Grace began a secret courtship with Dar for the thrill of doing something against her father, the king’s general. She hadn’t planned on falling in love with him. When Dar suddenly leaves her, she searches for answers, reluctant to let him go.
Everyone seems determined to keep the truth from her—until she’s kidnapped by Dar’s family. They’re shape changers who claim she can break a curse set on them ten years ago by the Protectors, a group of noblemen determined to stifle magic in the name of safety.
Torn between two worlds, Grace isn’t sure who to trust. If the curse endures, Dar’s family could die out forever. But to help them, she’ll have to leave behind everything she knows.
Emily Ward, author of Promising Light, sent me a copy of this novel and asked for an honest review, which is very easy to do when you really enjoy the book. Honestly, this young lady has done a fantastic job of telling the tale of a group of unique characters on a journey to save their way of life. There are no vampires or zombies, but you will find shape shifters, mind readers and a few other strange folk wandering the realms. With a little romance, a few battles, a few mishaps and a mysterious riddle the group of companions tries to complete a quest to rid a bloodline of a decade old curse and, ultimately, change the course of the future.
The world they live is not unlike our own, and the characters are well developed with a little humour (and sarcasm) thrown in here and there. Starting in a vineyard in an affluent neighbourhood the story flows to castles, villages, run down cottages and underground tunnels, taking the reader on a colourful journey with many twists and turns. As I read I was reminded, here and there, of the antics a similar set of companions in a well known series by R.A. Salvatore. No they are not the same, but maybe younger versions with different skills, dreams and adventures.
I found only a few minor typos here and there but they were very minor, really not enough to detract from the flow of the story. There is only one drawback that I found with this novel, well four actually. That would be the three prequels (Shifting Light, Fire and Light, and The End of Light) and the upcoming sequel (untitled), which means my to-be-read list just grew by another four books. Like my library isn’t big enough already. 🙂
So, ultimately, you have to get this book before the next one comes out. Okay you don’t have to but why miss a good thing. Right?
Now the really good part….
Emily Ann Ward is doing a blog tour, starting January 30th through to February 15th, with lots of giveaways along the way. During that tour she’ll be back here on Misty Bay with a guest post on February 11th, as part of that blog tour. Maybe you’ll get lucky and win yourself a copy of Promising Light. So mark it on your calendar, here’s the list of blogs she’ll be stopping at along the way:
Promising Light Blog Tour Stops
January 30th: The start of Author of the Week at Full Moon Bites with Holly.
January 31st: Author interview and review of Promising Light with Ritesh . Ritesh is also hosting the giveaway for two paperback copies!
February 1st: Author interview with Coral at Chaos and Insanity.
February 2nd: Grace’s Google history, an excerpt from the first chapter, and an ebook giveaway with Kate at The Southern Scrawl.
February 3rd: The evolution of Promising Light guest post and an ebook giveaway with Coral at Alchemy of Scrawl.
February 4th: “What I’d Do if I were a Shape Changer” guest post and an ebook giveaway with Kate at Who Needs Neverland?.
February 5th: If Promising Light Become a Movie guest post with Delphina.
February 6th: Author interview with Anjana at Kindle And Me.
February 7th: “What Would Your Character Do If?” Guest Post with TK Richardson.
February 8th: Excerpt with Theresa at Fade Into Fantasy.
February 9th: Characters Sierra and Sashe interview each other on Fade Into Fantasy.
February 10th: Author interview with answers from lines of the book with Evie at Bookish.
February 11th: Guest post about the prequel novellas and review with Karen at Misty Bay.
February 12th: The locations of Promising Light guest post with Vidya at Books Are Magic.
February 13th: Book Soundtrack for Promising Light with Ron.
February 14th: Character Interview with Grace, review, and ebook giveaway with Danica.
February 15th: Character Interview with Dar, excerpt, and ebook giveaway with Laurie.
Ebooks: Five chances to win an ebook or Promising Light over five different blogs.
Paperbacks: I’m giving away two paperback on Ritesh’s blog (Jan31st). US only.
$20 Gift Card: Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice. International. Gain entries for each post you comment on with your e-mail and name OR gain five entries by buying Promising Light before February 15th and e-mailing your receipt to emilyannward at yahoo dot com.