Series: Night's Edge #1
Published by DAW on MAR 5, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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The village of Marrowdell is an isolated pioneer community, but it is also the place where two worlds overlap, and at the turn of light--sunset--the world of magic known as the Verge can briefly be seen.
Jenn Nalynn belongs to both Verge and Marrowdell, but even she doesn't know how special she is--or that her invisible friend Wisp is actually a dragon sent to guard her... and keep her from leaving the valley. But Jenn longs to see the world, and thinking that a husband will help her reach this goal, she decides to create one using spells. Of course, everything goes awry, and suddenly her "invisible friend" has been transformed into a man. But he is not the only newcomer to Marrowdell, and far from the most dangerous of those who are suddenly finding their way to the valley...
A Turn of Light was quite the treat. Weighing in at over 800 pages you have to know you are in for a very well developed story and characters. The past few years I have been shying away from quite a number of books over 600 pages because I think I’ve become a bit of an impatient reader. So I mean this in the best way when I say that this book tested my patience.
The reading experience was a bit like a piece of chocolate, slow melting and delicious but I did find myself wanting a bit of a crunch. Now what do I mean by that? There is an extremely slow and even pace to the entirety of A Turn of Light. I was 300 pages in and then I was 600 pages in and I still felt as if the same even pacing continued throughout. That is why I found myself thinking of my favorite chocolates that can only be best savored by sucking on them instead of chewing them. BUT I seriously wanted some more ooomph…like throw in some chili pepper or spice to kick things up another notch because I’m nothing if not an action girl. This was village life in a marvelous fantasy world, all of the people’s lives here are touched in someway by this magic that they’ve come to see as commonplace and they don’t even acknowledge it as magic though they know these sorts of odd things don’t happen outside of their village. We get a slow reveal on all of the quirks about this little village and each new bit I learned made me fall in love with it more and more. So ultimately you should know going in that there is not a lot of action. This reads with a slow pace all the better to really immerse yourself in the world building, the village and each of the characters.
I know I know, but you don’t know I know?
The method of storytelling used is the type where the reader knows pretty much everything that is going on while at least one character is completely oblivious. This is accomplished by the 3 character perspectives the story is told from. I really loved Jenn and Bannan’s perspective and Wyll’s was interesting, but because I found him to be so stubborn and he had that infuriating attitude of ‘I know whats good for you and you just need to abide what I say” it made reading his sections aggravating for me. Not because it wasn’t just as well written but only because I always have a hard time with that type of domineering character. Ultimately, I felt like I knew what was going to happen the entire book and I can honestly say I wasn’t wrong by the end. This didn’t bother me because after all this isn’t a mystery novel, its a fantasy. Most of the fun for me is learning about the world. Yes, there was some things I didn’t see coming here and there but as far as each character and their individual story arcs I saw them all coming. I must say though that I really adored all of the characters, because it was such a long book I was able to get to know each one of them well enough that I was interested in them all and wasn’t bored despite some of the aspects that felt predictable.
Eeenie, meenie, miney, moe…
I pick you! Or do I? I just don’t know what I want! That was Jenn. Can you handle it? So prepare yourself my dears for the young and unsure heart when it comes to matters of love. Torn between duty & friendship and growing love and attraction – Jenn really doesn’t know what to do and we spend the bulk of the novel watching her figure it out. I didn’t realize this when I originally picked up the book but Jenn is 18 just a few days away from 19, but like most fantasies that is the age where you should be thinking about settling down with a spouse. So you can expect that she has that sort of personality that is young and naive, and lets not forget rebellious!
One of my favorite parts about fantasy is the magnificent creatures that we could encounter. Of course it was absolutely my favorite part about A Turn of Light. From guardian toads to messenger moths and a horse that isn’t – I was taken in by each and every creature. Especially the toads!! I want one!
This is one fantasy I’m glad I didn’t pass up!