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I was first introduced to M.E. Pierce's writing with FAMINE, her apocalyptic dark fantasy novel (Hello Horsemen). It is a fabulous read and I highly recommend it. It's been a while, so I think it's about that time where I can go back and reread it without having details fresh in my head so I can ooh and aah over the book again.
I then read GIRL UNDER GLASS (which I have yet to write a review for, but will! I'm a touch behind). This is a post-apocalyptic novel where we have warred with aliens. No less intense than FAMINE, full of adventure, strife, suspense, and yes, romance.
And then there's this novel. High fantasy. Romance. Suspense. Politics.
I am now waiting for sequels in three of her series. Why do I heart them so much? Not only does Pierce create this world that is so detailed it is nearly palpable, but she does it in such a way that I don't feel as if she's droning on and on and describing every vein of every leaf. No, there is no telling here. There is SHOWING. And that's how I like my books. You're plunged into the world of her novels without static, without a break, just seamless entry that seems wholly believable.
And then there are her characters. In this novel, Halina and Gethen are the main characters. Halina. I LOVE Halina. Why? She is no simpering maiden in need of rescue. She is unapologetic about her success on the battlefield, about being an amazing warrior, about caring for the people who are within her domain, and about her loyalty as one of the king's soldiers. She is strong, forthright, and moral. Her sex doesn't make her feel vulnerable and she certainly doesn't act like it. She doesn't use her physical attributes to get what she wants or to achieve her goals; she uses her mind. Gethen is the shadow mage, but he is wholly unexpected as to what we think of as necromancers/shadow mages.
Their adventure begins when Halina realizes that Gethen is right; the kingdoms have a mutual enemy that is driving both of them towards war. Together, they will fight against it. But will they be enough?
The storyline is compelling, fast-moving, action-packed, and keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering just what will happen next.
Ms. Pierce's world-building is superb, detailed enough to become immersed but without becoming onerous or mucking the story down with info dumps about magic systems or politics or a page-long description of a sunset. Or a flower. Or someone's creamy thighs.
Loved the way the relationship between the militess and mage unfolded, and if you're looking for a strong, capable, unabashedly tough and sexually liberated female lead...this is your book.
Will be reading more from this author!
I won't get in to a detailed review- as those before mine do the writer much better justice then I ever could- but just know that if you love adventure, fantasy, romance/erotica, solid characters within a well-done plot-line, and all pulled all-together with exceptional writing skills then this writer/book is for you. This book, like her previous ones, is a shining example of what true Indie writing should be. M.E.P's books are always an automatic buy for me.
The protagonist, Halina, is a strong heroine, fearless and confident. While she has her vulnerabilities, she is a strong and fierce warrior, noble and loyal. The hero, Gethen, is vulnerable at the start of the story and needs Halina to protect him while his powers wane, and he transitions from a shadow mage to a sun mage. He is a complex character with strengths and weakness. I liked the role reversal where he is in need of protection from Halina.
Pierce's prose is cleanly executed, easy to read, and virtually typo free. Her descriptions are vivid and evocative, bring the characters and world to life. I would highly recommend The Shadow & The Sun!
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