Light in the Gloaming by J.B. Simmons
: “The Gloaming was worse than the grave…”
so Tryst believed when he banished the former prince to this secret and
brutal exile. Now Tryst sits on the throne of Valemidas. He feasts with
nobles and prepares an army to conquer the world.
But things are
never as stable as they seem. Old loyalties remain. Tryst’s half-sister
wants vengeance for the disappeared prince she loved. What happens if a
man survives a place worse than the grave?
Alliances will crumble, battles will rage, and souls will transform in the Gloaming.
characters were outstanding, they had interesting and diverse
personalities. The good characters had flaws. There were also some
characters who appeared to be aiding the main character, but with the
way the author conveys the heroes thoughts we have doubts along with him
whether they are truly helping him or if they will betray him in the
end. The author did an excellent job of bringing across believable
thoughts and feelings from all of the characters.
interesting to see chapters from the point of view of the hero, Andor
and his rival Tryst from first person perspective and chapters from the
point of view of other characters written in third person perspective.
It was an good technique and it certainly made me feel it was a story
about these two main characters.
The story was excellent. It was
different from your average hero having to overthrow the villain story.
Since the hero had to be more subtle about it and was attempting to do
it without killing his rival.
The action was fairly light and the
fighting scenes tended to be short. That’s not to say there isn’t
anything happening or that it is short on excitement. There is plenty of
that; it just takes a different form, such as the main characters
planning on how they will overthrow Tryst. Probably the biggest
disappointment with the action was how the tension could build up, or
something appears to being set up for an action filled sequence only to
turn out to be fairly small. SPOILER The showdown between Andor and Tryst as well as the big battle were both disappointing given all of the build up to them. [END OF SPOILER]
The descriptions are very well written, every part of the world is more brilliant in the way the author describes it.
Gloaming was a very interesting place, but sadly only fills up a small
section of the book, a couple of chapters at the start and at the end,
which was odd giving the title and the synopsis. The memories of the
place do effect Andor during the story, but I really would liked to have
seen more of it, either by having the prince spend more time there or
by having more detailed flashbacks to the place.
Overall I would
rate this book four and a half out of five. The lack of action, and
results not matching up to the build up were my main reasons for not
giving this book the full five out of five. But it is strong enough for
me to be on the look out for the next book in the series.
In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.