The Brightistry Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07DCJZ156
- Publication date : May 28, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 173 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 68 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,739,713 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #4,225 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #5,087 in Two-Hour Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads
- #9,509 in Coming of Age Fantasy eBooks
- Customer Reviews:
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With that in mind, the appeal is in seeing a glimpse of this fantasy world, and how this type of household magic gets used and further developed. The imagery of the light-using storyteller, the underground streets and the hall of lights is all vivid and interesting. There are hints of a larger setting at work such as the centaur and avian races, and the stories that Derek hears. The main conflict involves Derek's apprenticeship and the tricky, delicate work he's trying to impress his master with.
I missed a key plot point around the halfway mark that ended up confusing me: the fact that Derek showed off his project sooner than was planned. This point, I'm told, has been clarified along with some typo fixes. My main quibbles at this point are the length (about 12K words, but adequate); the under-use of the dragon; and seeing more of the storyteller than necessary at the expense of not seeing enough about being a magical shopkeeper's apprentice. Still, it's a fantasy story worth reading.
I'm not entirely sure about the target audience--it could have been Middle-grade or YA--but it was an easy to follow story, nonetheless. I would have loved to know more about Brightistry (which seems to be a type of alchemy), as I also would have liked to know more about the world and its various beings. Perhaps this is something the author plans on expanding on in future installments, but for now, I felt this was a well-crafted story with an interesting if somewhat simple premise. The writing itself was polished, Derek and Smoke made for cute friends, and though there wasn't much to show character growth/development, I did get a good sense of the various relationships Derek had with his master, Linara, her translator, Mara, and the other apprentice, Taron.
All in all an enjoyable read. I would recommend to anyone who likes a sort of slice-of-life short-story fantasy; solid for all ages.
I think this falls in the young adult category, but there was nothing juvenile about it. And I am far from being a young adult. Far enough that I don't want to say how far (LOL) but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I probably read about 75 books a year and this holds up to most of the mainstream authors, and may be better than a few of them. Give it a shot. I don't think you'll regret it.