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This is the first in an apparent series; the basic plot is not especially original. An oppressive dominant religion suppresses an older, more humane religion that welcomes and shelters gifted individuals. An attractive set of four siblings, adherents of the old religion, follow individual paths set by their distinctive personalities and gifts. Their actions plausibly follow from their personalities, which are deftly described, differentiated, and convincing, with a skill that is too often lacking in genre fiction.
The plot moves along steadily and clearly. The book is a good length, with enough in it to solidly fill a proper book without adulterating additives. The ending is fine, a bit open-ended, which results from its need to provide hooks for the next volume in the series.
I'm sorry to see that there are so few reviews for DD's recent books; he's been doing this for a long time, and his craft is thoroughly polished. He doesn't need to experiment, or flail around "finding his voice". He just reliably turns out one satisfying read after another, and "Against the Light" is another success.
a family of "witches" faces prejudice and persecution.
Finally they end up having to flee England like the Pilgrims
did. The witches have PSI abilities that can be trained
and have familiars that attach themselves to them at an early age.
One family in particular has very power inherited powers:
the Woodbridges. It is their passage though the Earth Mother cult's mole holes
that comprise a lot of this story. Much like Christians in
Rome, an underground society exists in parallel
to the orthodox Light church that the King supports.
Not quite a sword and sorcery fantasy adventure
this novel is still very entertaining and well written.
Duncan artfully breathes life into an old premise of a corrupt church terrorizing an older religion combined with an ailing king plus all the petty venality and corruption that mankind can offer. The usual motives are present in spades - greed, revenge, lust for power, and hope for peace - mixed together with classic bildungsroman character development.
I found the book was a fast read that kept my attention the whole time and found myself postponing chores in order to finish it - always the mark of an enjoyable book. I assume this book is the first of series (or at least I hope it is) but even if it isn't, it stands on its own as a complete book with a satisfying conclusion. Definitely a worthwhile read.
Then it was too violent for me. If you are going to torture someone that is fine. Say you did it and move on. No need to drag it out hour by hour day by day or min by min and tell exactly how many times a man craps on himself or how much urine he has produced.
All the characters came off as cold and selfish. Most were downright lacking common sense and there was no worthy story full of love passion or light as far as I am concerned.
It seems to be more an example occult practice book than a story line.
Good story, vaguely based on the 1605 Gunpowder Plot; characters who are multi-layered and who act within their characters; nicely described environs and settings; excellent dialogue. The way he describes characters brings them alive.
I liked the way he approached questions of revenge and loyalty, truth and illusion. He writes in ways that lay out the basic issues, without being preachy or didactic. His characters sometimes reap the consequences of their words and actions, sometimes, as in real life, not so much. The ending was quite satisfactory. I'd love to read a sequel.
This is my first Dave Duncan book; it won't be my last.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book took longer to hook me than most of Duncan's works but once the hook was in I couldn't shake it. This one deserves a sequel.Published 1 month ago by Richard M. Golland
It took a bit to get the plot. Generally a good read. The characters are well developed and I was constantly interested in their developments.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
It was good fantasy and I enjoyed it. However it ended abruptly. Is there another in the works?Published 11 months ago by Mom
The characters were well written. The idea of religious intolerance by one group toward another was timely, I suppose. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Margaret Padilla
I can't believe I actually put off reading this book for over three years! When I first put it on my reading list, I did so because I was looking to read more fantasy books at the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ursula K. Raphael
I can always count on Dave Duncan's producing an exciting story. He doesn't disappoint in this saga of conflicting religions. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Waymil.
The story was a bit confusing in the beginning with the naming of the animals. Once used to who was human and animal the story kind of picked up later in the book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
The storyline, the characters and the narration make this novel a classic. For a splendid read, I personally would suggest the immersion reading version, you can't go wrong with... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Burl A. Etue
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