Promising Light

Promising Light

by Emily Ann Ward

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Grace began a secret courtship with Dar for the thrill of doing something against her father, the king's general. She hadn't planned on falling in love with him. When Dar suddenly leaves her, she searches for answers, reluctant to let him go.

Everyone seems determined to keep the truth from her--until she's kidnapped by Dar's family. They're shape changers who claim she can break a curse set on them ten years ago by the Protectors, a group of noblemen determined to stifle magic in the name of safety.

Torn between two worlds, Grace isn't sure who to trust. If the curse endures, Dar's family could die out forever. But to help them, she'll have to leave behind everything she knows.

Book One of The Protectors Series. Set two years after The Protectors prequels.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013663510
Publisher: Emily Ward
Publication date: 01/16/2012
Series: The Protectors
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Emily Ward is the author of Finding Fiona, The Protectors series, and Le Garde series. One of her first stories featured a young girl whose doll came to life. The rest is history. When it comes to fiction, she writes mainly young adult, contemporary, and fantasy. She also writes nonfiction, ranging from stories of her travels to thoughts on God and the Bible. Aside from writing, she’s also a content editor for Entranced Publishing. Currently, she lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband Chris and their crazy cats. Visit her website at

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Promising Light 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grace, a lady of the court has been secretly courting Dar for six months. After Dar abruptly ends their courtship, Prince William takes an interest in Grace and begins courting her. Although Grace realizes that something is off, she doesn't uncover their secrets until she is kidnapped by Dar's family. Ten years ago a curse was placed against the magical race of shape changers, and they are unable to have children. However, based upon a prophecy, they believe that Grace will be able to break the curse. Unsure, Grace is torn between the world she knows and helping Dar's family.Overall I thought that the book was well written. The characters were engaging and realistic. I did think that the theme of "chase, capture, escape" happened way too many times. I stopped counting when I got to five. Towards the end of the book characters were added and I felt that they weren't as flushed out as ones introduced at the beginning of the story. However, despite these problems, the book was interesting and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I am interested to read future books by the author and see how she progresses with her storytelling.
chickey1981 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won this book from a member librarything giveaway in exchange for an honest review.Promising light is mostly a love story between a noblewoman who has lived in wealth her entire life and the mysterious man she falls in love with. She soon learns that he is keeping secrets from her, secrets that will put her life in danger.The strengths of this book include the world-building of the shape shifters. I enjoyed getting to know Grace as she reveals that she is stronger than anyone thinks. I thought her powerful decision in the end was probably the biggest redeeming factor of the book.My problem with this book is how it drags on and on. The beginning was promising and the end almost brings it back. But we are traveling with Dar and his family for so long, and countless captures and rescues between his family and the Protectors. It began to get very repetitive. I also had a problem with the epilogue. Epilogues always give the sense that everything is going to get wrapped up and that this is slightly in the future. Instead, this is the last chapter in likely a trilogy? Lastly, I never really connected with any of the characters. The most interesting one was Sienna because of how we meet her as the wild child and her tense relationship with Dar's family. All of the rest of the characters seemed very flat, including Grace's father, the Prince and all of the protectors. I don't believe in evil two dimensional characters. I think that everyone has a story to tell.
jonesk43 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ward's characters breathe. A gifted writer with an awesme sense of atmosphere, place, time, and social class this book is perseptive and compelling. The characters are solid. As you enter the world woven by Ward of shapeshifters, forbidden love, and relationships you will want to keep reading until you are done. Hopefully another book is in the works. I would recommend this book to all fantasy readers as well as those who enjoy a beautifully written novel with well developed characters.
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pamkaye More than 1 year ago
I received Promising Light through the Librarything Member Giveaway Program, in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were well formed, interesting, and likable. The storyline kept me intrigued. The writing style was decent, although my copy had many errors. (such as, "Dar grabbed his face in her hands and then kissed her." Just took me out of the story for a second while my mind had to reverse the pronouns) The love story between Dar and Grace is sweet. I found myself rooting for them all the way through. There was plenty of adventure and magic. For me magic is always a plus. I thought that all the characters had personality, and had me hoping that things worked out for all of them. I can not wait to read book two in this series. I need to know where Grace, Dar, Sierra, Evan and even William go from here.
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