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Light in the Gloaming [Kindle Edition]

J.B. Simmons
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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“The Gloaming was worse than the grave…”

Or so Tryst believed when he banished the former prince to this secret and brutal exile. Now Tryst sits on the throne of Valemidas. He feasts with nobles and prepares an army to conquer the world.

But things are never as stable as they seem. Old loyalties remain. The people of Valemidas groan under Tryst’s heavy yoke and his network of spies. Some opponents plant the seeds for revolution. Tryst’s own family is divided. His sister has ambitions exceeding her brother’s, while their half-sister wants vengeance for the disappeared prince she loved. No one escapes the Gloaming, but the fallen prince is different. What would happen if a man emerged from a place worse than the grave?

Alliances will crumble, battles will rage, and souls will transform in the Gloaming.



Editorial Reviews

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"Tightly crafted . . . thoroughly entertaining . . . a real triumph to creative literature and well deserving of its stars." 
-- Sara Bain, author, Ivy Moon Press

"[S]erious 'wow' factor . . . ." 
-- Michael W. Anderson, author

"[A] great mix of fantasy, adventure, and allegor[y]."
-- Sunshine Somerville, author

"The characters were outstanding . . . The story was excellent . . . [E]very part of the world is more brilliant in the way the author describes it." 
-- Two Reads Blog

"I HIGHLY recommend . . . It's a tale that will stay in my head a long time." 
-- Ryan Paige Howard, Realm of Hearts Blog

About the Author

J.B. Simmons writes thrillers with an apocalyptic twist, and political philosophy clothed in fantasy. His latest novel, Unbound, tells the story of a rich kid from Manhattan with nightmares of a dragon and the world ending in 2066.

J.B. lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife, two toddlers, and an intriguing day job. He writes before dawn and runs all day. His secret fuel: coffee and leftover juice boxes. 

Learn more at jbsimmons.com.

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E1W6E1C
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Characters; Some "Wow" Factor August 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Overall, this is an interesting story, with a range of solid to very good characters. The story is carried by a couple really neat, original ideas. Not a spoiler, but the "Gloaming" has some serious "wow" factor to it. As in, during those parts of the book I totally forgot I was reading. The pages were just turning and I was experiencing the story. The Gloaming concept is introduced right from the beginning so if you read the first few chapters (which I'm assuming you can access through the preview), you'll get a sense for whether this is the book for you. Overall, I thought this book was worth the price and I would consider other works by this author.

Quick explanation of my rating scale:
[5 Stars] - Exquisitely written and impeccably delivered; no complaints (David Copperfield, Fahrenheit 451,The Most Dangerous Game (short story), etc.)
[4 Stars] - Some qualms with style, but so interesting/original that it doesn't matter (Hunger Games 1 & 2, I Am Legend, etc.)
[3 Stars] - Enough of either the 5 Star elements (well-written) or 4 Star elements (interesting/original) to make it an interesting read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong new fantasy series that takes a different approach February 19, 2014
By Richard
Format:Paperback
The characters were outstanding, they had interesting and diverse personalities. The good characters had flaws. There were also some characters who appeared to be aiding the main character, but with the way the author conveys the heroes thoughts we have doubts along with him whether they are truly helping him or if they will betray him in the end. The author did an excellent job of bringing across believable thoughts and feelings from all of the characters.

It was interesting to see chapters from the point of view of the hero, Andor and his rival Tryst from first person perspective and chapters from the point of view of other characters written in third person perspective. It was an good technique and it certainly made me feel it was a story about these two main characters.

The story was excellent. It was different from your average hero having to overthrow the villain story. Since the hero had to be more subtle about it and was attempting to do it without killing his rival.

The action was fairly light and the fighting scenes tended to be short. That’s not to say there isn’t anything happening or that it is short on excitement. There is plenty of that; it just takes a different form, such as the main characters planning on how they will overthrow Tryst. Probably the biggest disappointment with the action was how the tension could build up, or something appears to being set up for an action filled sequence only to turn out to be fairly small.

