Rachel McClellan is a young adult fantasy writer living in Idaho. Fractured Light is her first book, and will be followed in February 2013 by a sequel, Fractured Truth.
I received an e-book copy of this book for review from NetGalley.
I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.
Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.
As an Aura, Llona has the ability to manipulate light and harness its energy. This is the power the Vykens are after. This is what the Guardians are trained to protect. Christian has been waiting his whole life for the opportunity to fulfill his destiny as a Guardian, but Llona has other plans for him. Going against everything that she’s been taught and defying the Auran Council, Llona convinces Christian to teach her how to use her power as a weapon. It may be her only hope of survival.
The story hooked me in from the first few pages; Llona explaining her need to remain unnoticed, her meeting a few new enrolments in school, and using her powers to diffuse a fight. The story progresses rapidly and reveals more about Llona’s past and her powers. The best part is that information is not conveyed through boring information dumps, but rather through stories and memories, making them interesting and easier to absorb.
While reading the book I had my own ideas about who the villain in the story was. Christian’s suspicious actions made me think he was trying to kill Llona. So I was very surprised when it turned out he was her Guardian, and while writing this review I realised this detail is revealed in the blurb. I feel it would be better if this wasn’t mentioned in the blurb since it heightens the anxiety.
The mythology introduced in the story was completely new to me and I enjoyed it a lot. The idea that women who channel the power of light to heal the world and bring happiness to people was intriguing, but I found their passiveness dull at times. I also liked the discussion of whether Auras should live together in a protected environment rather than roam the world where they may get hurt. I understand both sides of the argument and feel the author does a good job of exploring both views on the subject.
A good first novel by a promising author, Fractured Light will appeal to young adult readers who like fantasy novels. Rachel McClellan is certainly a talented writer, and I look forward to reading the second book in this series.
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