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Friday, February 28, 2014

book review: Cloak of the Light

What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? 

What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

(Description from Amazon.com)

When I was in my early teens, I was a huge fan of Chuck Black's Kingdom series, so when I saw that he had written a new book, Cloak of the Light, I was thrilled to be able to review it.  After reading through the book at an alarming speed, I was not disappointed!

I loved Chuck Black's new genre.  After his previous series so deeply entrenched in the medieval/fantasy realm, it was very interesting to read his book in the modern day setting.  His story drew me in, deeper than I've been drawn in to a story in a while!  The suspense was well written; the elements of spiritual warfare and science were excellently crafted--drawing one in with just enough information, but not boring the reader with too much.

My only disappointment was with the actual prose and wording of the book. It felt a bit rushed, as though many of the sentences could have been recrafted in future drafts.  I found myself rearranging the sentences as I read, because I would stumble over them in my mind. 

All in all, I loved the book.  I would have finished it in a day, had I the time, but nevertheless found myself looking for every spare moment to get back to the book.  I was more than a little upset when I found that the book ended in a cliff hanger!  And to think I have to wait a whole year?  Ah well, looking forward to Chuck Black's next installment in the Wars of the Realm series!

Note: I also appreciated that the book was not too violent, so I wouldn't hesitate to let one of my younger siblings (12+) read it.

I give Cloak of the Light 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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