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The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles

(The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles #1)

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Alternate Cover Edition: B0088DQO9C

A beautiful young elven sorceress flees for her life in a dark world where magic is forbidden and elves live as slaves. Running from the house of her evil Keeper she must find a way to survive and to fulfill her destiny in a society where her very existence is illegal. Watching her are the Order of Witch-Hunters; the corrupt organisation
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Published (first published June 2nd 2012)
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J.P. Wilder
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you read other reviews on this book, it might be easy to get the impression that this book is some kind of steamy romance, set apart from others of its ilk only by the fantasy realm in which it is set. So, let me take a moment to throw that whole idea right out the window. This book is a serious work, dealing with serious thematic elements. The book’s strong characters deal with deep internal conflicts through the use of very human needs and emotions, often times through the use of sex as a ...more
N.N. Light
Warning: This book is 18+, contains graphic sex and violence and would be considered a trigger book (rape).

I’ve been a fan of the fantasy genre since I was a wee tot and I can say without reservation that this is one of the most original dark fantasy romance books I’ve ever read. Blending fantasy with romance is difficult, especially to hard-core fantasy readers, but Butcher pulls it off with aplomb.

Dii is an elven mage and a sex slave. She’s abused, raped and more despicable things I won’t
Walter Rhein
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hot Elf Sex!

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the “Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles,” although there are many things about it that I confess I have issues with. However, the book gave me a lot to think about, and it is capably and effectively written so it’s definitely a series to explore.

Some readers might be put off somewhat by the adult content of this novel. Adult content is not the type of thing that is going to bother me, but I didn’t find the examples that appeared in “Light” to be
S.E. Lindberg
Sex and Sorcery: The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles is a unique mash-up of erotic and fantasy fiction. One reason I read this was to lure me out of my comfort zone of Sword & Sorcery, and this was a fun route to take. If one were to take a typical dark fantasy novel with elves & grand battles, and replace all the warfare with steamy sex scenes, then you would get this book. In fact, this book has no real battle scenes with substantial duels or military tactics on display. This book ...more
Sharon Stevenson
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles' is the story of Dii, an elven sorceress who has been kept as a slave. Dii goes on the run from her captors but Witch Hunters are seeking her out relentlessly.

The story is very much a romance at heart, with plenty of steamy graphic sex to keep erotica fans happy. There's some very dark material in there as well, however. Dii suffers through some terrible ordeals before she meets Archos, a lord who is
Kyra Halland
Kyra's star ratings:
Characters: *****
Story: ****
Writing mechanics: ***
Emotional engagement: ****

A long time ago, I thought it was unfair that in the fantasy books I read, wizards never got to have personal lives. Kings and princes and ordinary village guys and everyone else, yes, but not wizards. "The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles" certainly makes up for that.

Aside from the sex scenes (which are not frequent, but are very explicit, occasionally bordering on kinky), The Light Beyond the
Leeland Artra
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
A good romance/dark fantasy read! Yes, I said romance AND dark fantasy. WARNING: This novel contains graphic sex and rape scenes. If you enjoy dark fantasies with lots of horrible things happening to the abused main characters, almost everyone being brutish you'll enjoy this to no end.

I am not a regular dark fantasy reader and read this as it was the book of the month read for the Goodreads group Indie Book Club. As I read it all I could think for the first half of the book was "oh my word how
Lori Myers
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book totally blew me out of the water! The fantasy genre is what I am most comfortable reading. This book took that fantasy realm and merged it beautifully with my second most favored genre of romance. Alex Butcher melds the two wonderfully! I have always thought the idea of celibate magic users a joke, Archos, although I tend to think of him more as an elementalist than your average run of the mill mage, seems to almost collect energy from the very act of lovemaking as opposed to it ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first three chapters were slightly slow and it took me a few days to really get into the story, however, after that I really enjoyed this book, a little on the dark side, but great plot and a very interesting read. I am looking forward to future works by Alexandra Butcher.
A.L. Butcher
Jan 31, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Jul 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one, not even my worst enemy
Recommended to Spuffed by: Lisopia: "Sexy Sci-Fi & Fantasy Erotica" where it was #4 on the list
Quick Rundown: This "book" is about female elf slave trading and the good guys save a lot of them. That's it. No depth, no surprises, no exciting battles, no angst, no nothing besides a severe lack of comma's and periods.

Writing is pretty awful. There were at least 2 errors in use or lack thereof of commas and periods per page and that's no exaggeration. And I never comment on editing issues but this one takes the cake so I had to mention it. I only noticed one misspelling error so the lack of
J.J. DiBenedetto
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alexandra Butcher's "The Light Beyond the Storm" is a gritty, dark fantasy novel, with a much more personal story than is usually found in fantasy - which is a very refreshing change!

The book begins by following Dii, a young Elf-mage who's kept as a slave (in this world, Elves and mages are at best second-class citisens, and woe to anyone who's both). She quickly escapes her master's captivity and comes to the attention of both the Order of Witch Hunters (a corrupt group who capture, torture and
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Characters are vibrant and alive, world is deep, adventure moves well and is intelligently thought out. The book needs a serious edit - normally wouldn't have finished a read with so many editing problems, but the story is so compelling, that I couldn't stop!! With a good edit it would be one of the few five-star reviews I ever gave an independent author. I'm already seeking out the sequel!!
Light Beyond..., as the author has said, is not erotica per se, but an in depth swords
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elves have no freedom under the laws of the Realm which are enforced by Witch-Hunters and feudal land lords. An elf mage is lower than slave though if found visually appealing is sought after for carnal sport by human men.

