I’m not doing my WWW Wednesday post this week, but it will return next week 🖤
until then, please enjoy this review of a fantastic fantasy novella
If only they knew us as more than accursed.
The Holy Empire hates the People of Light. Maripes, arriving in its capital, seeks to save his people from certain destruction. The Inquisition seeks theocratic justice, and it will stop at nothing to rid the world of those it considers evil.
Still, Maripes must try. For if he fails, doom will certainly befall his people. Standing in his way? The High Inquisitor, the Empress, and a million subjects all indoctrinated to believe he is evil incarnate.
Should be an easy task.
Otherwise, his son Mono, a soldier in the legions of their people, will face the fight of his life . . .
My Review | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Favorite character: River
I can’t describe him better than Elmo did towards the end of the novella: “I step in front of him, looking into his eyes. ‘River, you know you’re the real hero of this story. I’ll sing your praises for all time, to my children, their children, all future generations will know you were the thunder needed to bring an end to the misery at the Gates of Vicor.’
What I Liked:
One of the reasons that I love fantasy novels is because they often have a big, meaningful message, and Legacy of Light did not disappoint in this regard. It is a complete story that is plot-driven and carries a big message within its small novella format. The importance of accepting differences, respecting each other, and living in peace are themes explored throughout the story, creating depth and breadth I have rarely seen in novellas.
The world creation is detailed, yet maintains a simplicity that is easy to visualize. It is an excellent base of reference for understanding a world that is much different than our own. I even feel like I have a good understanding of the socio-political systems at work and the historical events that led to those systems.
What I Wish:
The dialogue was noticeably forced and awkward at times. There is not a lot of dialogue, so the impact on the story is minimal. But, if that dialogue read more natural, it would have made the story an over-the-top read.
To Read or Not to Read
If you love epic fantasy, this is a novella you will want to read. It packs a big punch in a little package.
Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
C. D. Tavenor is a science fiction and fantasy author based in Columbus, Ohio and the Director of Editorial Services for Two Doctors Media Collaborative!
He’s excited to tell stories that engage readers beyond a desire for entertainment, whether through philosophical inspiration or social inquiry. And he’s a firm believer in connecting every piece of fiction to reality, whether through their themes or their settings.
When not writing, Tavenor enjoys the more than occasional board game, his favorite being Eclipse.
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