Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Lightbringer, by K.D McEntire- Review
Wendy has the ability to see souls that have not moved on- but she does not seek them out. They seek her. they yearn for her...or what she can do for them. Without Wendy's powers, the Lost, the souls that have died unnaturally young, are doomed to wander in the never forever, and Wendy knows she is the only one who can set them free by sending them into the light.
Each soul costs Wendy, delivering to many souls would be deadly, and yet she is driven to patrol, dropping everyone in her life but her best friend, Eddie- who wants to be more than friends- until she meets Piotr.
Piotr, the first Rider and guardian of the Lost, whose memory of his decades in the never, a world that the living never see, has faded away. With his old-fashioned charms, and haunted kindness, he understands Wendy in ways no one living ever could, yet Wendy is hiding that she can do more than exist in the never. Wendy is falling for a boy who she may have to send into the light.
But there are darker forces looking for the Lost. Trying to regain the youth and power that the Lost possess, the dark ones feed on the Lost and only Wendy and Piotr can save them- but at what cost?
Sounds uber complicated right? Unfortunately this constitutes my biggest complaint about Lightbringer. It's a story with many different angles, mysteries and convergences. The relationships alone are rubix cube-esque in their complexity. Wendy and Eddie go way back, Eddie wants Wendy, and Wendy kinda wants Eddie? Maybe? I wasn't totally sure, so moving on- Piotr has a variety of past relationships, but he kind of doesn't remember them, but they do and there is all sorts of unexplained tension you suspect comes from lost memories of Piotrs. Except you're not told right away he's forgotten things.
Large, large swaths of things. So um, still confused, but whatever, I'll get it sooner or later.
Then there's the whole mystery of the kidnapped Lost. Less convoluted, unfortunately. I- who never guess the big mystery in books- saw this one coming a mile off. Which was a bit disappointing, but not story crushing. However the explanation left a lot to be desired. I saw who the culprit was going to be, but couldn't anticipate the big reveal of why, so when it came and I didn't buy it, there was a problem. There was a great deal of angry Harrumphing on my part while reading the end, with an angry toss across the room when I got to the last page. This was a first for me. I was waiting patiently for everything to come together, telling myself there was a lot of possibility here still, and I was going to get to the pay off soon. Right? Right!? Not so much.
I was really miffed, Robin Wasserman had glowing things to say in her blurbs, the story premise sounded cool, and although there were many clunky relationships I thought the puzzle of the premise was really going to win me over in the end. I was impressed by how completely it didn't.
I was so disappointed by this book, it made me feel like I'd obviously missed some inherent component somewhere along the way. Suffice it to say, me and Lightbringer were not compatible. But since credible others have blurbed glowing things about it I would venture to tell you not to write it off on my bad experience. I mean Robin Wasserman of the amazingly wonderful The Book of Blood and Shadow liked it. I must be insane, or maybe my book was missing a few chapters.
Lightbringer, by K. D. McEntire
Published by PYR books, November 2011
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
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