Review of AGAINST THE LIGHT by Dave Duncan
47North, January 2012
Author Dave Duncan (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of SF/Fantasy by Duncan) delivers an exciting fantasy adventure. His descriptions of the powerful and often destructive impact of church on state accurately describe many historical periods in human history, provide a warning to us today, and allow him a fun twist on the traditional "against the darkness" spin of many fantasy and SF stories.
For me, the three primary character arcs worked. Rollo was slow and steady, perhaps a bit too perfect but with the violence of his initial torture, curse and escape to round him out. Brat was impetuous, but who wouldn't be with his background. Maddy was the traditional evil queen of fantasy (think Cersei Lannister from George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire) who uses her sex for intrigue to undermine the powerful and support her own family, but because we see her transformation, we admire rather than reject her.Four Stars
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