5/31/11

Maiden in Light

Author: Kathryn L. Ramage
Pages: 308
Publisher: The Wapshott Press
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)When Laurel Windswift enters an apprenticeship under her uncle, the great wizard Lord Redmantyl, she sees only the delights that her magic can bring. But her desire for more knowledge brings her too soon into the dark secrets that all magicians of power share, and forces her to take up a wizard's duties of night vigils against monstrous and inhuman forces before she is ready. When Laurel returns to her home city to investigate a small magical anomaly for her uncle, this maiden of light meets a child of darkness, and must undertake a task too terrible to perform. 

On an alternate earth filled with wonder and danger, the wizard's niece must make a decision that will affect the rest of her life. As she struggles with the unbearable obligations of a magician, she also faces the ostracism of the merchant families who cast her out as a child, her aunt's matchmaking efforts, and finding an unexpected love.


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Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Laurel Windswift has always been an outcast - with her eerie silvery hair and tendency to produce flames when she's angry, she's always been in an outsider in her town. Not only that - Laurel has also been an outsider in her own family. Raised by her mother's first cousin (whom she calls her aunt), Laurel has never truly felt at home.


But then Laurel is sent to live with her uncle - the most powerful wizard in the world - and she discovers that she belongs with him in the world of wizardry and spellcraft. Gifted beyond measure, she quickly becomes his apprentice, learning everything she will need to become his successor in the magical world.


But then Laurel is sent back to her aunt's by her uncle in order to pursue a lead - there is an evil presence nearby, and Laurel's uncle has entrusted her with the care of the city. To be allowed to return home, she must first identify and defeat the evil that haunts her town. But will she be able to do it after discovering how horrible the nature of her task is?


My Thoughts: I loved this book! It combined all my favourite fictional elements: a historical era, magic and wizardry, and romance. Written in an older style, Maiden in Light is definitely not like the books we've all been reading lately. I loved the author's use of an alternate reality - still a lot like our own, but different at the same time. I'm a sucker for a good paranormal-history blend, and Maiden in Light didn't disappoint.


Laurel was a great main character - she was strong and powerful and courageous, and you could really see her grow throughout the novel. She starts off as a scared little girl, but soon grows into her powers and discovers just how strong she really is. I liked the fact that she was very focused on her magic and accepted what she knew she had to do. Also, I loved the fact that the book wasn't 100% centered on the romance element - when an entire novel is written about nothing but how hot the male lead is, it tends to throw me off a bit.


Like I mentioned before, the author utilized an older style of writing that we don't see a lot today; she was able to pull it off, though, making the world she created come alive through her awesome descriptions and use of imagery. I felt like I was right there with Laurel, which definitely added to the experience.


Final Thoughts: Maiden in Light is definitely something I'd recommend to people who enjoy paranormal-history novels (or just paranormal), and especially to people who want to read about a strong female protagonist. Check it out!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent review! I am really excited to read this book. First I saw the cover and fell in love, then the blurb had me and the top it off your review. It just looks like a fantastic read - thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

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