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Of Dawn and Darkness (The Elder Empire: Sea Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 3 in The Elder Empire - Sea
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About the Author
Will Wight lives in Florida, among the citrus fruits and slithering sea creatures. He's the author of the Amazon best-selling Traveler’s Gate Trilogy, The Elder Empire (which cleverly offers twice the fun and twice the work), and his newest series of mythical martial arts magic: Cradle.
He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013, earning a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a flute of dragon’s bone. He is also, apparently, invisible to cameras.
- Publication date : December 6, 2015
- File size : 2465 KB
- Print length : 382 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Hidden Gnome Publishing; 1st edition (December 6, 2015)
- ASIN : B01915038I
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,770 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So yeah, as you can see Will Wight's back at it with this uniquely told tale, and, I happily dove back into the books, facing only one dilemma... which of the two books do I start with? Decisions, decisions... ummmm... I ended up choosing this one first as I had just finished another book narrated by Emily Woo Zeller and figured I'd break things up a bit.
I loved jumping back into Calder Marten's life, and found myself right back where the last book (Of Sea and Shadow) ended. We also get a lot more back story of Jyrine (Calder's wife), and each of his crew members aboard the Testament. I found that I was very satisfied as I reached the conclusion of the story... it probably didn't hurt to know I've another book to go! So Yay... Go me!
Travis Baldree's narration never fails to satisfy. All of the dialogue is well nuanced, with just the right touch of emotion each character deserves! Altogether, this series of books is simply Top Notch!
Overall the story is fun if a bit slower in pace. They are some pretty dramatic events that I was not expecting and one twist that for those who read the parallel story hits pretty hard. The present storyline needed the past storyline to make up for the slower pace as the events unfold to set up the third book of the series. Given that our favorite gardener in the other series does not make an appearance at least on page it made this story and the other stand apart from each other more so than the first books of the series.
While I enjoyed the story it was close to getting a four-star rating. The treatment of Jerri, Calder's wife, makes her feel a bit of a flat character. Only the past story fills her out enough to to make her the least bit sympathetic. Otherwise she really is a crazy Elder cultist LOL. The more sluggish present storyline and the fact that the present storyline is not as much as a traveling adventure as in the first book did have me putting down the story a few times to come back to it. Still I read the entire work in pretty much one weekend day.
Will Wight was just getting his legs under him I think with this series but it's still is interesting enough that I'm glad I purchased it and we'll end up reading it several times in the years to come. But perhaps not as much as other series he has written given that basically each book of Epic Fantasy links but still comprises only one half of the story we get in the timeline. This makes the pacing feel that much slower. also to be honest I'm really looking forward to the next book in the Cradle series and I'm afraid that having to write two books in this series will make me wait that much longer.
Still for anyone who is looking into reading the series as a whole you will not be disappointed if you enjoy great world building, Epic Fantasy length and depth, as well as otherworldly power and beings. So far the series does remain appropriate for young teens and above.
In this installment, Will Wight unveils his story in the same manner as he has the other books in the series. He bounces back and forth between current time and flashbacks. This takes some getting used to initially, but once you’ve acclimated yourself to reading this way it serves to advance the story while constantly building the events of the world in the past. There are many interesting things that are revealed in this book and I continue to prefer Calder’s storyline and perspective to Shera’s.
Wight’s ability to turn out books of this quality at this rate is impressive. I have enjoyed all of the books thus far and will immediately purchase future books in the series. Will Wight is establishing himself as a very strong writer in the fantasy world and I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. This is another very good effort.
Book 2 really moves the plot forward, answers some key questions, and shows real growth with our characters. So put on your ninja hoodie or pirate hat, buy this book and post your own encouraging review so that Will will (see what I did there) finish up the next books quickly!
Top reviews from other countries
Following straight on from Of Dawn and Darkness, we pick up Calder's tale which simmers along nicely. Oh, there are battles and whatnot, but it's a slow-pace story of revelations, so don't be expecting too much excitement on the high seas. It also picks up the flashbacks of Calder's past too, including a daring rescue (yes, another one) and yet more meddling from the mysterious Elders.
I actually really enjoyed this one, finding myself thinking about the unravelling mystery at the heart of the Empire even when I wasn't reading. Why did Calder put himself forward at the end of book one? What was his relationship with Jerri, and where did she come from? Why, despite being married, do they still have zero chemistry beyond being thick-as-thieves mates? What the heck are these crazy Guild Heads thinking? Calder's developing nicely from average roguish type (probably with heart of gold) found in fantasy to something more... ambitious. And you thought pirate Calder was morally dubious. Is a darkening main character still a hero?
I do think there are a few plot holes, unless they're going to be rapidly papered over later, but generally I felt immersed by the story and character progression. The alternate chapter flashbacks were both a hook and immensely frustrating, because by the time I'd gotten involved in the present day actions, I'd then get into the past story, only to have forgotten how the last present day section had ended by the time I got back to it. I guess that's the danger of dual narratives like this.
Though... Should it be quadruple narratives? Shena isn't involved in this book, though characters from her Shadow story arc are. I'm in two minds about this split narrative series; smooshing them together into 3 Elder Empire volumes would have made for massive books, and yet I can't help but feel like I'm missing things still. Shena's side of the story would help me understand and/or care about some of the events and characters.
What I really liked here was getting to know Calder's crew. They got good character development and origins stories, and I could feel their roguish relationships full of the nautical fantasy equivalent of witty banter. Jerri is the only one I just don't get the point of; not in terms of story, because she's very important, but in terms of relationship. Beyond a slight flicker of "she's pretty" in his youth, there is nothing romantic about her relationship with Calder. I don't get why he's so miffed that "his wife" had secrets from him when, to be honest, she seemed more like just another member of the crew. If it had been "my best friend" I'd have felt it more. Also, Urzaia. I found his POV focus a bit dull in book one, and even when it's about him rather than from him, I still wanted to skip his story.
Whinges aside (be critical of the thing you love and all), I am really invested in this story and fascinated by the gritty, creepy fantasy world. I'm really looking forward to going back and reading Shena's half of the story before going further into Calder's madness. A slow but still exciting read.