zondag 23 augustus 2015
Author: Nicholas Bates
Genre: Epic Fantasy / Magical Realism
AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING. The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. In Oceanlight, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her lover over immense seas only to find catastrophe and realization that her world is in turmoil. Meanwhile in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth afflicted by a disease of the blood, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit. Yalara and Einion must discover the causes of their near-deaths and their as yet unrevealed connections as they both face upheaval to their lives and their worlds. Book One of the OCEANLIGHT series.
Review: This book masterfully combines two stories connected in a mysterious way. On the one hand, we have the story of Einion Morgan Alban, who is almost murdered by a man in a white suit. The other story focuses first on Yalara, a winged Sea Sprite, who finds catastrophe and disaster when searching for her lover. Einion and Yalara must look for the connection between them, and Einon discovers that the mysterious gifts he has received may have more powers than he thought possible. As the two worlds collide, each of them must face challenges they never thought possible.
An engaging plot and interesting characters mash with elegant language and sometimes complex vocabulary, which fits in well with the fantasy theme of this book. Recommended to fantasy fans.