Wednesday, February 12, 2014
After reading a reviewers copy of Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black, given for free by Multnomah publishers, it is easy to see that Black has an amazing talent at creating both a story and characters that are so real as to fully draw the reader into their world. The world and the hidden dimensional world especially is so compelling that it is sometimes hard to pull out of the story and return to normal reality. It is easy to expect to see beings from this other dimension around every corner. That being said, the book is painful to get into because the main character, Drew Carter, goes through so much loss in his young life before the reader gets to the meat of the story. All of the loss comes together to help make Drew who he is but that doesn't make it any easier to see Drew experience it. The side characters are created in such an absolutely brilliant way that they strengthen both Drew and the plot, ever adding more and ever taking the story deeper. Everyone seems to be organic to the plot and nothing seemed to be author imposed. This was indeed a wonderful read. If the rest of the series is as good as this first book it is sure to become a new favorite, which is saying a lot as that would put it on a level with Wheel of Time and League of Jewelled Men--two other favorite stories. The emotional ride this book provides and the powerful feelings it causes to well up in the reader are on par most award winning books out there. Well done Chuck Black. Looking forward to the rest of the series!