1/09/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Gollancz. 402 page enlarged paperback. Price: GBP12.99 (UK only). ISBN: 978-0-575-09695-0.
check out website: www.orionbooks.co.uk and www.jainefenn.com
We’re back in the Sidhe and angel (not in the biblical sense cos they are dangerous assassins with arm blades and capable of flying) reality in Jaine Fenn’s ‘Bringer Of Light’ and Taro, Jarek and Nual are after a transmitter beacon to introduce humans to Serenein, a planet where the female Sidhe are hidden. Being a bit short of funds, they visit Khesh City and whose First Minister sets his conditions for helping, including taking Vy, a teenage avatar, who carries the co-ordinates to get the beacon working. Of course, their troubles only begin when they get to Serenein when Taro and Vy are kidnapped and Nual goes missing.
In an odd way, I think I’ve described the entire plot without giving too many spoilers. The novel is readable but I’ve come away from ‘Bringer Of Light’ with nothing memorable to report about Jaine Fenn’s novel. Unlike the other Sidhe books where Nual was on a complex world, we don’t really see much of Serenein as most of the events happen off-planet. We’re told about it but nothing is truly first hand.
The day-to-day detail is such that you’re told everything rather than specific events and you’re carried along but events aren’t plentiful and certain emotional resonances aren’t allowed to happen to the characters so don’t come across to the reader. Considering what Fenn has done previously, I think I would expect more. It’s obvious that she saw the ending more than the way to get there. When you have powerful characters like the Sidhe and, especially, the angels, you need something there to show their vulnerability or their effectiveness. Bringing them down to human levels doesn’t use them so effectively. When their potential is shown, it indicates how much is missed.
In many respects, I suspect this novel is the build-up for what is likely to happen in the next book. This isn’t to say this isn’t an interesting read, just wishing there had been more. Hopefully, Fenn will expand on what is happening from here.
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