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The Kingdom Lights

By

Steven VS

BLURB:

In a world where cities float, airships sail the skies and mythical creatures are summoned in a pinch, Celes Vale is distinctly average. Living in the shadow of his talented cousin and his powerful aunt and uncle, Celes is resigned to a future of soot, factories and well, more soot.

But on the night of his twelfth birthday everything changes. A blinding light, a whispered voice and in an instant Celes becomes the first ordinary child in history to develop magic, sending him on a fast-track ticket to the greatest of the floating cities, Gardarel. Boasting grand, elegant buildings wrought from shimmering white stone, the entire city appears as though it has been built from light, and so it has come to be called the Kingdom Lights.

Though some welcome Celes, others want the dirt-ridden up-start off their city preferably head first. Nowhere is this clearer than in the attitude and actions of the beautiful and haughty Lady Ban and her sneering nephew, Marcus Blackwood. But Blackwood, with his gang of goons and unimaginative one-liners, is soon the least of Celes s problems.
With a little magic and a lot of detective work, Celes and his group of Scurriers and Wisps unravel the dark truth behind Lady Ban s prim, perfect smile an alliance to the villainous Wardens and the masked man who leads them. However, in his attempt to expose Lady Ban, Celes unwittingly stumbles onto an even darker conspiracy a plan that could lead to the complete destruction of Gardarel itself.

excerpt

Light. Beautiful, pulsing, bathing him in its emerald glow…his eyes were peering open now, his mind fumbling for thoughts and memories, a taste like metal upon his tongue.

Are you hurt?” said a voice, faint, distant. “I didn’t want to hurt you, but I didn’t have a choice.”

Choice?” the boy croaked. He tried to reach up, but his hands had been bound, thick ropes cutting into soft flesh. I’m back in the Gravity Rooms, he realized, though the chamber itself had been transformed entirely. The emerald light now dripped with the crimson of hundreds of Flare Crystals, as though an angry swarm had surged forth against a far larger beast.

I know why you’re here, but I…you can’t stop this.” As his eyes began to focus, Celes saw the Warden standing before him, draped in a white cloak, his iron mask half-hidden beneath his hood. It was strange, so strange to find the spectre amongst shadows for once illuminated.

You can’t,” said Celes his lips cracked, his thoughts dizzy. What’s…my head, I can’t think… “You can’t destroy Gardarel. Please. I know you’re working for Lady Ban. You don’t…you don’t have to do this!”

The Warden took a knee before him. “I do,” came the whispered reply, soft and sad. “They made their choice; and I, mine.”

review2

Celes Vales lives an average life with his family or so he though. That all changes on his twelfth birthday when he finds out he has magic within him and is sent to a magical school in the floating city of Gardarel to learn how to use it properly. But several people don’t want him there and around including his cousin Sam who treats him miserably. When he and his new friends uncover a sinister plot to destroy Gardarel in the kingdom lights, can Celes stop the ones behind it before it’s too late
 
When i received this book i immediately though of Harry Potter it had the air the mystery and magic just like it then a few chapters in i got disappointed although this book is well written  but it really fell short of something that could have been great,
 
I was bothered by the fact that this type of story has been done so many times now the young person finding out they have magic going to a magical school being “bullied” and there being a bad Guy/Girl, But the only one that has really succeed is i am sorry to say is Harry Potter, 
 
The one thing that did interest me was the world the author had developed it had so much potential but even that had little there, and i really wanted to know more about the Flare Crystals and how does it work to produce and maintain stones that trap magic. also would have been interesting to no why there are specific types of magic associated with specific people?
 
I was really hoping towards the end of the book that the characters would have learned more and gained more depth. and what happened with all the characters well basically disappearing when there most needed   Arthur, Patrick and Saunders, And please don’t get me started on Celes family they were beyond!!!
 
I cant really say i had any favorite characters either.
 
Whilst this i understand is more of a teenagers book and therefore cant become to much of a heavy read, i would definitely rate this book at least one more star if there was more development with the characters and the city.
 
In closing its an ok read for younger generation and ones who like easy reads, but this book was not my cup of tea, i wish the author good luck and hopefully more depth in his characters in his future books
 
3 Out of 5 fangs
 
 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

A resident of the sleepy coastal town of Bexhill, East Sussex, England. Steven graduated in the summer of 2013 from the University of Southampton with a Bachelor of Medicine Degree and a Master’s Degree in Global Health from Sussex University – where he spent the majority of his time in Shawcross writing this novel!

In between writing and dreaming Steven is a medical doctor and has worked at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and the Princess Royal where he fights the system with quirky lanyards.

Steven’s debut novel steampunk fantasy The Kingdom Lights is out on October 17th published by Neverland Publishing.

http://stevenvs.co.uk/

http://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Lights-Steven-VS/dp/0990314847/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411649317&sr=8-1&keywords=kingdom+lights

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  1. I liked the blurb.

  2. Love the blurb! 🙂

  3. I always loved reading the blurb/excerpts of books and hearing about authors or discovering a new one. Thx for this opportunity!!!

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