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Friday, October 12, 2012

Ransom by Emily Guido

Second Novel in the “Light-Bearer” Series
This is a review of the last two books in the series – Seditious, Ransom.
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Rating:  4 stars

Morning sickness – what a great way to start the first chapter.  Our couple, Charmeine and Tabbruis, is very happy.  All the people from the first three books have reappeared here as well.  Just like the first novel I reviewed, Emily gives titles to each of her chapters. 

Charmeine is the Queen of Light and Tabbruis is the King of Darkness.  Even though Charmeine is the Queen of Light, Emily lets her let loose with swearing.  If a light-bearer can do it, then I won’t feel bad when I need to use some colorful language.

Whether you believe in the bible or not this book has used a couple of people that can be found there.  I was brought up in the Baptist faith and know who Bathsheba is.  I find it very interesting that Emily has made her a blood hunter but it fits.  At one point in Emily’s book, she appears in another part of history and going by a different name – again the perfect choice.

Emily also shows us that true love can also come with a few bumps in the road.  It’s how we handle that bump that’s important.  Emily also shows her readers that even Kings can still be a royal (sorry for the pun) pain in the ass just like anyone else.

One of the characters is named Athena.  She is such a sweetheart and is wise beyond her years.  For me, she seems to steal every scene she is in.  When it comes to fighting evil Emily shows us that no matter how young we all must join the fight – it takes everyone to overcome evil.  My favorite sentence was said by Sandra “There is strength in numbers and conviction…” 

This is why good characters work so well together and why evil characters never will.  Charmeine and her family feel that love and family are what is important – we sometimes forget about that because other things seem to get in the way.

Emily also continues with the Billy Joel music.  I did not mention it in my first review, so if you get a chance you could listen to “She’s Got a Way” ( while you read this installment of Emily’s Light-Bearer’s Series.  Also toward the end of the story, just as in the last book, we switch to classical music.  The difference being, instead of Chopin we get Beethoven.

I’ve found out that come early next year, Emily is giving us another Light-bearer book.  This one will be titled Conundrom.  I find that interesting since the definition of conundrum is “A question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle”.  And if you know Charmeine, she tells some pretty bad light bearer - blood hunter jokes.  It will be interesting to see if this is the case.  I look forward to reading Conundrom and finding out for myself if this is true or not.  " The Light-Bearer Series" Novelist, Emily Guido

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