A little bit of romance, plus a little bit of intrigue, with a little history mixed in, gives you The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble. Lovely OlivA little bit of romance, plus a little bit of intrigue, with a little history mixed in, gives you The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble. Lovely Olivia Stewart, New York socialite, finds that her sister Eleanor who moved to California to marry her Father's business partner's son is now dead. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and find out what caused her death, Olivia heads west to see who is responsible. With her first suspect being Harrison Bennett, her sister's fiance, she arrives in Mercy Falls, CA using her formal name of "Lady Devonworth" so that she might try to ascertain who killed her sister without others knowing her true identity. But as she gets to know Harrison Bennett better,she soon realizes that he is probably not the one who killed her sister and she also realizes that her feelings for him are going beyond what she expected. Harrison finds himself kept rather busy rescuing Olivia time after time as she face several perilous situations. Could the same person who killed her sister be after her as well? Things get even more complicated as family secrets emerge from both sides. This adds to the intrigue as there are several characters that are not who they seem to be.
Colleen Coble did a good job in showing the progression of the journey that Olivia takes in the book. She has been raised to be concerned with primarily outside appearances, both physical and social standing. As the character of Olivia grows you find her exploring the fact that she is so much more than that. Harrison takes a journey of his own, which is quite similar actually. He finds himself being crushed under the "go into the family business" expectations that often fall on the shoulders of the son of the family. Both have expectations on them given by their parents that they need to figure out with regards to their decisions for their respective futures.
This mystery/romance was an enjoyable and quick read. As in many stories this one hits on the "honesty is the best policy" theme as without it trust is eroded in a relatsionship. There are a few times in this story where things start to unravel because of this, but in the end truth and forgiveness win out.
So for those that enjoy romance, intrigue, and oh lets throw a masquerade ball in for good measure, I think it's a safe bet to say that you will enjoy this book.
This book was graciously provided for me by Thomas Nelson throught the Netgalley program. The opinions represented in this review are my own....more
The words “Epic Journey “come to mind when I think of the novel by Scott E. Stabler entitled The Knights of the DAWN KING –The Setting of the Sun. OfThe words “Epic Journey “come to mind when I think of the novel by Scott E. Stabler entitled The Knights of the DAWN KING –The Setting of the Sun. Of course I ran to Webster’s to verify my thoughts to make sure I was thinking of the right descriptive words and it’s epic (not epoch) meaning “ heroic, majestic and impressively great", along with “journey” defined as –“ a process or course likened to traveling, a passage.” I would say both words together illustrate perfectly this novel and the amazing journey that this author takes you on- filled with forces of good and evil, a land living out a dark prophecy racing to its fulfillment, a hero that anyone can root for and relate to, political intrigue, and a carefully woven plot to bring this book together in a way that I can only compare to the likes of J. R. R.Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Truly, an epic journey that I am so glad and fortunate as a reader that I was able to take.
Dark and mysterious things are starting to happen all around the realms of the land Un’Etheia. And as the novel opens most of its inhabitants are naive to its power and to what is really happening as these forces are moving its people into a time of dark enslavement. Justin Halec is a humble stonemason, husband and father to 2 girls just trying to make his way in his world when he crosses paths with a special man- a knight – Sir Philip Awmani of the Order of the Lion’s Mane, sworn to the allegiance of the Knighthood and carrying a very important relic crucial to the knighthood and the very future of Un’Etheia. Unexpectedly, Justin winds up with this special relic and makes the decision to carry on the task and journey to get this relic to Commander Hedraios, head of the Order of the Lion’s mane and located in Ru’Peloem, a rocky land far from Justin’s location in Agno’ea. The journey is long, treacherous and filled with so much more than Justin would have ever bargained for. With his family along they encounter, friend and more often foe and truly become aware to the many forces of good and evil around them. Also central to the story is the power, greed and corruption occurring in the ruling houses in Un’Etheia where we meet Senator Dayan, a senator known for being fair and just and using wisdom and discernment in helping negotiations take place among the people. But Senator Dayan sees an evil coming that is taking over his land. With an evil dark Lord named Emah and all his minions and the knights that serve the Dawn King named Adon Uwry’el- the forces of good and evil clash in numerous ways throughout the novel which keeps you on the edge of your seat. With battles brewing as the elusive fist-born race called the Ele’ah seek to re-claim their ancient Homeland and desperate dwarf-like people named the Dawk’u seeking aid for their entrapped people, this novel weaves these different storylines together in a way that is a fascinating and exhilarating read.
This book was a tremendous read for me- filled with much meaning, allegory and excitement. For some this book is a wonderful Tolkien-type journey that you will love filled with fast-paced thrills –good, evil, knights, horrific beasts and thrilling battles. For others this book holds much meaning in making a simple choice with “whose side am I on?” and will challenge you as part of a knighthood to band together and remain singular in purpose to serve our King with all we have and never give up even in spite of bleak looking odds. This story grabbed me, challenged me and evoked emotions in me- yes I cried more than once as I truly came to care for the hero and his very real human struggles, I could completely identify. I highly recommend this book and commend the author on his wonderful novel and the epic journey that he takes all of his readers on. Well done- 5 stars.