Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Review: The Armor of Light

The Armor of Light by Karen E. Hoover is the second of The Wolfchild Saga, a fantasy series from one of the up and coming authors of our time. The first book, The Sapphire Flute, came out last year. I've been eagerly awaiting the second book.

From the back cover: Ember has been accepted into the mage academy, but not without cost. She has gained a new enemy, ancient and dark, whose entire purpose is to destroy all white magic and her along with it. After nearly losing her life in a brutal attack, DeMunth is assigned her guardian, and the keystone he wears, The Armor of Light, begins the transition that will make it a true power.

Kayla has lost most everything of importance to her—the people, the prestige, and all she fought for the past ten years. With nothing left to lose, she continues her search for the birthplace of The Sapphire Flute and the Wolfchild she believes to be its player. Her journey will take her to strange, foreign, and often dangerous places, and everything she had thought to be true will be proven wrong.

In a showdown full of betrayal and heroic loss, Ember and Kayla finally meet on the battlefield, fighting a war on two fronts—against C'Tan and her people, and the mysterious enemy bent on destroying all magic—the shadow weavers.

The story is full of power, betrayal, hope, and love. The elements of the universe are coming together, and none can know who will stand in the end.

My take: First off, here's one of those times when I have a hard time distinguishing my affection for the author with my love of their writing. I may gush. Karen is a brilliant writer and a wonderful friend--even if she's still mad at me for moving to Oklahoma, lol. (It's not because she'll miss me, mind you, but because she wants to be here too) I loved The Sapphire Flute for its richness in fantasy and its fantastic action, and The Armor of Light is even better. Karen has taken what she knows of writing, what she's learned, and made a better book. I'm excited to see the rest of The Wolfchild Saga play out. I anticipate each book being better than the last. You are going to want to check this book out, and I recommend going straight to the authors BLOG for the best deals.

About the Author: Karen E. Hoover has loved the written word for as long as she can remember. Her favorite memory of her dad is the time he spent with Karen on his lap, telling her stories for hours on end. Her dad promised he would have Karen reading on her own by the time she was four years old ... and he did it.

Karen took the gift of words her dad gave her and ran with it. Since then, she's written two novels and reams of poetry. Her head is fairly popping with ideas, so she plans to write until she's ninety-four or maybe even a hundred and four.

Inspiration is found everywhere, but Karen's heart is fueled by her husband and two sons, the Rocky Mountains, her chronic addiction to pens and paper, and the smell of her laser printer in the morning.

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