Book Review: Of Darkness and Light, by Ryan Cahill
Having read and enjoyed both “The Fall” and “Of Blood and Fire”, I jumped at the chance of receiving an Arc copy of “Of Darkness and Light”, and I was not disappointed.
The book starts with a bang, and quite literally so. A violent, action-packed battle scene that sets the tone for the rest of the book. Grim, bloody, and dark – but also with a glimmer of light and hope.
In this book we follow not only Calen, his friends, and his sister Ella, like in the first book, but we meet several new POV-characters as well. This has both positives and negatives. We get a broader scope of what’s going on in Epheria, but there’s a price to pay. It makes the narrative less cohesive and harder to follow. Personally, I’m not a fan of too many POV-characters, as all the switching around pulls me out of the story and makes me struggle to get back into it, and so I found myself groaning when presented with yet another POV-character.
That’s not to say I did not enjoy their stories. I did. Each different character’s story is interesting and well-told and definitely has its own place in the broader context. We are dealing with a world-wide threat in this series, and as such it makes perfect sense to have more than just a handful of POV-characters.
The writing was good, but could have been tighter in places. There were moments when I just wanted to skim past the descriptions and get back to the action already. The descriptions were nice enough. That’s not the problem, but they slowed the story down, where it really needed to pick up the pace.
Character development was good, but I missed the depth of emotion that Cahill achieved so beautifully in “Of Blood and Fire”. Then again, the growing emotional bond between Calen and Valerys was portrayed extremely well.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.