Forbidden Things Idrith Pointed Out Grimly, Things That Could Be Your Death Warrant All Beauty Has A Price, Castellan, And With All Knowledge Comes Responsibility The People Who Deal With My Contact Know This Well And They Know The Worse Price Of Ignoring It What Would That Be Emptiness Idrith Dropped His Gaze At Last That One Word Described His Whole Existence Tell Me , Please On A World Without Hope, Where Life Is Fading And Colour Is A Crime Three People Living Very Different Lives Are About To Have Their Perception Of Reality Shattered As Deceptions Are Torn Away, And Ancient Secrets Brought To Light, They Each Must Struggle To Find The Missing Pieces Of The Puzzle Pieces That Will Reveal Their True Destiny Idrith, Bitter And Trapped In A Life He Never Chose, Is The First To Discover His Own Fear Filled Mystery Obsessed With Finding The Truth Behind The Lies, He Turns To The One Person He Has Always Tried To Avoid The Mysterious Pilgrim, Harmion Aztar S Military Promotion Comes With An Unexpected Burden That Threatens The Entire Northerner Regime It Seems That Their Only Hope May Lie In The Hands Of Someone He Was Raised To Think Of As His Inferior Each Day They Struggle Together To Find A Solution, But At Night Aztar Struggles Alone As The Secret He S Hidden Since Childhood Returns To Torment Him Daen Was Allowed To Grow Up Unrestricted And Far Better Educated Than Normal For A Northerner Woman Now Her Father S Health Is Failing And The Running Of Their Family Estate Lies In Her Hands Knowing That Desperate Situations Call For Courageous Action, She Is About To Take A Step That Will Change Her Life Forever Reviewed on behalf of The Review BoardSindorus is a harsh militant world Daen is an exception to the norm a northern female brought up knowing how to read and write, and make her own decisions Idrith chose monastic life young, when tragedy struck his family Aztar, in his quest for the approval of his father, sets his sights on becoming the youngest Zah Har Controller ever The Zah Riel has built this society and its religion based on secrets and lies Pilgrim Harmion has a mission that will change everything.I found myself hooked by this book straight away There were some slow bits where my attention wanted to wander, but on the whole, it was a good read The author has a fantastic imagination, and is obviously at home in the fantasy genre Unfortunately, the book has been let down badly by appalling spelling, punctuation and grammar A lot of these mistakes are basic, and would be weeded out with even a perfunctory proofread Words have been confused, such as using taught for taut , past for passed , etc There are lots of words missing, and lots left in where they want removing There are also clumsy sentences, such as the following He picking up the dragons, holding them out in his hand And perhaps they some kind of escort for his bride,.The narrative is full of comma splices, introductory clauses left without commas, split infinitives, and commas in strange places The writing is extremely passive in nature, and the action is delayed time and again by the insertion of began to and started to On one notable paragraph, I counted four began to formulations, one after another There were also a lot of filter words All of which distance the reader from the characters and the action.I spotted a number of plot holes and inconsistencies some of which could be down to spelling errors missing words etc While others are obvious contradictions to what has been written previously.All of this is such a shame, as this has the potential to be a brilliant book In the end, I had to make a concerted effort to ignore over and over the errors, and attempt to just read Sometimes it took a while to work out what the sentence should say.If this book was edited and proofread, I would give it an easy top star rating However, as it stands, I cannot give it any higher than 2 stars, which translates into 4 out of 10 stars using The Review Board s rating system I feel the need to restate here, that this author has an excellent imagination and her book has some great potential It is simply the lack of editing or proofreading that has let this down so much. This was SO NOT my kind of book People with weird names, living in a place with two moons, for crying out loud BUT the story won me over It was completely involving, even mesmerizing at times.We meet A monk who struggles to find something to believe in.An artist who crosses the line into illegality by painting with colors Two men who need to solve the mystery of weaponry that is rapidly disintegrating The author has done a great job of creating a believable world, peopled with characters that we can like and root for It is well written and unpredictable, and I m looking forward to the next adventure. I read this quite a while ago 2 years felt it had a few too many problems to give it 4 stars Maybe it does, but then again, I still remember it very well think about it occasionally No 3 star book does that, so i think I was being grumpy No, don t laugh It happens occasionally This is Frost s first book It s got a bit of steam punk, which wasn t really fleshed out, but has a REALLY cool system of magic based on color It s haunting the main reason I think of this often Well worth a read. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Books with settings in other worlds have so much potential I decided to read this one because of how colours were are a bad thing How can this be Aren t colours all around us I was intrigued I just hoped that the author could write a satisfying story about it To my delight, the plot was well thought out and it was very believable I loved how the characters shifted how they saw the world when any illegal colours were brought into their lives It was as if they went from seeing a tree in black and white to actually seeing it as various shades of greens and browns.In Frost s world, owning anything colorful can land you in serious trouble For example, pictures in your home can be pencil or charcoal sketches, but a colorful painting of a bowl of fruit is illegal But you re not limited to just paintings Colorful outfits and even stained glass are illegal If you re caught with any sort of coloured item, you could do some serious jail time, or even be sentenced to death Why is this Because colour can corrupt the mind.Setting up the story takes time so be patient in the beginning Frost has to introduce readers to each main character and explain their back stories Then Frost begins weaving in the seemingly innocent pieces of the plot that will be tied together in the end First Light is a complex story that is well written and executed This is made impressive by the fact that this is Frost s first book There are three main characters, and four other characters that are all tied together The three main characters Idrith, Daen, and Aztar each have parts of the story told through their point of view since they live in different areas of Sindorous This was a great decision by Frost They each interact with Harmion who helps move the story along In fact, readers will hate Harmion for his actions There is a reason for what he does though, and by the end of the book, his betrayal makes sense.The book tells a complete story, but leaves certain threads undone so readers will want to pick up the second book It should be interesting to see what the group of characters with their special talents can do when the act together to change things in Sindorous.A special note to potential readers, don t judge this book by it s cover Yes, I m one of those people who sometimes selects books because of the cover and the synopsis , but definitely don t skip over this one Pick it up and read it The writing style is easy to read Middle graders can easily read this, but the plot is so complex that I recommend it for teens and adults It can easily be a family book There s symbolism in the book and of course, some mystery.
Michelle Frost was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia Zimbabwe She is the author of two novels, FIRST LIGHT and WISDOMS OF THE LIGHT She won second place in the 2001 Klein Karoo Arts Festival for the visionary sci fi short story NO MORE EMPTY FACES and won second place in the 2010 John Muir Trust Wild Writing competition for LEAP OF FAITH She has worked as a librarian, commercial artist, astrologer and
- 372 pages
- First Light
- Michelle Frost
- 10 December 2019 Michelle Frost