July 12 - Brotherhood (Amber Light Series, Volume 2) - Omar P Pena
Magic and Mystery with a Dark Edge
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As you can see from my other reviews, I don't normally read what I think of a `wizard and magic' stuff but the blurb and cover to this one lured me in.
First things first, this tale doesn't fit neatly into a genre. There is magic, romance and a plot which keeps moving along at a brisk and exciting pace so I suspect if you are a fan of Charmed, Lord of the Rings or any darker tales of magic, this will be your kind of thing.
At the heart of the story is the classic battle of light and dark which is then intertwined with some fascinating subplots around love lost, growing disorder and a very real threat to the world. It begins with a classic prologue which sets the scene and from there you are thrown into a parallel world which slowly reveals itself to the reader. The chapters are well-sized for an evening's reading but I did find myself pushing it to the early hours just to get one more in - always a good sign.
I won't include any spoilers here but this is a deeply romantic book without being soppy. One of the central characters is Masumi, who is brave, inventive and a powerful female lead.
The writing itself is stylish and remarkably visual, with some clear Japanese influences. For example, the sentences are uncomplicated and direct, making sparing use of adverbs and adjectives and yet at the same time, the writing is powerful. It's a great combination and makes the reading experience easy and enjoyable as you get sucked into the plot.
The eBook I had was well-formatted and well-edited.
The author shows the reader an amazing world in this book and I look forward to further volumes set in the same universe.