Dii's world is oppressive and bleak until she finds safe haven and a place to grow in the Valley of Tremellic under the protection and tutelage of Archos the Archmage. Good people are loved and lost in this epic tale of a slaves struggle for freedom and the vengeance exacted
Nathan Preedy
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
For a new author, this book shows considerable promise. The level of detail in the world that Alex has created and the depth of the characters left a lasting impression with me and her descriptive writing style was almost right between 'too much and 'not enough'.

It was the first fantasy book I'd read that had such intense sex scenes but they were handled well and never descended into just porn (which, admittedly, I was initially worried about).

The premise and setting intrigued me and I will
Thaddeus White
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles is a high fantasy book that follows Dii, an enslaved elven mage. She escapes her slavery, but finds herself sought by a trio of very different hunters: her master’s son Ulric, the oppressive Witch-Hunters, and the mage Archos.

The initial premise of the book is one of its strongest points, as it’s impossible to tell who’s going to find her first, and exactly what each one would do to her. After this the story turns down another path, and I felt it became less
Cindy Lyle
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The Light Beyond The Storm Chronicles was part of a group discussion through Goodreads.

Let me start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. The author’s attention to detail was excellent and her characters were well formed and believable. The basic storyline was something I could get behind and the love scenes were very well written.

The story follows a young female elf mage named Dii, who escapes her ruthless master and flees into a world she knows next to nothing about. She finds herself in
Travis Ludvigson
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A story of passion and power!

In an unjust world where elves are enslaved and abused, hope arrives in the form of the indomitable elf mage named Dii’Athella. Fleeing her life as a slave, Dii risks all for the chance at freedom. As she struggles with life as a fugitive, she discovers a power within that is much greater than she ever could have ever imagined.

A.L. Butcher’s first book in the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles is a compelling tale of a young elfin woman who recognizes her own worth
Andrew Weston
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s no bed of roses to live in a world where it’s dangerous to be a woman, an elf, or a practitioner of magic. And when you just so happen to be a combination of all three, well, it can’t get much worse. Slave to a powerful family who treat her as nothing more than a gofer and pleasure toy to be handed round at whim, our heroine, Dii, is understandably fed up with her lot in life and sets out to change it.
Thus the mood is set for what becomes a journey of pursuit and fear, but also discovery
Mark Holborn
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
A dark story of magic and slavery, Dii a slave and mage escapes as the evil world closes in around her and elfkind. All Elves are considered property and are treated worse than one can imagine. This story is a sinsiter outlook on the evil that can be of mankind. Although it shows the worst of us it also finds heroes and that not all men are inherently evil.
Janet E.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A strong new voice in fantasy, earthy yet lyrical. I truly loved this book. The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles spotlight a fine writer who tackles issues of sex discrimination and race discrimination in a fantasy context. Sexual situations, erotica, politics and high adventure mix in a rarefied brew. If you've still got a pulse, read this, and the other related works by A. L. Butcher.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, fantasy
Great book, more than a little on the dark side but interesting new and imaginative. A very different world, in which people are segregated based on their birth. Great magic.
Chris Weston
The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles keeps an easy to follow scope. Characters are likable and the world is unique enough. The problem sets in with the lack of a proper conflict, there is no reason to care. All antagonists are one note "bad" guys and they never put the protagonists in any danger. Characters Archos and Olek are always in control, so no tension ever exists. Dii also suffers from never fully becoming a strong main character.

The first half is stronger than the second, where most
Victoria Zigler
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're the kind of person who enjoys erotic dark fantasy, and doesn't shy away from graphic scenes, then you'll love this book!

The plot is interesting and moves at a nice pace, the characters are well-rounded and have colourful personalities, and the description is both detailed and well-written.

Also, having both read the book as an eBook, and listened to the audio edition, I can tell you that, not only is the book itself an excellent read, but the narrator of the audio edition does a great
R.A. White
I didn't finish this book, so I'm not going to rate it. I got it for a book club, but it really wasn't my thing. I could skip the erotic scenes without too much trouble, but it was very dark and I found the sentence structure/punctuation difficult to follow. People with other interests would probably like this book just fine, but it wasn't for me.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
TRIGGER WARNING: probably 90% of the females you meet in this book have been raped, will get raped, or be victims of attempted rapes (or be the lucky winners and be tortured, raped and murdered).

This book turns all the female characters into victims who need to be rescued and can't help themselves. We alternate between rapes and 7-page long sex scenes. Throw in a dash of not-fully-explained magic...that is apparently illegal, but wealthy men like to have elf/mages as their sexual playthings.

May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Audiobook review: the narrator wasn't terrible. Not the best I've ever heard but certainly not the worst either.
Now let's talk about the book: beyond the flowery language this could be a great book. I love the premise, and i found the plot to be intriguing, but I seriously wanted to fast forward though all of the dialogue. Theres probably a market for this kind of flowery prose but I'm not into it.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Skimmed the last %30 percent of it. Characters felt flat.
Victoria Tinemoff
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I purchased this book, and the second book in the series, based on the covers and seeing the author's short story in an anthology. I'm really sorry I did.

I think I would have enjoyed the story. I liked the world Butcher built, and I was starting to become really invested in the main character.

But in the end, it is a DNF. This manuscript (it's not really a book yet) needs an editor in the worst way. The author is unfortunately completely clueless as to the purpose and usage of punctuation. All
Robert Parks
Nov 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
I think that the story is somewhat original, but it is very loose and lacks good detail. I think the author has potential, but this is some of the worst dialogue I have ever read. I wanted to stop reading about half way, but it is difficult for me to just give up on a book. I will not be moving on to the rest of the series.
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British-born A. L. Butcher is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as ‘evocative’. She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.
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