First Review – The Mussorgsky Riddle – Bitten By Books


In writing, there are many firsts. Your first story. Your first novel. Your first query letter. Your first rejection. Your one-hundred-and-first rejection. Your first agent. Your first published short story. Your first signing. Your first publishing contract.

Your first review.

Just a couple hours ago, I received an email that the Bitten By Books review for The Mussorgsky Riddle was up. This came as quite a shock as I had been told it wouldn’t be ready till some time in January or February. With equal parts excitement and dread, I clicked on the link.

A five-star review, here is what Lori, the reviewer, had to say:

“Darin Kennedy is a literary genius. The Mussorgsky Riddle is truly like nothing that I have ever read before. Mr. Kennedy describes the fantasy world inside Anthony’s mind so vividly that it leaps off the page. The fast-paced story grabs ahold of you and does not let go until you have turned the very last page. I must admit that I did figure out who the villain was before it was actually revealed, but that in no way takes away from the brilliance of this book. The characters are well-developed and realistic. There is even a touch of romance. Mira Tejedor is a fascinating protagonist and I sincerely hope that Mr. Kennedy has more adventures planned for her.”

I may or may not have shed a tear.

There will likely be more reviews, and no guarantee they will be as positive as this one, but this review made my day, and I wanted to share the goodness with all of you.

All best,


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