A generation designed by sorcery to destroy your people. Two races mired in conflict. Can a pair of outcasts unite them against an enemy who would enslave them all?
The birth of ‘bronzite’ babies in Lumina heralds the onset of war. The people take fright at the golden children and banish them from the land. A dangerous move. King Zheldar, commander of the black dragon, is attacking Luman borders. If he wins bronzite support for his army of monsters, Lumina is lost.
Davron Berates cannot share his people’s hatred of the children and, on discovering he has a bronzite brother, sets out to find him. At his side travels Chrystala. A bronzite, she has twice his strength and three times his determination.
When the black dragon kidnaps Chrystala, Davron is faced with a terrible choice: save his friend or save his nation.
A little about Paddy first:
Paddy Tyrrell was raised in Kent, the garden of England, and lived in an Oast House whose round rooms were once used for drying hops.
At university, she fell in love with medieval French writing, discovered The Gormenghast Trilogy, and became hooked on fantasy.
She has sailed down the Yangste, survived an earthquake in Cairo, and picnicked in the Serengeti. Her travels for work and pleasure have inspired her fantasy world.
She now lives in France with a naughty Australian Labradoodle, a jealous cat and a squash mad husband. Their two huskies, Ice and Sapphire, are sadly now gone but are transformed into wolves and immortalised in her book. Lumina is her debut novel and the first in a trilogy.
RA Winter’s Review: 4.6-Stars
In Lumina, things aren’t always what they seem. The citizens are scared. Babies are being born that are deformed- their skin is bronze. War is on the horizon with a king who is the head of a dragon cult.
This book was a very interesting read. Vampire bats, sex, political intrigue, dragons, war, a murder plot and more. The world-building kept me informed without being telly and I never had to second guess what was going on.
The book was written in close Omni, which is the old gold standard. It’s not used much anymore, which is a shame but t it’s not easy to pull off. This writer did a good job in this hard to perfect POV.
There are a couple of triggers. There was a rape scene, but it didn’t go too far. I think the author wrote the scenes giving us the knowledge of what was going on, without the explicit details that would be off-putting. And another scene contained what I would call a date rate drug used after a wedding.
The action claims the top spot. Lots of fighting and political intrigue. Let’s not forget its ability to provoke inner thoughts on xenophobia.
This was a very enjoyable book, I highly recommend it. 4.6-stars.
The cover is fantastic. I can’t wait for the second installment.
Karen Meyer’s Review: 5-Stars
I am still reading this darling book but review time caught up with me. That being said, I am still going to finish it. I put this up there with Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this delightful drama and mystery.
I love how the author brings in the futility of prejudice in the world in the form of bronzites. Thank you for such a fun book, and I will give this 5 stars.Now I must get back to reading. The dragon has just gotten Chrystala, and I have to make sure she is okay.
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