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Dio in the Dark

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In a time where the gods have been reduced to myths and legends, slowly being forgotten, Dio must rise up to save both humans and the gods.

The gods have fallen. Zeus works as a sanitation worker but dreams of being a superhero. Apollo strums his musical magic in solitude. And Dionysus... well... Dio spends his nights clubbing and drinking with mortals who wish to use his powers more than worship him.


This gradually-accepted way of life for the gods throws the entire world into peril, though, as the forgetfulness of mortals and lack of worship to the gods threatens to eliminate the gods from existence and free a dangerous darkness from the underworld to destroy the world.


Dio, along with the help of a reluctant ally and the other gods spread out across the modern human world, must discover and accept his place in the pantheon and lead the charge to a resurgence of remembrance for the mortals before everyone - humanity and gods alike - are lost to the darkness.


Dio in the Dark is an absolutely brilliant debut novella by Rizwan Asad, worthy of every one of the five stars and then some. Despite being a novella, it reads and feels like a well-paced, well-written novel. It doesn't feel short at all.


Asad introduces each of the gods and goddesses in a fresh way while maintaining the traditional traits of each one. The world is vivid, emotions run high, and real-life challenges are met head-on (such as acceptance of oneself, navigating familial drama and trauma, and overcoming internal anxiety/depression/doubts).


If you are looking for a smooth, entertaining, page-turning read and love mythology retellings, this novella should definitely go at the top of the list right up there with Lore Olympus. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!


**Trigger Warnings: murder of family member mentioned, alcoholism, death.**

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I am an Amazon bestselling author and content editor (developmental editor/professional beta reader) with 10+ years of experience. I am a huge fan of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, J.R.R. Tolkien, Clare B. Dunkle, and Timothy Zahn. I also enjoy indie works by Nicole Wells, Andrei Saygo, and Luke Courtney.

About the author

Rizwan Asad is a Toronto-based writer of speculative fiction, best-known for his award-nominated blog, Chocolates & Chai. view profile

Published on October 15, 2021

Published by Ness House Press

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Fantasy

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