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Shine Light by Marianne de Pierres

Ixion. The island of ever-night.

If she had a choice, Naif wouldn’t go back. But her friends will die if she doesn’t find a cure for the badges that are slowly killing them, and her brother is there, fighting against the Ripers who hold everyone in thrall. And Naif has knowledge that might save them all.

First she must solve the mystery of Ixion’s eternal night. Then she must convince everyone – rebels and revellers alike – to join her cause. And all the while, she must fight the urge to go to Lenoir – her greatest love, her mortal enemy.

The secrets of Ixion must be revealed. The evils must be stopped. A new dawn will come.

Shine Light is very short – I knocked it over in a couple of hours – but packs a mighty punch that I’m reeling from! It’s a poignant and fitting conclusion to The Night Creatures series and admirably brings the adventure to a close.

The characters continue their growth and development throughout the book, and one of the most striking things that Naif’s recognition that despite her awakening in Ixion, there are limits to what she can and will do. She fights in her own way and although she admires Suki and Clash for being able to take life, realises she will never be able to do that herself. I think it’s a wonderful thing for Naif, because she retains aspects of Retra inside her, which is realistically how it should be. I was disappointed that Jarrold and Marcus didn’t appear throughout the story as much as I would have liked, but having spent all of Angel Arias with them, I was glad to have Suki and Rollo around a lot more throughout Shine Light.

The secrets of Ixion do indeed come to light in the book, with the science fiction elements hinted at in Burn Bright returning to the forefront. I loved it, it was original and different enough to be entertaining, and I enjoyed that at no point did Marianne de Pierres try to instil the Ripers and Night Creatures with too much humanity. They simply are, and we will never fully understand them.

I have enjoyed The Night Creatures series immensely and have loved the adventures I have shared with Naif. Disheartened as I am to let the gang go, I think Shine Light is the perfect conclusion to the story. I highly recommend the series to all fans of the weird and wonderful, and especially to young adult readers who are looking for something original and touching and brilliant.

2 comments on “Shine Light by Marianne de Pierres

  1. The story should continue so that we see the backlash to all that has transpired. The Elders being ousted, the families being reunited, some good, same not so good. Fathers being held to account for their abuse of their sons and daughters, Naif and Lenoir’s story either ending completely or finally uniting and blending into another race of new beginners where Ripers co-exist with the help of the Uthers. Let not this be the end, we need the story to Burn Bright!

    • While I would love to read more books set on this world, I disagree in that I think Shine Light is the perfect ending to the series, and doesn’t need to expand on it. I think authors shouldn’t feel forced to wrap up their stories with individual happy endings and show us every single that happens, as this tends to draw the story on too much.

      I feel the the conflict in the books is that Retra and her brother escape the oppressive confines of their world and find solace on Ixion, but Ixion turns out to be more dangerous than fun. With the destruction of Ixion in Shine Light, the original conflict is dealt with, and it’s then unnecessary to dwell on the individual story lines. I, myself, am content knowing that all the characters will live on in freedom, and relish the opportunity to dream up happy endings for them to my content 🙂

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