The descriptions are very well written, every part of the world is more brilliant in the way the author describes it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of a debut novel September 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
AMERICAN author JB Simmons brings a refreshing take on the fantasy genre with his debut novel Light in the Gloaming.

Very often, it's the orcs, goblins and magical creatures of lore that hook fans of fantasy into a new author. Mr Simmons, however, has turned his back on the norm and instead filled his deep and gripping tale with the inner demons of the human psyche.

This is a story of the traditional good versus evil, of the power struggles between men, and the effect of their decisions and actions upon the people whose lives they touch.

Simmons discloses an intelligent and close inspection of human nature with characters who are well-drawn and carefully observed. Like his characters, his world (both above and below ground level) has many hidden depths and all is set to, in the author's words, `a simple yet luxurious backdrop.'

Beneath the bright city of Valemidas lies a forgotten place of horror and anarchy. The Gloaming is home to the lost and the vanquished; a vast tract of sunless wilderness where its inhabitants survive solely by instinct. It is here we find the main protagonist of the story (who shall not be named for fear of spoiling the surprises), banished to a life on the threshold of hell by the malevolent machinations of an ambitious family member.

The plot revolves around the plight of this banished man to reclaim his natural status in the world above and the underlying theme, woven into the narrative with vigilant sensitivity, studies the issue of good and evil inherent within us all.

Simmons' narrative is tightly crafted with some beautiful descriptions and observations adding life and vigour to a thoroughly entertaining storyline.

For a writer who professes to have never taken a writing course, this debut is a real triumph to creative literature and well deserving of its stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was watching a movie while I watched it March 10, 2014
By Anne
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hard to believe this is J.B. Simmons' first novel. It opens mysteriously, but one quickly pieces together the puzzle after the first two chapters - or does she? Simmons deftly handles the development of multiple characters and the intertwining connections between them. The plots are layers and complex. This is not a 2D distopian epic fantasy but a well thought out and envisioned novel. I say "envisioned" because I felt like I was watching the movie of it as I read each page. From the battles scenes to the romantic ones, I felt like I was WITH the characters ... and look forward to joining them again in Simmons' next novel, already ordered and on its way thanks to Amazon Prime!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay. Not bad. Writing was decent, but story only so-so.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review. I had started to read this book once before, but couldn't get into it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, hackneyed and slow.
Really disappointing. Predictable and slow.
Published 2 months ago by Dewey
4.0 out of 5 stars I quite liked Jon and Wren as characters
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

This book was quite an intriguing one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read.
This is really wonderful story. Simmons masterfully weaves together a number of rich storylines throughout the tale, creating intrigue and developing strong characters throughout... Read more
Published 3 months ago by W. Christopher Horst
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK VERY MUCH AND WOULD RECOMMEND IT. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THE SECOND BOOK.
Published 3 months ago by mojo821
5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerizing and extremely captivating story - A Truly enjoyable...
Each character representation brought a special meaning to this story. The basic principles of good and evil forced me to be totally engrossed in the novel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John H. Kuhl, CPCM
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked this book
Really liked this book. The characters are so real I can reach out and touch them. Really good bad guys and really great good guys!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heather Kulin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and thoughtful fantasy
This book has a great mix of fantasy, adventure, and allegorical elements that add a deeper religious/philosophical meaning to the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sunshine Somerville
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
An original story with good lessons!
Published 5 months ago by Joce323
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's cover!
So I never would have thought that I would have found a page turner in his book, I started it in waiting for another book to release, then planned to let it lay... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K B
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J.B. Simmons writes thrillers with an apocalyptic twist, and philosophy clothed in fantasy. His latest novel, Unbound, tells the story of a rich kid from Manhattan with nightmares of a dragon and the world ending in 2066.

J.B. lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife, two toddlers, and an intriguing day job. He writes before dawn and runs all day. His secret fuel: coffee and leftover juice boxes.

Learn more at jbsimmons.com.

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