Darkened Light by Sarina Langer 5/5
The death goddess Ithrean has led the dead to their rest and watched over them in Dunhă for centuries, but they are no longer at peace. Their souls turn the red grass black, and their corruption seeps into the world of the living.
Naavah Ora is an elven mage who can enter Dunhă at will, and study its corruption like no one else can.
Doran is a runaway thief who cares about nothing as much as the next treasure, even if it puts his own life in danger.
840 is the only male sacrifice in his village, longing for a chance to live.
Ash is a troublemaker who is learning that he can’t burn his way through every obstacle.
To halt the coming darkness, they need to work together.
It’s too bad they are too different to get along.
This is the third book I have read of Langer’s and it certainly lives up to her high/epic fantasy reputation. Magic, a variety of fantastical creatures/ characters, and strong world building make for a fascinating read.
The vast array of diverse characters is the strongest factor for me. Characters make a story, and as long as each has a distinctive voice and and their own motivations, you can’t go wrong. 840 was my favourite. The name itself is just intriguing, right?
Langer uses epigraphs at the start of each chapter. I’m a Brandon Sanderson fan, and he loves a good epigraph, so Langer’s were right up my street.
This book is available from Aug 20th. Pre-order now, folks!
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