Thursday, November 12, 2009

Queene of Light (Lightworld/Darkworld #1)

From the book: An unimagined destiny an undeniable passion.
In a time not long from now, the veil between fantasy and reality is ripped asunder creatures of myth and fairytale spill into the mortal world. Enchanted yet horrified, humans force the magical beings Underground, to colonize the sewers and abandoned subway tunnels beneath their glittering cities.
But even magic folk cannot dwell in harmony and soon two Worlds emerge: the Lightworld, home to faeries, dragons and dwarves; and the Darkworld, where vampires, werewolves, angels and demons lurk.
Now, in the dank and shadowy place between Lightworld and Darkworld, a transformation is about to begin....
Ayla, a half-faery, half-human assassin is stalked by Malachi, a Death Angel tasked with harvesting mortal souls. They clash. Immortality evaporates, forging a bond neither may survive. And in the face of unbridled ambitions and untested loyalties, an ominous prophecy is revealed that will shake the Worlds.
When reading this book, I noticed that some of it seemed to be a bit inconsistent in the way the author wrote it. She seemed to linger on the dark areas of the book and then suddenly when Ayla was in war, it was over. It seemed that the darkness held more of the fascination with the author than moving the story along. This could be explained by the dedication that was at both the front and back at the book.
 To me, this book symbolizes a beautiful flower that grew out of the rotting rib cage of a murder victim abandoned in a shallow grave. Thank you to everyone who made that weekend such a horrible experience and forced me to retreat into a fantasy world where a sewer full of monsters offered more hospitable company than yours.
Nice people and objects that made this book possible were the Friday Night Mudslingers, my supportive family, Diet Coke, and Emmy Rossum's Inside Out album.
This dedication could have made the book less interesting, but quite the opposite was true. I was more fascinated.

I also was disappointed with not having much to do with Malachi, her death angel lover. He seemed to be an important part of the story, and I was looking forward to journeying with him on his way to humanity, but his story got cut short once things got going in the lightworld. In fact he almost suddenly seemed an after thought.

Even with those criticisms, I did enjoy this book. I liked the journey of Ayla. Her journey of being a shy outcast, closed off from everyone around her, to a woman in her own right waging war, finding her inner strength, and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

I would recommend this book. It is in all a very enjoyable read.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. 

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  1. I'm reading this book right now actually and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I like it for the most part but I'm feeling a lot of the same reservations you did.

  2. I have never heard of this book, but it sounds good. I like the idea of all creatures being in one book. It actually sounds like it could be too much stuff to stuff into one book. There are a lot of creatures to touch on and stories that could go with them.

    Interesting. Thanks for the great review.

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  4. The premise of the story is very interesting, but not half so interesting as that incredible dedication. I want the story behind THAT.

  5. @ Fiona Robin I will check it out, thanks!

    @ StephanieD... you and me both! :)

  6. Great points. It did seem a bit chopped up. - Parajunkee


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