- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ace Hardcover; First Edition edition (May 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441014682
- ISBN-13: 978-0441014682
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,784,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fall of Light Hardcover – May 5, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Hoffman (Spirits That Walk in Shadow) infuses this entertaining supernatural thriller with cozy, sexually explicit scenes of reawakening and personal growth. Opal Lazelle's magical gifts and her talent as a makeup artist have earned her a career in the movies, most recently on the set of Forest of the Night. She soon discovers that actor Corvus Weather is being transformed in both appearance and soul by Phrixos, a mysterious being with designs on Opal and the rest of the cast and crew. Although Phrixos seems generally helpful, Opal wonders whether its ultimate goal is benevolent. Opal's struggles to anticipate and stymie Phrixos are undermined by her failure to act decisively and Phrixos's inability to deliver on any of its veiled threats, but Hoffman manages to sustain the tension to the slightly bizarre end. (May)
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About the Author
Nina Kiriki Hoffman is an award-winning author who does production work for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and teaches short story writing through her local community college. She also works with teen writers.
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Opal's character was introduced in "A Fistful of Sky" but was not developed much. "Fall of Light" builds on what we learned and gives us a look into the world of make-up artists but I find what I remember enjoying most was the family dynamics. I remember this book as being about the difficulty of being your own person and loving family without being smothered by an interfering, domineering parent.
My feelings re this book retrospectively is that I am glad I got it but I would have been happy with the Kindle version as opposed to "A Fist Full of Sky" (which I own in hardback, 2 paperbacks (one to loan), and have considered getting in kindle version so I can read it for the 5th ? 7th ? time as I travel) or "The Thread That Binds the Bones" which I want to keep readily available in my personal library for reading again and making available for friends and relatives. I will probably re-read this book at some point but it didn't capture my imagination enough to remember details of the plot 3 years later.
This book was highly frustrating to me. I was SO excited about it because I really enjoy Hoffman's books overall and when I saw it featured a character from A Fistful of Sky - my favorite novel of hers - I was all the more anxious to read it.
But I found it was a severe letdown. Opal let things get so far out of hand. She never asked for help and just kept going along with the events even when it looked like people might be in danger. When she finally does ask for help, she turns it down as soon as it's offered. There's some unrealistic and irritating "reason" given about how if she asks for help once, she'll never stand on her own two feet. Fine! But then stand dammit! Stop just letting events happen in, on and around you!
The book also just up and ends. Suddenly, abruptly and with no warning. Nothing is resolved and you don't even understand what it was that happened thus far. None of it is explained. It's like Hoffman had this idea for a book but instead of writing the whole story, she drew out the boring and annoying bits to the right number of pages to call it a novel and then just decided not to finish it. Seriously, it's as if the publisher left off the back 150 pages or so from the print run.
I just don't get it. I wanted to love this book and I couldn't wait to read it. Now I'm left wondering what the point all was and why Hoffman was so mean to readers by giving them an utterly incomplete story. If we're expected to go out and buy some follow-up sequel in a year just to get the rest of the ending we deserved in this novel, well, count me out.
Just a shame any way you look at it.
Issues with the book include...
None of the characters are particularly likeable. Opal seems to have a multiple personality disorder, and her actions are completely unpredictable. You would think the "movie people" would be more concerned with an actor that cuts someone and bleeds them on an altar, and forces an orgy to take place. They know he is being taken over, and even Opal, who has the power to stop it now and then, just allows it to take place. She claims to love Corvus but all she accomplishes is alot of hand wringing, and dismissing the only person that could help her.
Most of the book is spent either eating and discussing what Corvus' possessor will do next, or Opal putting leaves on his face. This does not make for an interesting novel.
Two younger girls get mixed up in this, as they are playing parts in the movie, but like everything else in the book, seem to have no real purpose either.
There's a subplot about one of the girls on set having a stalker. The way this is resolved is quite pathetic, since everyone is just fine with the real Dark God driving Corvus around like a flesh vehicle and doing mind control tricks on the stalker. After these people witness first hand what the Dark God can do, they don't seem alarmed or act any more cautious around him. He literally wipes the guy's mind and puts suggestions in them, and they are OK with this.
In fact, the entire novel doesn't feel very real because the characters are so blase about everything that is happening. As long as what's being filmed is going to make a decent flick, it is fine and dandy. There are times when the characters even weigh the options of skipping out on the film or else run the risk of being possessed, sacrificed and worse, and choose the cheesy movie every time. I guess that's how it is in real Hollywood as well.
Fall of Light, is boring, contrived, divorced from the real world, abruptly ended, and a complete waste of your time.