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Book Review: A Touch of Light

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The world of Avarin is tearing itself apart. The Domain worships life, its leaders lead eternal lives and death is a shame that must not be mourned. But, for the clans to the south, death is all that keeps the Earth alive.

Adrian is a prince of one of the Domain nations. Church teaching says his grief is forbidden, but he will stop at nothing to return his loved ones to worthiness. Even if it means sacrificing his own.

Lynn is a rogue elite warrior hiding from her past. But now, an old enemy is rising, and running is no longer an option.

Nasha is a gifted hunter hiding a terrible secret. A lifelong outcast, she desperately fights for belonging in the Ronar, a proud southern clan. Yet a changing world threatens more than just her status in the community.

But now a terrifying foe creeps nearer, and the people of Avarin must fight to save it.

Before death comes for them all.

Title: A Touch of Light

Series: The Ashes of Avarin #1

Author: Thiago Abdalla

Page Count: 454

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Date Read: November 28th, 2022

A Touch of Light by Thiago Abdalla has been on my radar for a few months as I began to hear some rumbling of it around the online book community. I have now been through this epic adventure twice. The initial read through was a visual read of the book a couple of months back. For some reason I failed to type of a review even after thoroughly enjoying it. I have since added an audio listen just last month and I am making myself sit down to try express my thoughts on this book.

I’ve come to find I rather enjoy have a couple different story and character arcs within the same book. I don’t think this was always the case for me, but have rather grown into it. Of the three in this book I think both my initial and second time through, Lynn’s is still my favorite. That’s not to take anything away from the other two because all three were very interesting and entertaining. I just felt like I connected to her story a bit more.

This world has some political intrigue, some unique magic or religion and plenty of action which can relate to either some sneaky suspenseful moments or out right fighting and battles.

Pacing of A Touch of Light is very smooth. Thiago has a very easy to read and follow writing style. In both versions I found myself losing track of time just enjoying the story and then realizing I had spent more time in the world of Avarin than I had either expected or intended to for that session.

Character development can always get tricky when trying to introduce and follow more than one or two protagonists but again Thiago has done this well in book one of The Ashes of Avarin. We start very small with our three story arcs but steadily get to know more and more about them. This might be why I connected with Lynn so early on over the other two as we quickly find out there is much more to her then we initially thought. Both Nasha and Adrian have that potential two as this book progressed but I have a feeling we are going to learn more about them in future writings.

Finally, I think the world building might have been the strongest of these three categories that I usually discuss. Thiago does an excellent job in describing the environments and geographical areas the story takes place. But we also have several very different cultures introduced throughout book one. An example is even within Nasha’s arc there are multiple cultures that she is stuck between. So fare Avarin is a very intriguing world that I can’t wait to explore further.

As far as my recommendations go, I’d simply recommend this to any fan of epic fantasies. It’s well worth the time to dive into this world, explore and meet these characters!

World Building 5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Character Development 4.5/5

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Chad Barnard

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