I noticed no one in the UK had written a review for whisper of light yet, so I thought I'd tell everyone what they're missing. I'll start by saying th...moreI noticed no one in the UK had written a review for whisper of light yet, so I thought I'd tell everyone what they're missing. I'll start by saying that this is an incredibly well written book and by that I mean the writing just flows and the story grabs you in and will not let you go. I breezed through this in a few days and I loved every second and I couldn't find anything to criticise whatsoever (hasn't happened in a while that!)
Secondly, this is a book of magic, romance and even a few vampires (but please don't make the mistake of thinking it's like Twilight, Believe me, this is nothing like that) yet there is a lot of depth, philosophical and soul searching issues that really prompted to me to think about myself. What if your soul does, in a way, recycle itself and is born again? It's quite an awesome idea and one that plays a huge roll in the powers that the characters in this book possess. What if also this being born again meant you had powers such as mind reading, crossing spirits to the other side or healing? With so many books preaching afterlife and religion, its refreshing to get a different take on the soul and humanity in general.
Now on to the characters. As much as I loved Lily from the first book (Seers of Light) I connected to Nicole a lot more. Maybe because I see a little of myself in her. Always feeling a little inferior (and even feeling a little fat at times) so reading her story was all the more fascinating and hopeful for me. I also found her career to be wonderful to read about too, as well as uplifting. I don't know a lot about therapy and autism so it was an eye opener for me as well as being a little educational. Christian was very different to how he was in the first book and I loved this side to him, it made a change from the angry side that was more visible in Seers of light and his relationship with Nicole was beautiful and life changing for the both of them.
If I haven't grabbed your attention so far, for those who like to be a little freaked out too; there's some pretty intense scenes with ghosts, creepy spirits and vampires that if you read too close to bedtime may scare you a little. (and no I didn't look around for Hags before I went to bed *looks sheepish*) Anyway, if you like romance, novels with a bit of depth, vampires and a little bit of being freaked out by ghosts, then definitely give this book a go. You won't be disappointed.(less)
There's something to be said about a book when I start yelling at people for trying to talk to me whilst I read it, and I have to say this book had th...moreThere's something to be said about a book when I start yelling at people for trying to talk to me whilst I read it, and I have to say this book had that affect on me (not to mention I have the sudden urge to dye my hair blue!)
To sum it up into a single paragraph:
This is epic, very original and so creative that I wonder what goes on inside the authors' head. Some first in the series novels seem to lack in either the world building, story telling or way too much wordiness and this book suffered from no such problem whatsoever. The writing is of first rate and I found myself lost in both Prague and Elsewhere whilst following Karou's journey. Laini has written a novel that is not only the best form of escapism but is such a twisty narrative and has such an epic ending that it will tug at your heart strings and leave you awestruck. Amazing!
I can't write much more without risking spoilers but this is one book you do not want to miss out on.
I can't give this book more praise then this: It's short and yet leaves an impact like a meteor and is the most cleverly written book I've read in a l...moreI can't give this book more praise then this: It's short and yet leaves an impact like a meteor and is the most cleverly written book I've read in a long time. Those final couple of notes had me crying my eyes out. Very emotive and powerful, and some important lessons to be learned in the couple of hours it will take you to read it.(less)