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The Light of Kerrindryr

(The War of Memory Cycle #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Redemption through Service.

Purification through Sacrifice.

These are the tenets of the Imperial Light, and Cob follows them devoutly despite being enslaved for his father's treason. Now, raised as a soldier and betrayed by a friend, he has been driven from the Imperial Army into the heretic-riddled lands he helped to conquer. In this strange realm, he finds that Light and D
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published May 11th 2013 by H. Anthe Davis
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Pauline Ross
This could be the world's shortest review. I could just say: this book is piking awesome. Read it. The end.

Or I could tell you exactly why it’s so awesome (a much, much longer review). So let’s do that. Settle down, I’m going to ramble a bit so this may take some time.

I read a lot of debut fantasy, and there's no way to predict exactly what you might get. Even the sample isn't a good guide, because a promising opening can sometimes tail off disappointingly. Mostly, I find them to be varying shad
Thomas Cardin
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
All right. I have a lot of progress reports on this one--good and bad. When The Light of Kerrindryr was good, it was very good. The descriptions and the action were well thought out and vivid. Many of the places came alive in my head.

To talk of my favorite bits in detail would be spoiler to the story. There is depth and action here that rocked my socks, but detractors as well. Not an easy book to review, but the complexities are a good thing as much as bad.

I cheated at one point and went to the
Readers beware: If you enjoy the predictable, then this is not the book for you!

Fantasy usually isn't my thing (I'm addicted to kinky, HEA romances), but I like to break out of the box every once in a while and try something different and this book really hit the spot! Adventure, magic, humor, mythology, dashes of horror (don't read while eating!), astonishing creatures, and characters that take the reader's emotions on a 360 degree roller coaster ride... Seriously? What's not to love? It's pik
Scottsdale Public Library
The Light of Kerrindryr brings readers on an unpredictable journey with an enslaved man by the name of Cob. He was forced into the slave army for the crimes of his father and with only a few short months left of his service he is shoved out by his only confidant. Cob, unlike many slaves, was content with his role in the army and must now find his way to be purified in the Light again. This book was a wild ride of action and adventure set in a world filled with magic, sacred souls, and the truth ...more
Tiffany Mathews
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was hard to rate but I did it on a personal level of what is important to me as a reader.

In terms of description and action, I would have given this book a five. The pictures the author paints are incredible.

She uses her voice to create something truly unique and wonderful. As a piece of writing, again I would give it a five.

And the last way it scores a five is for creativity of idea. I have never read anything else remotely similar. When people tried to ask me what I was reading, I ha
Jun 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I never thought I would say this, but there is a thing as to be to detailed and a to flowery writing... every freaking thing is detailed... seriously.... that makes for a really long boring story
Steve Thomas
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
The Light of Kerrindryr largely tells the story of Cob, an escaped slave on a quest to redeem himself by facing judgement in a religious ritual on the other side of the (highly oppressive and theocratic) Empire. But the Empire isn't having any of that and deploys a super-powered assassin to track and capture him. Most of the story is a chase.

Cob himself is an unlikely protagonist. He's a short-sighted, bigoted zealot who shuts down any scenes of exposition by sounding off about lies and blasphem
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Before I get on with the review:

An urge to smack some sense into the main character is natural. He's a very stubborn teenage boy.

Fantasy series, adventure, monsters, evil and good dukeing it out - except, wait, which one is evil again? Sometimes the guys you took for granted as the good guys turn out not to be what you thought they were. Sometimes a character you were sure was the villain does something that shocks you with how wrong you were about them. Then they go back to being villains again
Masquerade Crew
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it


Have you ever felt really strongly about something only to find out it was not that way at all? This was an interesting book - somewhat unique in it's plot lines leading you first one way and then another. The story moves from one person's perspective to another's and then another's and, while you must pay attention, it's not that difficult to follow. The characters are well written and go though thought processes to lead them to re-evaluate what they blindly b
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This is only the beginning, folks! Hillary is a new and aspiring author; and I love her work. She has introduced me to the SciFi genre and I am hooked on her book(s)! Her choice for words and her expression of detail to her unique characters are outstanding. Give it a try and see if you get hooked like I did! Yes, it is about good vs evil; but it will also take you to another galaxy/world and back in a blink of an eye! You truly want to read more!!
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like high fantasy and awesome villains, this is the book for you. The author creates a world that is both interesting and unusual, with shocking events and revelations about the characters' identities and motives. Things are rarely what they seem. One of my favorite things was the complex mythology - not the usual copy/paste of European mythology that many fantasy writers use, which was very refreshing.
Stuart Macmartin
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2014
Not as enthused about this book as Pauline; I could easily put it down and there were some bizarre scenes and sometimes the language seemed to be trying too hard. But it is richly imagined. Easily 4 stars for all the reasons Pauline writes. Probably will read the next, if I can remember what went on.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Unfortunately, I give up. I completely agree with Steve's review. At 40%, the book just felt too meandering. I couldn't connect with the plot or the characters at all.
Bill Tillman
It is very sad that this was such a great tale, only to be followed by another with adult content. Great mixture of high celt mythalong with the author's own twist.
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H. Anthe Davis was born in New England, and she still loves the fall colors, but her true loyalty is to the internet. She also loves books (fantasy, sci-fi, horror and narrative nonfiction), manga and comics (generally involving monsters), horror movies (mainly schlock) and weird niche goth music that she nevertheless tries to inflict upon the daylit world. She is currently located in the Valley o ...more

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