“You cannot have light without darkness, any more than day without night” // Review of “Edge of Darkness” by K. L. Schwengel

Title: Edge of Darkness (Darkness and Light #3)
Author: K. L. Schwengel
Genre: Fantasy
Date Read: 06/06/2016 – 11/06/2016
Rating: ★★★★

Review:

edgeofdarkcoverWhile I didn’t find this book to be quite as epic as the first two in the series, I thought this was a very satisfying conclusion to the Darkness and Light series, which I had been following for a few years now.

Ciara, Bolin, Berk and the other characters are still dealing with the huge aftermath of the battle at the end of the previous book. Bolin in particular, is trying to mask the immense grief he feels over Nialyne’s death, and Berk is still plagued by nightmares over his actions, even if he wasn’t in control. And all the while, it seems an even bigger threat is looming…

The thing I liked most about this book is that we got to see some sworn enemies working together, not strictly for the greater good, but it worked in both their interests to form a bit of an alliance. We also got introduced to some new characters who were just as interesting as the ones we’ve been spending time with. I really liked Ferris in particular, mostly because he brought all of the snark with him, but also because we gradually learned things about him that made him even more interesting.

I did feel the story lagged a little bit because the characters did quite a lot of travelling. However, this was offset with enough action on the road to keep me reading. The story concludes with an exciting climax that doesn’t quite go the way you (or some of the characters) expect. And I really liked the conclusion to Bolin and Ciara’s personal story. It made me smiley.

I’ve said it before, and I say it again, if you’re a fantasy fan, then the Darkness and Light series is definitely worth checking out. K. L. Schwengel is definitely a writer to keep on your radar (and I’m not just saying that because she’s a blogging friend/colleague 😛 ).


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#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 15 June, 2016

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

  • What are you currently reading?

wwwwednesday.Nothing, actually, as I finished two books today and I am yet to start a new one.

  • What have you recently finished reading?

I finished Edge of Darkness by K. L. Schwengel on a bus on Friday. It was a good conclusion to the series!

I followed this up with Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I’m glad that it’s only a few weeks until the sequel comes out! I want to spend more time in this world. I also want a book about Scholar Wolfe and Commander Santi as young men, but I don’t think that is likely, and that is a shame.

I also finished the audio of The Lost Life by Steven Carroll and good lord, I’m glad it was short. It had some pretty language and the story could have been really interesting, but it didn’t really go anywhere and it got quite repetitious at times. It’s kind of awkward reading a love scene where the two characters are described as having their mouths “glued together” multiple times in a few minutes.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Sadly, I have not been able to read a book a day on my week off like I had intended, but that is because I have been preoccupied with other things I wanted to do, so there’s that. My next read will probably be I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga to see what all the fuss is about. 😛 Then I’ll probably read Nightshade by Maryrose Wood.

Borrow Box tells me that the audio of The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer will be available for me tomorrow, so I’ll make a start on that, too. Hope the audio is good!

wednesdaybannerAnd now for WIPpet Wednesday. This is another blog hop in which writers share excerpts from their current WIP that somehow relate to the date. Clicking the blue guy on the right will take you to the linkup for this one. This week, we’re back with Eli, who is getting some bad news that could land him in a lot of trouble.

“What is it?” Eli asked.

Maisie caught her breath and then said, “It’s the Princess, sir. She’s… she’s gone, sir.”

“What do you mean, gone?”

“She wasn’t in her bed, sir. I looked in some usual places, the library, and her parlour, but I couldn’t find her anywhere.”

“Is there anything else to suggest she’s disappeared? Maybe you’re just not looking hard enough.”

Maisie nodded her head, as if agreeing with his assessment, but then she added, “She’s taken clothes with her sir. And the secret door at the end of the passage, the one behind the tapestries? The one you never let her remember? It was open.”

Sometimes, Eli thinks this Princess might be more trouble than she’s worth. 😛

That’s it from me, see you on your blogs!

~ Emily

#WWW Wednesday – April 27, 2016

It is Wednesday, and that means WWW Wednesday! Yaaaay! WWW Wednesday is a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

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  • What are you currently reading?

I purchased The Raven King, the 4th book in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, when it was released yesterday. At time of writing this post, I’m about 25% into it and… well, I was hoping the final book in the series would be a bit more exciting? Cabeswater is being a bit weird, and there have been a couple of important conversations, but mostly it’s just sort of ambling on…

edgeofdarkcoverI also read about 30% of The Edge of Darkness by K. L. Schwengel during train journeys on the weekend. I would have read a lot more except I spent a lot of the travel time sleeping. I plan to get back to this as soon as I’m done with the Raven King. I honestly don’t read a lot of high fantasy, but I do recommend this series.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

bluelilycoverI finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, the third in the Raven Cycle. I was actually a bit disappointed in that one. I felt the story was really starting to drag, and I think that’s why I’m feeling especially disappointed that the new book doesn’t really seem to be picking up the pace. Review goes up on Friday. Speaking of reviews, mine for The Dream Thieves (Book 2) went up on Monday.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I gave up waiting for my library’s on order of A Gathering of Shadows, the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, to come in, and bought the ebook. I imagine that will be next, before all the hype wears down (I know, that’s not something people say all that often, but this is one where I want to share in the excitement!).

Two of my holds came in at the library this week, and I also just randomly picked up two more library books as well. They are, in no particular order:riversoflondoncover

So that’s my next few weeks’ reading cut out for me, I think!

What have you been reading this week? Any recommendations?

~ Emily

WWW Wednesday – 13/04/16

This will be a fairly quick post today, as I have to spend most of my evening on uni work. I realised there are only three weekends between now and when my next assignment (a 3000 report worth 40% of my grade) is due, and I’m out of town for one of those, so my weeknights need to be used a bit. Tuesdays and Thursdays are out, and of the remaining ones, Wednesday is really the most ideal.

wwwwednesday

WWW Wednesday is a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

  • What are you currently reading?

A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating. It’s really cute, if a bit long. I needed something light and easily digestible, and this fits the bill. I can’t remember whose WWW I saw this on a few weeks ago, but thank you for bringing it to my attention, whoever you are!

I haven’t officially DNFed Air Awakens by Elise Kova yet, but it took me a week to read 30% of it (and it’s a 300-page YA, so that’s pretty embarrassing!) and I was sadly pretty bored throughout most of that. I am also bothered by the fact that one of the guys who I know is going to be a love interest is generally an awful human being.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Nothing this week, unfortunately. As I said, it took me a week to get through 30% of Air Awakens.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Edge of Darkness, the third book in K. L. Schwengel’s Darkness & Light trilogy came out today, so I expect I’ll try to read that next.

That’s it from me, folks, I’ll see you all later.

~ Emily