This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. (Don’t come crying to me when I’m done, Clemy!!)
I don’t remember how I found Clemy’s author page on Facebook. No idea what so ever, but I did. So when she started to post little snippets from her newly edited book; Purest Light, I was hooked. I knew I had to read it.
For you who don’t know about Purest Light, here’s the blurb:
Imagine if the balance between Light and Darkness was influenced by a single eclipse that continuously returned? How could the cycle be broken, if each time it occurred, the contrasting war between the two elements would once again rage?
When Bayu recognises himself as the Lu-Sy, a human chosen to receive the powers of the Goddess Eblas, there’s only one thing he knows for certain- he must save his people from an eternity of Darkness.
As his life is thrown into chaos, Bayu finds himself fighting for not only his people, but also those who choose to fight alongside him. His sister Nima who means everything to him, stays by his side, though will he be able to protect her?
Light and Darkness will clash.
It will begin once more…. War!
Are you intrigued yet? I know I was. Want to know a secret? (Looks around) Come closer. (Whispers) It’s even better than you think! Trust me – don’t let it fool you she started writing this when she was about 13. To put it simple; it’s brilliant. Want to know why? Ok, here goes; (only a few pointers though – don’t want to spoil the surprises for you!)
The plot; yeah, you’ve probably heard this before, but it still stand true. Purest Light is a (classic) tale about Darkness and Light (good/evil), but it is also SO much more. And the way Clemy delivers this – amazing. She threw in things I never would’ve thought of doing, and I was floored by some of the twists. I love when an author can surprise me – all the way to the end!
Once there was no Darkness. Eblas had created the Earth and everywhere there was Light, Goodness and Happiness. But it didn’t last. Greed, Hate and Anger started to infest the human kind – they let the Darkness take hold of their minds and hearts, and spread it everywhere they could. Eblas saw this and was sad. In the end, she retreated back from Earth and only left her daughter to watch over it.
There is a cycle to the fight between Darkness and Light, and once upon a time a human was chosen to be The Lu-Sy, the fighter of good, the bringer of balance. If the Lu-Sy failed, the duty was passed down in the family. (You can see where I’m going, right?) Bayu and Nima are the last of the Lu-Sy, the last hope to bring Darkness down and peace back to Earth.
The pace. Yes, for some it will be a slow start, but to me it was a good thing. We got to know all of our characters – well, most of them, before they were thrown into mayhem. The slower start made me lean back and enjoy the fact I could dig deeper into the story BEHIND the book and the characters.
The characters. Oy! I don’t even know where to start! Well developed, is a word that keeps popping into my mind. Interesting, flawed, they’re strong in different ways. They all grown during the book, and I loved I could follow them so closely. Bayu is very protective, but also conflicted. Due to some previous events (which I won’t tell you about – spoilers!), Bayu has almost no memories from his childhood, he barely remember his father. But there’s nothing natural by the way his memories got locked away – and he needs to find the key quickly.
Nima (Bayu’s sister). I like her – a lot. She’s not only standing on the sideline, but throws herself into the battle, fighting not only for herself, but for her brother and their new friends. And she has her own destiny as well. Bayu is not the only one with special abilities…not anymore. She seems frail when you first look at her, but don’t let her girly appearance fool you. She’s feisty and will fight hard for the ones she cares about.
Kira… Kira is a part of the Seraphim and is concerned about the power play there is coming between her mother and her aunt. A power play that will lead to the destruction of not only the Lu-Sy, but Earth as we know it. The relationship between Kira, her mother (Sayda) and her aunt (Fayt), is… complicated. To put it simple. One wish to help, one wish to destroy the world, will turn treason to get what she wants and another is more than weary of the world and tries to salvage what she can. But which is which? I won’t tell you, and you can’t make me! (Sticks tongue out)
Clemy’s writing style. Yes, she was 13 when starting to write – can you tell? Sometimes. Mostly – no. She has a flow to her words I envy, easy to read, and she turns things around just when you thought you had it figured out. Nothing is black and white to her. Her descriptions are a delight without going so much into details that you lose your way around.
All in all –and trust me, I’m just scratching the surface here – this is a book you DON’T want to miss out on! I loved it, I couldn’t even concentrate enough on my school – I had to finish Purest Light first!
When I told Clemy I was done reading; she asked me what my favorite part was. I still don’t know. I can’t pick just one. There’s too much to choose from! A Must Read – put it on your TBR list, Goodreads – or whatever you use. Just make sure you don’t miss out on this adventure!
Here in the end, let me share her dedication with you. Beautiful!
Thank you for all the help that everyone has given,
Without you all it would have been just a dream.
My friends and my family are the best I could ask for,
Angels in the way I have seen.
Of course there are some, who deserve a little more,
A special mention and this is what for-
To my brothers in all their glory,
Their wisdom, care and support like an untold story;
You all join together like a pair of angelic wings,
Making me shine like a diamond ring.
My dad and Karen the best they are,
They’ve never given up all this far,
Believing in me when others don’t,
Even being persistent when I won’t…
True heroes and warriors of my Light,
Take up your arms and leap to flight
For a battle is to be fought,
Between Darkness and Light
Like an eternal thought
About the Author:
Clemy Warner-Thompson was born in Telford, U.K. in 1991 where she still lives, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.
Books and writing was an interest that she began to develop from the first years of secondary school and on her thirteenth birthday, she began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, she successfully completed her novel, containing over 82,000 words, and self-published it in the first week of 2011.
The achievement of completing the first novel ‘Purest Light,’ allowed the ideas of the second, ‘Darkest Regrets,’ to flow much easier and the novel was completed in 2012. ‘New Beginnings,’ the third and final book of the series was then released in late 2012.
New works are to come!!