A Touch of Light by Thiago Abdalla The Ashes of Avarin #1

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Today is my stop in the Escapist book tour and I couldn’t be happier to share my reading experience with everyone. A Touch of Light is a Multi POV story riddled with war, hatred, religion, and a growing sickness taking shape throughout the land. The author does a great job of immersing the reader in this rich world even if the introduction was a bit confusing at times.

Adrian is the second son to the king chosen to take up the mantle from his now deceased brother Jovu. Jovu was tasked with doing a task for his father while slaughtering clans and villages before being killed himself. It now falls to Adrian to carry on the task but he is more of a diplomat than fighter. Together with his bride to be Myrra, daughter of an enemy foreign king, the will of the Seraph will cleanse the land of this growing sickness. Nasha is a hunter for her clans to the south of this world. While out in the wild, she discovers a sickness beginning to infect the people of her an neighboring clans of the Steeps. When she is forced to kill a elder member, her story will spiral down a dark path. Lynn is a prisoner in a cell by her own choosing as she can’t live with her sins and painful choices of her past. When she is forgiven her past sins by the Pontiff himself, Lynn is thrown back out into the world where the actions of her dark past will return. Lynn’s memories are filled with death and despair but will she be able to live with the person she has become?

The story get very dark and it puts itself firmly in the realm of a suspense thriller. Religion and faith are big themes in A Touch of Light and the importance of what can happen when faith turns into an obsession or law. The worldbuilding is very rich and readers will not have any issues being sucked right into it. This one issue I did see in the first few chapters is that the author was throwing a lot of information at you very quickly especially in the first Nasha chapter. Push through that and it will all come together but this will be a deterrent for some readers.

This is an ambitious debut novel of Thiago Abdalla and he is off to a very promising start. The story will not be for everyone but if you are read to strap yourself in for a wild ride with plenty of surprises, look no further!


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