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Posted September 21, 2014
Oh my goodness! I can see why this book got nominated for a Christy Award last year! It is so very powerful and left me breathless with the allegorical messages that many times I had to reread (they were just that powerful)!
I knew when I started reading “Daughter of Light” that I was in for adventure, but I didn’t realize how much of an adventure I was going to be getting! My heart went out Rowen and the pain she struggled with throughout her journey. At times it was very grievous and even when she does understand the meaning of the mark it was still far from glamorous.
Never was there a dull moment and halfway through I felt the full spiritual impact of many things mentioned in the book previously! There were many times I had to wipe tears from my eyes because of what Rowen was starting to understand!
The world-building was great and described excellently! It wasn’t overdone nor had too little details! I really enjoyed the majority of the side characters and am looking forward to hearing more of their story in book two!
“Daughter of Light” is definitely a novel I am more than grateful to have read because liked I said in the beginning, its powerful! Morgan has such a unique and God-given voice throughout this story that will not only engage and entertain, but leave you really reflecting on God’s light as well as His power! She truly shows that even in darkness there is always God’s light!
*(I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
Posted September 24, 2013
Warning: rambling commentary ahead. I’ve loved Fantasy ever since reading Lord of the rings in 6th grade. Eventually I ran out of fantasy by Christian authors and moved on to more secular works. While some of them are fantastic, pun intended, they’ve never resonated with me the way more allegorical stories do. A fantastic example of this is The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks which I liked. (It’s been called a Tolkien knock-off, but I’ve never seen a problem with that.) The Sword is a mirror that shows its bearer a reflection of their true selves. How the sword-bearer handles this knowledge illuminates the nature of characters and drives the plot forward, but it never goes any further than that. In Daughter of Light, Busse takes a similar device to the next level adding the depth and redemptive meaning that is often missing in more secular works. Stories like Daughter of Light are the reason I love the fantasy genre so much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2013
This fantasy tale is written in the vein of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and other allegorical fantasies. It was very enjoyable but the ending seemed abrupt – obviously a sequel is coming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2013
Posted May 10, 2013
This is a good read for someone who enjoys a good book that is wholesome and can be read by any member of the family. Has adventure with a touch of a love story. For those who also believe in a higher power who guide our life it give you that also. I really enjoyed this book and the following one that takes you further into the lives of those who you meet in first book. I hope that the story does finish up and there is a third book that completes the lives of those that are introduced in the books. I have really enjoyed the first two books so far and recommend them. I don't like to spoil a person adventure into a book by telling them what is going on so if you enjoy a story of someone discovery of themself and who they are and what they can do this book is one you will enjoy and how faith in who and what they believe can change things then these books may be enjoyable for you to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2013
Posted April 15, 2013
Rowen Mar has lost everything. Her family, her friends, her home. A mark appears on her hand and with it the power to see the darkness in the peoples she touches. They see it too, thus she is sent into exile with only one hope: a job as a varor to a young lady, thanks to the military service of her adoptive father.
I love the characters and could just feel what they were feeling, experiencing. I love that Rowen is strong character who know how to handle a sword, but it doesn't diminish her feminine side either. And having the story told from the perspective of a varor was interesting and refreshing. I also love Lore's loyalty and honor, and his respectfulness. I'm curious how Caleb and Nierne's stories will continue in the next book.
The story begins slow, and not in a bad way, but weaves in hints and questions that keeps you wanting to know more. There are multiple story threads that at first you don't know how they are going to tie together, but then you start piecing the puzzle together. It's a bigger story than just Rowen discovering who she is and the love interest, which, I am hoping for a good payoff in the next book. The introduction to the other point of views were a little jarring at first, because I couldn't tell how they were related to each other, but once they were introduced, it flowed well and kept me turning the pages. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
Posted June 23, 2012
I was captivated in the first pages of the prologue and Ms Busse held my attention through to the end. I have found few, if any, books that I could hardly put down. This was one of them. Ms Busse has been able to give her charactors personal traits that we can all relate to and the action through out the book keeps you turning the next page. I am looking forward to the next additon to this series. This is one new author to watch!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2012
Daughter of Light is the story of Rowen, a girl who was left on the doorstep of her adoptive home when she was a baby. When she reaches adulthood, right after her adoptive father's death, a strange thing happens. A white mark appears on her palm. With it comes power that frightens Rowen and ends in her banishment. She has nowhere to go, and takes her only option: a position as personal guard to a princess in the White City, where she is forced to use her powers and risk discovery when war is waged on her new home.
I will start with the positives:
Morgan has strong building blocks. Good plotting, pacing, world-building, and characterization are all there. The story is told from four points of view: Rowen, Captain Lore (Rowen's commanding officer), Nierne the scribe, and Caleb the assassin. They are interspersed at good intervals and lead the story's pacing well. Description is aplenty, giving a solid picture of every place and person. I felt a connection to the main characters, particularly Caleb. It's traditional fantasy, so there is a certain formality to the dialog, but it's not overdone and works quite well.
I felt the world-building was the best of the book's elements. The landscape and cities, political relationships, races of people...all very rich and complex. I noticed several hat-tips to Lord of the Rings. And I particularly loved the quirks of the Alarian race, such as the eye color that reflects the changes in the sea. Very cool :).
I love that this story is not focused on the budding romance between Rowen and Lore. It is there, and relevant to the well thought-out plot (yay!), but it doesn't overtake the real story!
I also loved that there is plenty of dark material in the book, all handled quite well. One particular scene stood out to me in which Rowen sees into the mind of a rapist--she gives the *perfect* amount of information, showing the atrocity without giving gory details. It wasn't sanitized at all, but it wasn't gratuitous either.
The faith elements are well-woven into the story, and again are relevant (yay!) rather than contrived. Overt, but not preachy. Well-balanced.
But now, the negatives...
Morgan obviously has skill, but it is spattered with an accumulation of "weasel" words and "filter" words that I found distracting and distanced me from the pov--something that should have been caught during the line-edit. (On that note, as I've found in all the MLP books I've read, there were quite a few typos.)
I also personally would have liked to see longer sentences, which would have given the prose more fluidity and eliminated some redundancy. Redundancy showed up in another form, but I hope Morgan sees the compliment in this statement: she states the obvious, "telling" the reader things when she has just done a perfectly good job of "showing" that very thing. Trust your skills, Morgan! If you show us, you don't need to tell us :).
In all honesty, readers who are not writers will likely not notice most, or possibly any, of the things I just pointed out as negatives. But they made my editor hand itch the whole way through.
Despite my nitpicking, I foresee reading the next book in the series. And I have no doubt Morgan will quickly build a fan base with this fantasy tale that is likely to capture readers who might otherwise not read the genre.
Posted April 26, 2012
I received this book as a gift. I have read a lot of Stephen Lawhead and enjoyed Daughter of Light equally. Morgan's writing is descriptive and keeps you interested from the very first page. Not a slow or difficult to get into book. Can't wait for the sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.