly memorable, and the passion of the characters - and the author are evident throughout the book. The story itself has plenty of twists and turns, intrigue abounds, and the ending very nicely ties up any loose ends. Daniel’s Fork was a very enjoyable read!
What I didn’t like: I don’t have any objections to strong content, and the scenes that contain it in this book are well done, but, at least for me, they didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the book. The graphic description seemed over the top and didn’t add to the story overall.
Overall impression: Daniel’s Fork was an excellent read. Despite my comments above about the sexual content, the book was well-paced, well-written, and filled with the action, intrigue, and romance that keep me interested. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys steamy post-apocalyptic books! Well done Zeece Lugo!
My Rating: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars)