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Promising Light Paperback – February 22, 2012
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About the Author
Emily Ann Ward is an author living in Salem, Oregon with her husband and their two cats. Along with writing, she loves to read and travel. Her other works include Le Garde series, Finding Fiona, and The Protectors prequels. Visit her website at http://emilyannward.com
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In no time afterwards, Grace gets kidnapped by a bunch of shape-shifters (yes, people who change shape), and learns that magic is real. While in captivity, Grace also learns of the existence of a group of individuals, called The Protectors, who hunt down these magical individuals and kill them: to keep the country “safe.” To make matters more complex, Grace then learns that one of magical families (there are 6) has been cursed by The Protectors (making the magical family unable to procreate, and putting them on the verge of extinction)—and that she, Grace, is supposedly prophesied as the woman who will break the curse. (How does Dar come into this? Read the book!)
In short, Grace is forced to choose to help the magical families, or The Protectors. (Making PROMISING LIGHT a classic tale of love, prejudice, and fear.)
Why I mainly gave this book 4 stars is that it is, as I said previously, very creative. The storyline was very colorful, and I could tell that the author spent a great amount of time brainstorming ideas before writing. The back story of the novel, and the described magical abilities of the magical families, specifically, were the most attention-grabbing.
There were many grammatical errors within this book. I bought the Kindle edition, so perhaps the paperback edition does not have as many errors. All the same, the Kindle edition had, according to my count, 52 errors: usually an extra word, or no period, etc.
Another con of PROMISING LIGHT is that I could not fully grasp the geography of the book. The characters of the book went to several places (cities, countries), for several reasons. Each place was described, usually, distinctly. However, I could not figure out where many places within the book stood in juxtaposition to other places. In other words, I could not draw a simple (or complex) map of the lands in the book. (If there is a map of the lands of this book somewhere, I'd love a comment below to inform me.)
On the all, I liked this novel. For the young adult genre, it’s not bad. The plot was interesting. Most of the characters are dynamic. And the themes were universal: love, prejudice, fear, sacrifice. I would recommend it to those who enjoy the young adult genre.
I found the world and the shape shifter families to be fascinating, and the travel to the different regions also. But the writing itself was a distraction in this story, between the errors, there was a lack of "showing" and constantly "telling" when it came to the writing. It was very upfront when it came to writing, people were sweaty, and stinky, and overall the characters minus a few like Sierra, lacked depth and even interest.
The end of the book was good, and it almost makes me want to know what happens in the next book, but I'm not sure I can handle reading another poorly edited novel.
At the beginning of the story, we're introduced to Grace and Dar. Lady Grace Ellengreen is the beautiful daughter of the King's general. Sir Dar is the handsome and wealthy son of a respected governor of Shyra. These two have been sneaking around and secretly dating behind Grace's father's back for a while now. The reason for wanting to keep their relationship a secret is simple: Grace's father wouldn't approve of them being together. Whether it's because of the bad reputation of Shyra, or something more personal, one thing's for sure: he dislikes Dar and his family. Not to mention that, supposedly as a cover-up, Dar is courting Lady Rebekah Morten. The situation get's even more weird and complicated when a mysterious, cloaked man tells Grace that Dar is a dangerous man, and warns her to stay away from him. When Grace tells Dar about the bizarre encounter, he breaks it off with her and disappears. How much weirder can it get? Well, a lot! There's a whole world out there that Grace didn't know existed. A world full of magic, supernatural creatures, mind readers and old curses. What will she do when she uncovers Dar's secret?
Wow. Emily Ann Ward is a truly remarkable storyteller. I was amazed by her creativity and imagination. The story flowed smoothly, the dialogues were dynamic and sparkly, and, most importantly, the plot line was great. It's amazing how tension in the story was steadily building up, and how mystery would work with conflict to raise the emotional level to the point that you'd shift impatiently in your seat, eager to find out what will happen next. It's the kind of story that readers will be captivated by and fully invested in.
I must admit that I wasn't very fond of Dar at the beginning. I didn't understand why he chose to court Lady Rebekah while he was secretly meeting Grace at the same time. When he disappeared from Grace's life, leaving her confused and slightly heartbroken (I say "slightly because, let's face it, Grace is not the kind of gal to sit around and weep after a guy!), I disliked him even more. And when they met again, and he was giving her the proverbial "cold shoulder", my feelings solidified. But that's of course all part of the big mystery, and once you get to know him better and learn more about the secrets he was keeping, and his tragic past, you begin to see him in a different light. Grace, on the other hand, was a character I liked from the very beginning. Smart, brave, with a healthy dose of sass, she was a very positive heroine and I had a great time following her adventures.
Right from the first sentence, Promising Light, is amazing, adventurous, fun and entertaining. Emily Ann Ward created a beautiful, engaging story. I had a a fantastic time reading her novel and am definitely looking forward to her next books!
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