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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Lightbringer
  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616145390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616145392
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,914,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for K.D. McEntire:

"McEntire's writing shimmers. The world she's created is intricate and full of life.
Reaper will leave you breathless."
- Kristopher Reisz, author of Unleashed

"Reaper is a fascinating and touching story built in a rich, layered world where the stakes are bigger than life or death. . . . K.D. McEntire's writing is smart, sharp, and utterly engaging. Reaper will take you on a thrilling trip . . . where death is only the beginning."
- Leah Petersen, author of Fighting Gravity

"A mesmerizing and haunting tale rich with engaging characters, tense adventures,
and a guiding theme of love and trust. . . . I highly recommend it."
- I Swim for Oceans

"A new take on ghosts, death, souls, and reaping, involving a brand new world I know
readers will be dying to get inside. I would absolutely recommend this book."
- Sizzling Reads

About the Author

K. D. McEntire is a mom and animal lover currently living just outside of Kansas City with her husband, sons, and two cats. KD spends her minuscule free time reading, writing, and battling her Sims 3 addiction. She loves Wil Wheaton, Stephen King, Joss Whedon, gaming, comic books, and all things geeky.

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This book kept me entertained the whole time; I read it obsessively from start to finish.
Jackie A. Goodman
One gripe about the main character I had, is that I felt she is a little to whinny for my liking.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
The concept is very original and K.D. McEntire's writing is fresh and very young adult friendly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisaroxy on November 24, 2011
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This was an excellent read that stayed in my mind well after I finished, keeping me thinking about the characters and anxious to read more!! The beginning of the book was a bit slow; I was frustrated at first that I didn't immediately understand the setting and terms. But a few pages in, I gave up on worrying about understanding all the details, because I realized the author was feeding me the necessary information at just the right moments to make sense of it. As soon as I relaxed and let the book lead the way, I entered an exciting world of fantasy only barely-removed from life as we know it. The mythology of this universe is solid and enticing; it makes sense and gives just enough of a nod to other stories to make the reader feel as though they're in on the joke. On the other hand, part of the appeal is that the reader is learning some of the secrets of the Never along with Wendy, the main character. The mythos is complex enough to be intriguing, but not so convoluted that it lost me at any point after the five or ten pages.

Protagonist Wendy struck me as one of the most believable, relatable characters I've read in YA for a very long time. She's a strong heroine, but she is also definitely a teenager. Unlike some popular books, I didn't feel that I was just reading a character template that each person was intended to color in themselves; Wendy is detailed and consistent and very much felt real. Though I'm in my 30s, she made me remember some of the struggles of being a teenager as well as reflected the way we are ALL still searching for identity and meaning. Yet my fifteen-year-old daughter also related to Wendy equally well and is the kind of strong female character my daughter complains is missing in too many books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elly C. Combow on November 20, 2011
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Lightbringer was wonderful. Once I picked it up I could not put it down. This is a great book for teen girls and women who love a story. Action, romance, mystery, and curiosity drive the book forward making you want to know about these characters and who they are and what makes them tick. After finishing it all I could think was how sad I was that the sequel wasn't out yet. It sounds cliche but if you like the Twilight series this book is even better and you will love it. The heroine is strong and intelligent and thinks like a real person with real emotions. The story mixes the reality of being a teen with a fantastical other world behind the scenes keeping the delicate balance between the two. I loved this book and cannot wait to read more of this saga!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raoulartsmith on November 8, 2011
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Long a fan of good young adult speculative fiction, and Lightbringer was no disappointment to me. The premise of the protagonist's interactions with the dead, and the dead's relationship to the living world, is intrigueing. The vernacular speech of the characters, intended to show them as from distinct places and times, was a little stiff at times, but as a debut novel I found it engaging. I expect that McEntire's work will smooth out as she continues to write, and I'm looking forward to what comes next.

Oh, and no spoilers, but 2/3s of the way through, I thought I knew where things were going. I didn't expect what I got. An excellent first novel!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @Julia_ATUF on November 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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LIGHTBRINGER was a book of visceral reactions for me; characters and mythology that I adored juxtaposed against a villain that I absolutely hated. The teenagers of this story, both dead and alive, piece together their own interpretation of the magic around them in a fashion that I found riveting. Even better, by book's end I had more confidence in the children's new interpretation of the relationship between spirits and Lightbringers than anything that was revealed by authoritative adults.

While McEntire does give us a villain (who was so loathsome I could barely stand to read her dialogue in the end), the main thrust of this story revolves around these teenage characters trying to make sense of their world. Wendy learns about her family, her friendships and the world around her in an organic and realistic way. The smooth integration of home, school, and magic was impressive. The supporting characters, as well, break out of all the stereotypical boxes that siblings, friends, and love interests fall into to become nuanced and interesting in their own right. Only Wendy's father remains fuzzy and vague in the background, but that provides a vacuum of responsibility to keep the pressure on Wendy to hold her family together as well as fulfill her Buffy-esque Lightbringer duties. Even Elle, whose flapper cant was so obnoxious I skipped it whenever possible, still managed to have a nuanced relationship with Piotr that piqued my interest.

Elle's speech patterns was the only aspect of LIGHTBRINGER that felt like it wasn't achieving McEntire's intended effect (my hatred of the villain, though over the top virulent, was masterfully fanned by the author).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VampireNovelFan on August 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Young Adult paranormal fans, specifically those who love ghosts, may want to consider checking out K.D. McEntire's debut effort, Lightbringer. Wendy is a not-so-everyday teen with a peculiar six sense; she can see ghosts--ghosts of the Never to be exact--which consist of children who've died too young. Not only can she see them, but they know she can and so they seek her out routinely for help. Only she can bring them to the other side, setting their souls free. However, evil is universal and her efforts put a target on her back from darker forces, so she may have to watch out to make sure she doesn't end up in the Never herself, or worse...

Overall I thought the idea of the book was pretty solid. There are many mythological references which were actually quite nice to read about. McEntire appears to have done some homework. It definitely encompasses the YA coming of age element, but it's not too focused on high school drama which just doesn't interest me whatsoever and often turns me off from picking up YA titles these days. While it was a solid read, I think I was expecting a little more tension than I felt as I actually read the book. It starts off really well, but I think it becomes more character driven as opposed to action packed. It sort of slowed down for me toward the middle and then picks up again towards the end.

I love great villains and I must say that this villain, the White Lady, kept me fairly enthralled. It's not quite as easy to predict what her plans and motives are, so I found myself looking most forward to those scenes.

This is the start of the series, so there are a number of roads the subsequent books can take as Wendy realizes her heritage and her destiny. Though YA, this series has a darker air about it, so tragedy could become a mainstay. Death is pretty much the center of this story after all.

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