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- Publication Date: April 9, 2013
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Without unpacking the story in too much detail (or spoiling the two startling turns it takes), it is possible to say that every character becomes deeper and more interesting as the reader is introduced to a new backdrop for Miriel and Catwin. Their relationship to each other grows and changes as they move away from the court for a time. But the reader is also invited to participate in the intricate interweaving of the relationships between Miriel, Catwin, the Duke, Marie, Temar, Wilhelm and Roine with appreciation for the inner and outer forces that shape and drive each of them.
I am particularly impressed by the care this writer brings to developing even the most peripheral characters. There is no sense that a person exists only to provide some necessary twist in the plot. Rather, the plot unfolds as a direct result of this (large and diverse) group of people coming together in this particular way at this specific time in the history of this nation. There is no feeling that events are being manipulated by the writer. Katson clearly respects her readers as intelligent and thoughtful companions. She doesn't try to trick us nor does she disrespect our time.
I am looking forward to what comes next from her pen and fertile imagination.
This is an author to watch!
This is a book for people who enjoy intimately knowing a character, sub-plots, and a large number of minor but important characters that you need to keep track of. I rarely write a review (mostly because I'm incredibly lazy and don't think anyone ever reads past the first six reviews...but they "really liked the cover art!"), but this is an excellent trilogy that deserves to be pointed out to others and compel them to read it, because my reviews are nothing if not compelling. The world-building and character development is noteworthy and spans years, not just a month or two. There's not much you need to "accept as true" in it; the story is really one of the few whole-life stories I've read. It reminds me a lot of the Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb. The author is tells excellent "Extended Lies", which (unfortunately) not that many fiction writers seem to do. She tells the core story, but also includes all the background leading up to it, which makes a huge difference. To me, anyways...
Now, because I'm odd and like to annoy people: In exchange for writing the preceding incredibly insightful review (Damn I'm smooth!), here are my ramblings that have nothing to do with the book whatsoever...since I don't believe the review will ever be read anyway. The last time I did this, it was a drunken man-seeking-woman post on an AOL online dating site the night of a bad breakup in the early 90's (dial-up, no less..REAL dark ages stuff)....I'm pretty sure I'm still Persona non Grata with AOL over that one; hate mail kept arriving for weeks. I still laugh over that one....memories are priceless, JUST like me. Agree with me, it's easier.
The problem that I have with this story is the same one I always have with just about every fantasy genre novel (and, don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the genre); although everybody seems to eat on a pretty regular basis with a general lack of available refrigeration and personal hygiene amongst anyone but the nobility, nobody ever seems to have the need to answer an in-opportune call of nature at the worst possible time; such as while they're being pursued by angry mobs, trolls, wild beasts, dragons, a freaking ARMY, etc.. Also, after years of reading the genre, I still have no idea what everyone would be using for toilet paper if they DID actually need "TO GO RIGHT NOW". And nobody ever says, "My saddlebags are packed and ready for a month-long journey across the uncharted wilderness, glad there was room for a couple rolls of TP". There's always a cobbler, blacksmith, baker, etc, but there's never the "Ye Olde Toilet Paper Shop". And how the hell does everybody get their clothes clean and dry (assuming they own anything other than what they're wearing)? Does the castle have a bizarre number of clotheslines going out of windows, likes it's a giant high rise housing project? Is half the city naked in scheduled shifts at the river beating their clothes on rocks? If there is, why are the people downstream not going to war over the fouled drinking water? And if they're so many poor people living in rotting shacks in the shadow of the castle walls like trolls under bridges, where'd they get the clothes to start with? Is the presence of a Salvation Army thrift shop a given? Does the shirt and pants fairy swap them for the rotten teeth that fell out of their head that they left under the pillow they don't have? My kid thinks they should all move; starving in the forest is more enjoyable than starving in a slum where everyone seems to want to cut your throat for the 2 pennies you spent your entire meaningless life saving.
OK, now I'm done. Read the books; they were really well written, and the story was excellent. And nobody ever has the runs. Or dysentery. Or Imodium...but since there's no dysentery, I guess that's not really a problem. Dysentery must really suck without Imodium or Pepto. Who dreamt up the Pepto flavor, I wonder...and was it an accident, or actually on purpose? Nothing else in the world tastes like it, so how would they know when they got it right? Maybe they were just really tired of jerking around with the flavor recipe, and said "Yup, that's the flavor I was going for! Let the selling frenzy begin!". I also wonder if anybody ever actually reads these reviews...it's not one of the first six, so I doubt it. So I ramble to amuse myself.
I loved all three books and the two main characters, and of course Catwin’s mentor/terrorizer, Temar. There are some sad parts where I actually had to wipe tears away, but that's the way life is. Oh, and this is the story where you discover who the girl's secret enemy was all that time. (Donnett was right, wasn't he?)
I felt Book 2 & 3 were just as good as Book 1, and the final ending was much better than I had any hope it would be. Book 4 is not part of the main story so it is less nerve wracking than the rest but it did give a much better background for each of the main characters and I’m glad I got it with the set. If you liked the story as much as I do, you’ll probably want to read it, too.
In conclusion, I love “good” sword & sorcery epics, so the Light & Shadow Series has found a permanent spot in my “Best Books” collection, which I keep on my Kindle to reread at my pleasure. I highly recommend it to others.