Book Review At The Sharp End of Lightning

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25324761Title: At The Sharp End of Lightning

Author: Nicholas Bates

Genre: Epic Fantasy / Magical Realism

Rating: A

AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING. The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. In Oceanlight, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her lover over immense seas only to find catastrophe and realization that her world is in turmoil. Meanwhile in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth afflicted by a disease of the blood, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit. Yalara and Einion must discover the causes of their near-deaths and their as yet unrevealed connections as they both face upheaval to their lives and their worlds. Book One of the OCEANLIGHT series.

Two characters, one a winged Sea Sprite in a world called Oceanlight, the other a young boy from North Wales, named Einion. It seems unlikely the two will ever meet, but they do. Einion has a sprite guarding him, Helia. Loved how the worlds connected, and how the author didn’t shy away from incorporating natural disasters, like floods and earth warming into the book. Still, despite the heavy focus on the environment, it was still a pleasant fantasy book. Most impressive was the world-building, especially the world of Oceanlight.

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