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Lightbreaker: Codex of Souls Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
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Grim and refined, Teppo’s aggressive near-noir is rich and strangeheavily and deftly textured. It’s got a punch that’ll leave you rattled, intrigued, and tasting blood.”
Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker and Maplecroft
The best book about magic that I have read since Peter Straub’s Shadowland...Complex, dark, and one hell of a ride.”
Famous Monsters of Filmland
With Lightbreaker, Mark Teppo has built something out of shadow and starlight that grabs the reader and simply won't let go. The story is dark and dense and beautifully written. It is also eerie and morally complex and yet ultimately hopeful. Perhaps more to the point, it's simply a damn good read and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what Teppo does next.”
Kelly McCullough, author of WebMage and Broken Blade
...awash in unpredictable emotions.”
The Green Man Review
More About the Author
During the day, he is the founder and publisher of RESURRECTION HOUSE, a fiercely independent genre publisher devoted to adoring the printed book from author to audience. At night, he is a synthesist, a trouble-shooter (and -maker), a cat herder, and an idea man. His favorite Tarot card is the Moon.
Top Customer Reviews
Lightbreaker effortlessly melds many styles of magic such as Hermeticism, Shamanism, and Western magick with a healthy dose of Aleister Crowley and tarot symbolism. The story gets bigger and bigger quite unexpectedly, especially towards the end. What starts as a unusual chase develops into a soul stealing cataclysm. The first section mostly has to do with Markham wanting to get revenge for a great wrong done him, which is quickly turned around on him a bit too easily. However, Teppo quickly made up for this flaw with a broader story and the introduction of great characters and some cool magic. One of the things I've loved about the past few Dresden Files is the magical politics, which Lightbreaker has in spades with more to come.
Lightbreak is a fine entry into Urban Fantasy that is sure to standout from the pack. I give Lightbreaker 8 out of 10 Hats. Fans of strong male protagonist Urban Fantasy are sure to have an immediate connection to Markham and the world Teppo has concocted. There are many plot holes left open, which I hope are address in future volumes.Read more ›
Michael Markham, the protagonist, is not anything like Harry Dresden, Felix Castor, or Atticus O'Sullivan; instead, he is like the first figure of the Tarot--the Fool, who appears anywhere in the pack where a difficult transition is imminent. And like the Fool, Markham is on a journey, a journey up the Tree of Life. However, when the novel begins, woefully, I might add, en medias res, Markham journeys in the opposite direction, following not the progression set forth in the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah but in the opposite direction, along the path of the qlipothic tree, the steps that stand in opposition of the sephiroth.
His journey, fueled by anger, darkness and revenge, has led him to Seattle, the place where the odyssey began. So, when the novel opens, the reader suspects, but doesn't really know, that much has happened in Markham's past. However, this past fuels or excites the current action. Imagine, this back-story, this weighty narrative, contained in the Fool's sack, slung over the Fool's shoulder as an extremely heavy load; its sheer weigh a tangible presence that informs through its hidden-ness that there is much more here than meets the eye.Read more ›
Much as I love the folks at Night Shade Books, I am NOT the target audience for a novel that repeatedly uses (sometimes sick) sexual imagery in dreams and interpretations of Tarot card readings. I admit that this worked well as a means of foreshadowing and misdirection, but things like a fat cherub beating a fish to death with its oversized engorged tool are enough to throw me right out of a story, okay? The readings and, especially, the dreams just went on and on and on and ON until I found myself skimming, which was not all that useful when said dreams and Tarot readings were referenced again and again as Our Antihero tried to untangle the skein of the mystery.
There were good, nay great moments like when (spoiler alert) the person he most wanted to hurt showed up as a fellow captive, and they settled their differences and worked as allies. It was also wonderful to see the main character go through an internal transformation where he dealt with his fears. And there were unexpected zombies, which worked very well. But the continual, magikal ecumenical "kumbayah" moments where the author tried to show that all forms of magik were the same, really the same! got dizzying in their multiplicity of traditions. Teppo tried to tie together too many forms of magic in one book.
Wendy S. Delmater, Editor
Abyss & Apex Magazine
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved Lightbreaker and it's follow up, Heartland. Teppo gives us a great character to follow and a solid story. Recommended.Published 9 months ago by Dave Bara
It was a decent read.. What I would say is a con is that the background information was not there I didnt understand the significance of many things until the end of the book.. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by jared
This novel starts off with a start lead: The protagonist is back in town to find a woman from his past. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Jared
I was hooked from the beginning in part because of the setting: not just Seattle, but the ferry from the peninsula to downtown. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Sean A. Axmaker
The author sets his story in an interesting, if not especially original, urban-fantastical world. However, I could not get past the overwrought and terribly whiny protagonist. Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by TooManyNotes
Finished it recently and was very satisfied with the story and the universe of magic that Teppo has built.Published on January 26, 2010 by K. McGuin
Aloha! I blazed through this one, and I'm happy to see the next one in the series is coming out in a few days! Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I haven't read the book yet. I hoard books I like until I have more time to devote to savoring them, however, I read an excerpt and it sounds right up my alley. Read morePublished on July 20, 2009 by Jacqueline D. Luttrell