In the Shadow of Lightning

I HATE discovering a good book when the series isn’t complete. I finished In the Shadow of Lightning: Glass Immortals, Book 1 by Brian McClellan, and was disappointed to learn that I have to wait for the next book in the series to be published. Oh well. Patience is a virtue…or so they tell me.

This story is a good mix of fantasy and intrigue. Like many fantasy books, this story switches between different characters’ story lines. Most of the time, I find that annoying because just as I’m starting to get attached to the characters, it changes perspective. (It also doesn’t help that I usually only like a few of the characters the story lines follow). However, In the Shadow of Lightning was the first book where:

1) I liked all the characters the different plots followed.

2) I didn’t find the transition from character to character disruptive.

I highly recommend this book. It is clean as far as adult fantasies go. I would say PG-13 rating. Some profanity (shit, damn), and a few mild innuendos.

Good story, and GREAT narrator!

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

The Black PrismI enjoyed the first book in the series. I found the characters entertaining and normal in terms of their interpersonal struggles. At a time when lots of films are depicting superheros whose abilities seem to make them invincible, it was nice to read a story where the hero wasn’t “god-like” and who had flaws and struggles just like the rest of us.

Sensitive Reader Alert: The second book was too violent for me and contained more profanity than I was comfortable with (more use of the F-word). As such, I won’t be recommending this book to people.