First Light (Review)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Title: First Light
Author: Michelle Frost
Stars: 4
"On a world without hope, where life is fading and colour is a crime; three people living very different lives are about to have their perception of reality shattered. As deceptions are torn away, and ancient secrets brought to light, they each must struggle to find the missing pieces of the puzzle... pieces that will reveal their true destiny.


Idrith, bitter and trapped in a life he never chose, is the first to discover his own fear-filled mystery. Obsessed with finding the truth behind the lies, he turns to the one person he has always tried to avoid - the mysterious pilgrim, Harmion.

Aztar's military promotion comes with an unexpected burden that threatens the entire Northerner regime. It seems that their only hope may lie in the hands of someone he was raised to think of as his inferior. Each day they struggle together to find a solution, but at night Aztar struggles alone as the secret he's hidden since childhood returns to torment him.

Daen was allowed to grow up unrestricted and far better educated than normal for a Northerner woman. Now her father's health is failing and the running of their family estate lies in her hands. Knowing that desperate situations call for courageous action, she is about to take a step that will change her life forever." *Received a copy for an honest review.*

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First Light follows a ragtag group of individuals as life transports them from the steady humdrum lives they are currently living into something more. Forced into a life in service to the church, Idrtih is isolated amongst the monks he lives with. His position gives him power, but despite that, their leader is determined to make his life miserable. When he finds a hidden chamber, his whole life changes one forbidden tidbit at a time.

As a woman born to status with a doting father in an isolated area, Daen is allow to grow up in an unconventional manner. She is educated and enjoys spending her time they way she wishes without societies standards holding her back. Estranged from her promised husband, an ailing father means one thing to her home, the end. So it's up to her to ensure their continued survival. When a fate leads to a business proposition, she takes the job knowing in advance the danger she faces should she be discovered.

After years of hard work, Aztar finally has his coveted position. There's only one problem, it comes with a major problem. But can he find the solution in time? Or will all his searching only leave him with more questions?

As the three continue on their journey with their companions, we learn more and more about this complex world. It's sort of a large scale fantasy based world, but with element that are comparable to a steampunk universe. There is a lot to learn and a lot more to ferret out of the shadows. Overall I really liked the world presented to us. It's a kettle, we have a kingdom versus the rebels, a church that is military like in it's set up and governing body, a gentleman with connections to all the major players, and a puzzle of light to solve.

I had plot path ideas when I first started reading. Not one of those, 'I already KNOW what's going to happen' sort of idea, but more like I think this book is going to be comparable to ____. (It's really hard for me to explain this in a coherent manner.) But the more I read, the more things were different than I had imagined they would be. Not that it is a good or a bad thing, just different than I was expecting. Looking back, I like the direction the author took, and how this book sailed away from my expectations.

There is so much material in this book beyond the literal story itself. The light, all the colors, bits of freedom and control, and more, all add layers to this story that make you stop and think about not only their world, but our world too. It's been a long time since I read a book that had an enjoyable story and also make me thing about anything other than 'who lives/dies' or 'who ends up with whom.'

Like any story, the good, comes with the bad. The only negative thing that really stood out to me while I was reading was towards the beginning. In the first quarter of the book, give or take, we are given a lot of information. Some is about their world, some about the characters, but it's a lot to take in. If I could change one thing about the story, I wish we had a tad more action bits scattered in there to counterbalance the info. I wouldn't call it an info-dump, it could just be my impatient side coming out to play since I wanted them to dive into the light mystery that much quicker.

Overall I liked the story. It was good, quick, and adventurous, and I am looking forward to reading book two.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the smashing review. :-) I love seeing my stories and characters through new eyes. I'm thrilled you're reading he sequel. Be warned - the mysteries are a lot more complex, but it does have more action. ;-)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. More complex mysteries and more action, I am super excited.

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