Book Review: ‘In Pursuit of Light’ by Sarah B Meadows

‘In Pursuit Of Light’ focuses on the experiences of a close-knit group of men, a ‘band of brothers’ so to speak, each of whom is gifted with some form of special ability. These characters share the role of narrator, giving the reader intimate insights into the events of the story but also into each one’s thoughts, emotions and reactions. 

Kia is a most mysterious character, who hooks the reader first with her vulnerability and then with her independence. The author makes fascinating use of  the narrative device in that the reader gets to know Kia through the perspectives of the narrators rather than through her own experience and point of view. 

The story combines elements of paranormal and urban fantasy, with strong post-apocalyptic overtones which come partly from  the settings and world-building, and partly from the activities and behaviour off the men. While their actual occupation is really only hinted at, the reader does feel as though they are involved in some sort of resistance or paramilitary activity in a world that has survived an undefined but significant trauma.  

The writing is powerful, telling a compelling story and making use of some almost poetic imagery at times. However, it is also true that the book as a whole would also benefit from more thorough editing to remove errors that, while individually minor, frustrate the reader as they accumulate.  

This is an interesting and often suspenseful story. It does end with a cliffhanger designed to motivate readers to advance to the second book, but the story has sufficient resolution to give the reader a sense of having been provided answers to at least some of the residual questions posed by the story and its underlying premise. 

There is adult content in this book, so it’s recommended for readers aged 18+ only.

‘In Pursuit Of Light’ has been awarded a Silver Acorn.

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Fast Five: Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Reads

If dystopian and post-apocalyptic reads are your favourites, try these!

Sleepless Flame 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B4R1XRJ/

Only The Few 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071197GBP

Quad 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DCV7YNL

The Gaia Effect 
https://www.amazon.com/Gaia-Effect-Claire-Buss-ebook/dp/B01N7KT80X/

I Wore Heels To The Apocalypse 
https://www.amazon.com/I-Wore-Heels…/dp/B01DRBA67U/

Book Review:’Merry Apocalypse’ by C.A. King

A sobering tale set on Christmas Eve.

What happens to a world where things are valued more than people? In the midst of songs and stories about jolly old Santa comes a tale of foreboding and darkness that speaks to a materialistic and selfish world.

The story immerses the reader in an environment where “naughty” far outweighs “nice”, and where the consequences affect all of humanity. Yet still, even in the depravity and darkness, a small flicker of hope survives— perhaps just for one more night.

‘Merry Apocalypse’ is a well-crafted short story with a powerful message. We may not be experiencing the apocalypse, but its warning is relevant and timely.

‘Merry Apocalypse’ has been awarded a Silver Acorn.

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Book Review: ‘I Wore Heels To The Apocalypse’ by CH Clepitt

A most enjoyable, quirky read.

‘I Wore Heels To The Apocalypse’ is a quirky and satirical twist on the post-apocalyptic genre. This is a most entertaining story, laced with Clepitt’s trademark humour, twisted storylines and highly memorable characters that are interesting, diverse, and well-developed.

I enjoyed this book as an audiobook, but it’s also available as a paperback or ebook.  The narration is excellent, adding depth and personality to the characters in a way that further developed the humour of the story itself.

‘I Wore Heels To The Apocalypse’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.

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Book Review: ‘Dungari Rise’ by Nikki Landis

This is a complex and powerful story of love and hatred, desire and repulsion, truth and deceit that are inextricably interwoven.

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In a world of enmity, fear and suspicion, not every Dungari is the enemy.

This is a complex and powerful story of love and hatred, desire and repulsion, truth and deceit that are inextricably interwoven. As layers of deception are uncovered and characters learn truths about themselves and others, the reader is steadily drawn deeper into the story.

Action, danger, and desire combine to deliver a story that is thrilling in every sense of the word.

While this is a cleverly crafted dystopian/post-apocalyptic story, it also carries an important message against bullying, exploitation and abuse that is most appropriate to the world we live in today. As ‘Dungari Rise’ contains erotica and some quite graphic violence, it is suitable for adult audiences only.

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It’s a pleasure to give this great read a Gold Acorn.

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Book Review: ‘Only The Few’ by L.N. Denison

This suspenseful thriller had me hooked right from the start.

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This suspenseful thriller had me hooked right from the start.

Immersed immediately in the world of post-apocalyptic London in 2025 and the life of the main character, Corporal Catherine Hyde, the drama unfolds steadily from the first page. From that point, the tension starts to build and the questions begin to gnaw at both the reader and Corporal Hyde.

Hyde’s character is brilliantly developed. She is likeable, strong enough to be a hero and weak enough to be believeable. The reader feels as though they know and understand her, and begins to feel defensive of her when she faces challenges from the situations she faces and from other people. Her flawed humanity contrasts profoundly with her strengths, adding another layer of deep complexity and irony to the story.

There are some incredibly confronting scenes which Denison has crafted to be both compelling and extremely uncomfortable: despite the strong desire to “look away”, the reader has to keep going because the story is just that good.

There is nothing predictable about ‘Only The Few’. The author keeps the reader wondering and guessing right up until the last page. On going back to previous chapters and re-reading sections, it became evident that the author had achieved exceptionally clever delivery of clues that the reader will never realise are clues until they return to those scenes after finishing the book. That is a sign of a gifted writer with a talent for creating and crafting fantastic stories.

The book concludes with a teaser line about a “companion” novel which spurs the curiosity and keeps the wondering and guessing going. I know what I want that companion story to be, but I guess I’m just going to have to wait until it arrives to find out if I’m right.

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Bravo, L N. Denison.  5 stars from me.