At the Sharp End of Lightning

At the Sharp End of Lightning

by NR Bates


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AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING: The intertwined worlds of Oceanlight and Earth are no longer hidden from view of each other. In one realm, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her family and she encounters a deadly blue haze at sea. Escaping the poison makes her realize that her world, Oceanlight, is experiencing sudden and catastrophic environmental change. Meanwhile, in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth with haemophilia, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit who intentionally shoves him off a cliff. If Yalara and Einion don't uncover the connections between their worlds and near-deaths, it will have dire consequences for the worlds they live in. Book one of the OCEANLIGHT series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993190520
Publisher: NR Bates Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2015
Pages: 446
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

NR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the tropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors. He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and twenty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences.

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At the Sharp End of Lightning (Oceanlight, #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Catherine_Carrington More than 1 year ago
At the Sharp End of Lightning is a very intriguing read. This book is a fiction fantasy adventure. It is also a bit on the sci-fi side in my opinion. The book centers around Einion and Yalara. Yalara is a sea sprite from the realm of Oceanlight. Eionion is from Earth. These two world always intertwined but invisible to one another are no longer invisible. This story is weaved together so wonderfully. From the first page, I was intrigued. I will say I do tend to read young adult fantasy, but this one was different in a good way. Young Adult fantasy seems to include a lot of dark books but this one is not. Bates has created a book with such original ideas and also very well written. The elements of the book are great through parallel universes. Also the characters are very well developed and the plot is wonderful. One thing about the book is that one can tell that the author knows a lot about the ocean. It is nice to read a book where you can tell the author has done research and not just made things up. Bates does study the ocean so it make sense that he would understand the ocean. This book is a win for me. Once I started reading it was difficult for me to put down. I cannot wait until book two in this series. I received this book from IRead Book Tours for an honest review.
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Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Coping with change is a fundamental theme throughout the story. This includes changes in ocean ecology and climate, their impact on life for all organisms and dangers inherent in such changes but it also includes changes in interpersonal relationships, especially within families, and the impact of coping with any changes in abilities and skills for individuals within them. The detailed research and knowledge which has obviously contributed to this fictional story shines through the whole story. Initially the story seemed disjointed as two stories unfold, seemingly unrelated to each other. I admit to finding that confusing to start with but it turns out to be important as links between the two are slowly and carefully revealed. The author skilfully portrays the multiple worlds, their characters and their explorations revealing the “thinness” through which the worlds are linked and through which characters can move to other worlds. The characters are complex, well developed, with definite personalities and easy to relate to and generally young adults. The author writes in an emotive manner, making it easy to relate to and empathise with them. The alternate worlds are superbly described, the author using words to paint pictures in the imagination of the reader, bringing them to life in their mind. The plot is somewhat complicated but worthwhile persevering with as more is revealed but there isn’t really a definitive ending - we’ll need to read the next book in the series to find out more! I was invited to read and review this novel by iRead Book Tours and was intrigued by the information regarding it. Now I usually enjoy fantasy and science fiction novels and studied Ecology as part of my first degree so I was definitely interested in taking a look and seeing how I got on - and I’m so glad I did! This is not a cosy, light read. The choice of language is exemplary and the subject matter serious but it is all woven together to create an intriguing, enthralling story.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
In At The Sharp End of Lightning, we meet two protagonists whose stories are, at first, seemingly unconnected, but who soon turn out to be connected in several ways, even if they’re not from the same world. Einion Alban is a Welsh boy who got shoved off a cliff by an unknown assailant and got rescued by a man and his dog. Einion grows up with a disease, and against the backdrop of a world dealing with climate change and a society that doesn’t seem to concern itself with what happens to Mother Nature, let alone our planet. He has a guardian sea sprite in a parallel universe, and forges a bond with the sprites through dreams. The other main character is Yalara, a sea sprite looking for her lover, who discovers her world is in danger. She also discovers her connection to Einion and why they’re connected. While mostly fiction, the book deals with several relatable themes: climate change, to find out the meaning of our existence. I enjoyed the explanation of the “thinness” between worlds, and how it is that Einion can cross it. The characters are original, and the author does an admirable job creating characters with interesting personalities, instead of stereotypes. The world-building was solid, and especially the sea sprite world, Oceanlight, was very vividly described. The book borders on the philosophical sometimes, which I didn’t mind at all. It didn’t slow down the narrative, and in fact,made the book more interesting. Fans of fantasy and magical realism should give this one a shot. I definitely enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the sequel. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Ivory0707 More than 1 year ago
Epic Fantasy Adventure The story is mainly told from the point of view of 3 characters but towards the end a fourth emerges. In Oceanlight, Yalara, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her lover over immense seas only to find catastrophe and realization that her world is in turmoil. Meanwhile in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth afflicted by hemophilia is nearly murdered by Fimafeng, a kaembian who is mix of sprite and daiman. Helia is a sylvan sprite outcast  because her tribe feared she might still be infectious because she is a carrier for a dormant infection. She now is acting as a guardian for Einion against a treacherous Fimafeng who can assume a human form and wants to use Einion to get to the daiman world. During all of this the parallel worlds are aligning, causing a climate change with toxic waste to be seen across the sprite and human worlds. The story starts a little slow but that is good because it  allows the reader a time period to learn the terminology and nuances. Bates goes in depth with the description of the ecological systems which are truly amazing. I was impressed with the complexity of the details. The ending definitely left me wondering what will happen next in the  second book. Overall, a good read for any young adult or older who likes fantasy mixed with science fiction and adventure.