Publisher: NR Bates (January 30, 2015)
Category: Epic Fantasy, Magic Realism, Literary Fiction, Celtic Mythology, History
Tour Date: May/June, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 239 Pages
AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING is the tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds.
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.
When I was contacted by Teddy to join this tour it had been a while since I had done any reviews for anyone other than myself. Having gone back to work outside the house has really put a damper on my reading life, knowing that I had a few weeks off to sit down with a couple of books that where a little out of the norm of what I would choose for myself to read I thought why not.
I'm glad that I did, this story is well thought out, with plenty of description, which for me at time was a little too much, I wanted to move on with the story and not get caught up in all the little details ( I have a pretty awesome imagination ) This story can both be interpreted as light and dark depending on your mood. I was very impressed with the thought and planning that had to have gone into this book because for the most part I found it flawless, in both the flow of the story and the dialogue between the characters. The author did a great job enfolding these parallel worlds, this is a great beginning to what I am sure is going to be an excellent series.
I gave this book a 4 out 5 star rating
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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,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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