I was on an Urban Fantasy kick when I one-clicked The Light Who Shines. I went into it thinking it would be standard UF. I was wrong. It did have vampires, a detective type heroine, a wolf and divine beings, but the world building was quite different to the usual. And that prologue!! Amazing.
When Paranormal Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime it’s obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, she uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.
Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows, and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn’t enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high and hate crimes are increasing. However, it’s her growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.
While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?
Danger lurks in every corner and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.
Bluebell. What an awesome name. Blue, for short. It’s a shame that having twins put me off having any more kids for life because I could definitely see myself with a daughter named Blue! My husband, well…probably not so much though. Anyway, Blue was about as strong a heroine as they come. Her early life wasn’t at all easy but she managed to rise above and become an amazing young woman. I won’t give anything away, but the ending of this story was brutal, and the way she endured and made her choices was admirable.
In this world gifted (Magical) beings had a lot of hate and prejudice directed their way. The writer incorporated this theme into the story-line extremely well. We have all seen it, the way hate groups seem to loathe the world and everyone in it, including themselves. In this particular story instead of directed at a certain race, religion, or sexual preference it was directed at the gifted. I enjoyed this a lot because it felt like a realistic view of how this type of world would be. Not all daisies and unicorns.
“The kids who are taught to hate early rarely have enough strength to break away from a culture of hatred.”
I found the writing to be quite formal in this story. I’m not sure if it’s because it WAS quite formal or if I’m just used to reading a more casual type of UF story. For a lot of readers it will hardly be noticeable I’m sure, but it’s just something to be mindful of going into it.
I’m keen to see where Bluebells story goes next and I’m sure there’s a lot more story to be told. I’m also eager to learn more about this Illustrissima business and find out what the hell is going on with Varg the wolf! And give me more of Jack the vampire, Reow! C’mon Bluebell, get it girl! Don’t listen to his arguments! All in all, The Light Who Shines was an engaging and gripping read.
“I walk the path of light. I will not divert. You walk the path of darkness, so you will not understand.”