Sunday, March 6, 2016

Starlight by William Stacey (The Dark Elf War #1)


My Rating: 3 Stars

Written by: William Stacey
Series: The Dark Elf War
Paperback: 530 pages
Publisher: Bastard Sword Press; 1 edition
Publication Date: August 20, 2015
ISBN-10: 0991965825
ISBN-13: 978-0991965823
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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A secret power. The revival of magic. An ancient evil stirs.

Twenty-year-old university dropout Cassie Rogan has returned to her small British Columbia home. Tortured by an accident that killed her parents, she drifts, failing life at every turn. When an impossibly localized lightning storm hits the surrounding forest, Cassie discovers her supernatural side.

After centuries of atrophy, the forces of magic are flowing back into our world, and Cassie can wield arcane powers. Her life seems destined to turn around, until the downside of magic brings everything to a screeching halt. Horrifying mythical beasts now prowl the northern wilderness—including the Basilisk—an enormous eight-legged lizard that can turn its prey to stone.

Recruited by a secretive agency, Cassie must quickly master her powers to protect mankind. As she develops her skills, a dark power secretly watches from the shadows. The Fae Seelie (a.k.a. the Dark Elves)—humanity's ancient enemy—have returned to settle the score.

Starlight is the first book in the Dark Elf War series, an epic urban fantasy and coming of age series that features fast-paced action, mysterious creatures, careful world-building, and breathless pacing. Author William Stacey is a 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.

My Review:
Starlight (The Dark Elf War #1)Starlight by William Stacey

Starlight gives us a refreshing and very original twist to a Dark Elves based urban fantasy.

Sealed away since before there was ones to remember, the Dark Elves have broken through an inter-dimensional rift that humans have accidentally created between the two realms.

Once this barrier is breached, magic rushes back into the human occupied world, enabling only three human new adults with magical powers to save our world from Dark Elf slaughter and enslavement.

The human's have made many advancements in technology that can assist in keeping the threat at bay but it looks like the magical and military are going to have to learn to work together to save our world.

This book has all the makings of a marvelous urban fantasy. The story is quite unique and imaginative. My personal favorite, premise of a Dark Elf invasion with magic, mayhem and mythological creatures.

Unfortunately, I found the story a bit preachy. It is obvious there is difficult feelings towards the “devote Christian” imbued with power and much more sympathetic feelings toward the atheist. Which in itself wouldn’t have been a problem but the atheist, Cassie went out of her way to be confrontational with Elizabeth, the Christian, making both of them very unlikable.

I also found it took a really long time for this story to really get going. You are more than 47% into this story before the characters start to come together. You get little glimpses here and there of the conflict but for the most part it has multiple viewpoints that stay separate with mostly world building and background until you are half way through.

That being said, I found the second half fast paced and much more enjoyable and entertaining.

In the end, I like Starlight and have some interest in seeing where this story will lead.

I received this copy of Starlight from Bastard Sword Press in exchange for a honest review.

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