Thursday, 5 June 2014

Review: First Light (First Light #1) by Michelle Frost

19137222Title: First Light
Author: Michelle Frost
Series: First Light
Genre: Fantasy, Adult, YA
Publisher: Createspace
Publication date: December 1st 2008
Pages: 376 (paperback) 
Other books: Wisdoms of the Light (First Light #2)

On the harsh militant world of Sindorus, where even colours are considered sinful, three people living very separate lives are about to have those lives change forever. As deceptions are torn away, and ancient secrets brought to light, they each must struggle to find the missing pieces to the puzzle...answers that will unlock 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. A serious problem threatens the security of the entire Northerner regime and it seems that their only hope may lie in the hands of someon he was raised to think of as his enemy and inferior. Each day they struggle together to find a solution, but at night Aztar struggles alone as the secret he's kept hidden since childhood returns to torment him. 

In a world where most women have no control over their lives Daen was allowed to grow up unrestricted and far better educated than normal. Now her father's health is failin and the running of their family estate lies in her hands...and with it the security of everyone she loves. Knowing that desperate situations call for courageous action, Daen is about to take a step that will change all their lives forever. 

You know the feeling when you’ve only read a couple of pages of a book and you think “this book will blow away my mind”? That’s the exact feeling I had when I read First Light. The author immediately grabbed my attention with the description of Idrith’s life in the monastery. From the beginning it was clear that he wasn’t there out of his free will. So I immediately began to guess why he was monk if he didn’t want to be one. All the other characters were as mysterious as Idrith was.

There author wrote from three different perspectives, Idrith’s, Daen’s and Aztar’s. They each had their own unique voice, as they lived three completely different lifes. Aztar a soldier, Idrith a monk and Daen a strong headed women were women actually don’t have power. I loved it how they all had their own story to tell but how they were at the same time part of something that was far bigger than them. They were linked from the beginning without their knowledge. That was one of my favorite parts of the book. All the characters were linked together in such unpredictable and fascinating ways. For that reason alone First Light is worth your time. All the small revelations kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Something else I loved about this book was that you could relate to all the characters in some ways. From the stoic Idrith to the good humored Aztar and the loving Daen. They all had these aspects woven into their personalities that made them human.

This book made me feel overwhelmed at times in a good way because of its complexity. Michelle Frost is a master in developing plotlines. I still can’t believe how she pulled it off to finish the book with no lose ends at all! Everything made sense and fitted perfectly together. She definitely deserves more recognition for her work than the few ratings she has so far. So people if you read this go order this book immediately, I promise you that it won’t let you down!

*Note I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*


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