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Darkness Of The Light

Darkness Of The Light

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by Peter David

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On the Damned World, it’s every man for himself. Only it’s not just mankind who inhabits this crumbling, desolate world. Twelve very different species, creatures out of Earth’s mythology that live on the land, in the sea, and underground, vie for survival in a hostile land.

While the bloodsucking Piri fight the one-eyed Ocular, the


On the Damned World, it’s every man for himself. Only it’s not just mankind who inhabits this crumbling, desolate world. Twelve very different species, creatures out of Earth’s mythology that live on the land, in the sea, and underground, vie for survival in a hostile land.

While the bloodsucking Piri fight the one-eyed Ocular, the aquatic Merks exploit their cousins the Markene and the Sirene, and the Trulls fight among themselves as they, like the other races that unwillingly share the world after having been thrust there by a fate they don’t understand, battle for survival.

But amid the chaos of the ravaged earth there are signs of hope for a brighter future. Jepp, a woman- a human woman- is about to be carried off by two pug-ugly Mandraques who think she’d make a cool battle prize. But Karsen Foux, one of a motley tribe of bottom-feeders, can’t bear the thought of what would happen to her if she’s captured, so he gathers his courage and saves her, much to his own surprise.

Jepp joins the tribe, to the delight of Karsen and the chagrin of Zerena, the tribe’s leader. Leading a precarious existence and making bad deals with unscrupulous and powerful people, the bottom-feeders manage to survive, until they are forced to return a favor once done for them by Nagel, King of the Ocular. It seems simple enough. They must find and bring to him the legendary Orb of Light, fabled to be the key to the world’s salvation. Jepp and Karsen are somehow sure that there is a better way, if only they can unite all the peoples of the world. But they can’t even think about their own needs until they do what Nagel asked.

But as their quest for the Orb begins, none of its seekers realize that the fabled Orb, once known by a much more ominous name, could lead to the utter destruction of the only world they’ve got...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Peter David is a master at juggling multiple characters and plot lines—and, in what one hopes is the first in a new series, breathes new life into some well-worn mythic tropes. (Starred review.)
Regina Schroder
An entertaining adventure whose cliff-hanger ending confirms that it launches a series.
Terry Brooks
"Darkness of the Light", first of a series, is another quirky, intriguing, wonderful tale, filled with adventure and unexpected plot twists. No one else tells a story quite like he does.

Product Details

Crazy 8 Press
Publication date:
The Hidden Earth Chronicles , #1
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3 MB

Meet the Author

PETER DAVID is the author of dozens of books, including New York Times bestselling Star Trek: The New Frontier series, as well as the Sir Apropos of Nothing and Knight Life series. A television writer for such shows as Babylon 5, Crusade, and Space Cases [which he co-created], David is also a headlining writer for both Marvel and DC Comics, most recently the Dark Tower series based on Stephen King’s novel. He lives on Long Island.

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Darkness of the Light: The Hidden Earth Chronicles 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
EricTeall More than 1 year ago
Edit (March 2012): Now that this novel is available as an ebook for a mere $3 and the second novel in the series is available and even better than the first, there is no doubt that anyone who enjoys sci-fi, fantasy, fast-paced plot, or interesting and believable characters should pick this one up right away. This series will reward you for the time you put into it. Let's start with the GOOD: First, the characters are excellent. Mr. David understands choices and consequences are what makes a story happen. If you've liked any of his other books (Star Trek, Knight Life, etc.) for their characters, you will grow to like this one. There's an excellent variety of personalities (as always). Second, the "Damned World" is very interesting. I felt like I'd read the first 30 pages of this book a hundred times before: various conflicted sci-fi/fantasy races with "dumb" names, the aftermath of a climactic battle and the confused survivors, seemingly pointless political intrigue... etc, etc. I could scarcely believe it was a Peter David book... until the plot really got going. Then the "dumb" names suddenly seemed quite clever, the confused survivors learned some really cool things, and the political intrigue was rooted in characters and situations I cared about. The basic idea behind this book (and series) rivals the coolness of the basic idea behind Bill Willingham's FABLES series, if that tells you anything. Third, the dialog is sharp and the observations sharper. Very few of the debates between the characters are obviously or pathetically one-sided. While the book's theme comes down decisively on one side of most arguments, the opposite side gets some good shots in. This book excels at calling characters on their BS lines of argument. (Add in a couple of laugh-out-loud hilarious moments, and this novel is just bitingly clever.) Finally, the last hundred pages are must-read stuff. While I didn't like the first hundred, the tension ramped and ramped until I could not put it down. There are at least two "didn't see them coming" plot twists and a couple of high-concept revelations that make this novel very interesting to this sci-fi and fantasy fan. Mr. David just keeps tightening the screws, and by the end, this book is seriously moving and interesting. Now, let's have the BAD: I actively disliked the beginning of this novel. There, I've said it. Mr. David is one of my two favorite authors, so it worried me that I felt the first 100 pages FELT so cliched and clunkily written. It turns out that it's NOT cliched once the book gets going, but the writing in the first hundred pages is weak, especially for such an accomplished author. Luckily, the book gets better, and the last 100 pages is break-neck, can't-put-it-down reading. It is worth noting that this is the first book in a longer series. If this were part of a DVD set, this book would maybe be the first disc. I felt about this story the same way I did about FIREFLY (by Joss Whedon) when I first watched it: indifference and a little boredom at first, then passing interest in a couple concepts or characters, then real excitement and concern for the characters and their fates. If you've ever liked a Peter David series like STAR TREK: NEW FRONTIER, INCREDIBLE HULK, SUPERGIRL (1996), or FALLEN ANGEL, you will enjoy this book. If you haven't liked any of those, give this book (or one of those) a try; you won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I enjoyed Pulling Up Stakes 1 & 2. The write up is based on the human slave Jepp and her adventures, but it is so much more. There are a plethora of characters of which to keep track, so many, in fact, that it sometimes gets confusing, but when you stick with it the benefits are incredible. Peter David did a masterful job in world building. The characters are credible and actually develop depth the longer you know them. Enjoyed it so much, bought Height of the Depths before I finished this one.
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gsc12345 More than 1 year ago
Peter David writes well. This book combines science fiction with fantasy and introduces a whole series of complex characters, each with his or her own culture and world view. If you don't mind that the book ends in a cliffhanger with multiple dangling story lines, then you will enjoy "Darkness of the Light."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and engaging characters and interesting plot
J3v0n More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Post Apocalypse Story "Darkness of the Light" presents us with our world after the apocalypse with several sentient species fighting amongst themselves for territory. These creatures which served as the basis for man's monster legends are actually aliens from another dimension that were banished to earth. In to this setting we are introduce to Jepp, one of the few remaining humans who was taken in by a band of racially diverse monsters after her previous masters were slaughtered. As the narrative unfurls the story shows Jepp and her new friends being forced to undertake a suicidal mission; brief historical look at the first pioneering creatures that tried to colonise earth; the nature of the different feuds that each race has with the other; and a brief look into the mystery that is the Overseer who acts like the warden to all the races banished to earth. The highlight for me were the sarcasm that comes across in the Jepp and her friends' conversations and watching Jepp transform from this docile pleasure slave to something mysterious and dangerous.
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for you sci-fi fans this is an intriguing book. The list of characters is many and you have to take the time to remember then. The action is good and the place settings are unusual. a good read. It is nice to know there is a sequel
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