Written by: Karina Sumner-Smith
Series: Towers Trilogy
Sequence in Series: 1
Paperback: 400 pages
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Science Fiction | Young Adult
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Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast—no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers.
When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body—any body—so that it can regain its position, while the Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless—until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.
With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.
Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith
Radiant is the first book in a fresh new series called the Towers Trilogy. If you take 1 part Science Fiction, 1 part paranormal, definitely add in some dystopia and maybe a dash of fantasy and maybe some necromancy and you have Radiant.
This is my first time reading a book written by Karina Sumner-Smith but it won't be my last. She creates this incredible world of technology and magic. Then she gives you not one, but two, marvelously strong young women as the lead protagonists...ok, so one is maybe a ghost but not in the way you'd think of a ghost...more of a spirit. Lets just say your in for a great adventure.
The story is highly detailed and very descriptive. Much of the story is giving you required information for you to completely understand this new world, so it does slow the pace at times but it is a big help with the plot building.
Utterly entertaining, shockingly unexpected and delightfully brand-new, Radiant is sure to thrill the epic science fiction reader.
I received this ARC copy of Radiant from Talos in exchange for a honest review. This book is set to publish on September 2, 2014.