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Product Details

  • Series: A Rojan Dizon Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316217689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316217682
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Intensely realized and gripping."—Kirkus Reviews

"The persistent sense of lurking danger along with Rojan's inner conflict between apathy and authentic emotion contribute to an absorbing read."—RT Book Reviews

"Knight's debut recalls the vibrant, urban-based fantasies of China Miéville, Jay Lake, and Glen Cook. Combining traces of steampunk with urban noir fantasy, this story should appeal to fans of most fantasy variants."—Library Journal

"A brilliant adventure/mystery which totally lived up to the cover... A thoroughly enjoyable read with plenty of twists and turns, and darkness enough to make the title perfectly apt. Highly recommended."—thebookbag.co.uk

"Fade to Black is superb, and raises the benchmark quite high indeed for 2013's other debut fantasies. Very highly recommended."—Civilian Reader

"A savage stab at organised religion and social control... emotionally powerful."—Sun (UK) on Fade to Black

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Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.

Customer Reviews

I really recommend this if you enjoy Urban Fantasy, dark fantasy, thrillers with fantasy elements.
bettie lee II
Rojan was a suave character and his point of view was nicely developed, but sometimes I felt he came off as almost a misogynist at the beginning.
Christal
As far as the story, it has a unique setting and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the trilogy.
M. Allen

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Books31 on February 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Fade to Black is Francis Knight’s debut novel, and I have to say, it kept me glued to my seat.

It starts off with Rojan, the protagonist, trying to catch a runaway girl, who tries to electrocute him and set him on fire when he goes after her, and keeps at that level of action until the last page of the book.

Rojan, while a little ruff around the edges at first is a likable protagonist who over the course of the next few books in the series has the potential to really grow into a fantastic protagonist. Now, the character I really would have liked to have read more about was Dendal. Everything I read about Dendal I really enjoyed and in my opinion he has the potential to offer the story some Yoda style wisdom to help explain some of the happenings of the events as well as some comedic relief. I’m not saying the other characters were bad, in fact I really liked most of the characters, I just really liked Dendal and would like to read more of him.

One of my only problems with the book was the way that the author, Knight, kept repeating herself. I understand that she was trying to make the points that; that Rojan was scared of his magic and didn’t like to use it, that he was a womanizer, and that the synthtox, the predecessor of the glow, killed loads of people including Rojan’s mother. But the number of times I read and re-read these points was ridiculous and began getting a bit annoying as it takes the reader out the story and detracts from the overall level of enjoyment in the book.

That said, this was Knight’s first book, and I really enjoyed it overall.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Josh Gribble on May 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Fade to Black has several great ideas: A city that is layer upon layer, a magic system in which magic is based upon pain (either of the mage or someone else), a fantasy story that unfolds more like a classic noir novel rather than a Tolkien clone. Unfortunately neither the plot nor the characterization is enough to raise this story to the heights of its premise.

Starting with the premise, the author really does nail the world. The city's backstory is intriguing, the strata and what they say about Rojan's (and our) society is meaningful, and it really does spark the sense of awe that makes fantasy special. The technology is all over the place, at times feeling almost modern (car like carriages) yet in other ways (guns were just invented and swords are still in use) closer to early 16th century but even this works when you consider the strange effect magic would have on the development of technology and society. The magic system, while a little too loose for my standards since the limits or uses of pain magic are a little unclear, is intriguing and offers an interesting twist on the corrupting power of magic.

Unfortunately, as the story progresses and moves to the lowest layer of the city things metaphorically bottom out as well. The central characters Rojan meets are one dimensional and the choices they make unbelievable and end up disrupting the good characterization of the dark and dangerous world. He meets a group of freedom fighters, fighting against a twisted and evil group of slavers, yet these freedom fighters refuse to kill anyone. When they finally have the chance to bring down the villain they've dedicated their life to stopping they allow a lover's quarrel to complicate things.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on May 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Fade to Black by Francis Knight (@Knight_Francis) is the first in a series set in a world where pain can power magic, and technology is still fairly new and strange. The city of Mahala is built in the typical `rich on top, poor down below' arrangement that shoves the unlucky, or simply `undesirable' people into what is literally the pit of this place. The Ministry, Mahala's ruling class is supposed to look after its citizens, but in reality they are just as much a threat at the gangs and other criminals.

Into all this comes Rojan Dizon, a man who is happiest when womanizing and bounty hunting people who don't run too far. Of course, even hitting on any woman with a pulse can't go on forever, and Rojan finds out that his brother has been attacked, and the niece he's never met was kidnapped. The tricky part is, Rojan's brother has a few more secrets than expected, and the girl was taken below the city, to the places nobody wants to go and fewer return from.

The tone of Fade to Black is dark, fantasy, steampunk, with a dash of noir. Of course Rojan is going to have to venture into the underbelly of Mahala, and given his issues with using his ability to harness magic with pain - dislocation of a finger is a favorite method, even if Rojan favors using a little blood, minimal effort is his trademark early on in the book, that also has to be confronted.

The mistreatment of the poor factors largely in this book, and the use of women and girls as prostitutes, and tools in other forms is a tired plot device that is as apt to inspire disgust as it is exhaustion. Yes, the audience knows how vulnerable women can be, but it would be nice to see more of a comeuppance for the oppressors, rather than always having a male protagonist step in to save the day.
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