“Cloak of the Light” #1 in Wars of the Realms series by Chuck Black.
The Description of the book:
Drew is caught in a world of light – just inches away from the dark
What if…there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if…our world wasn’t beyond their influence?
Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.
As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?
With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?
Oh my goodness. Wow. I’m kinda screaming inside, right now. This book…! I feel like i don’t have adequate words to describe what I am feeling and thinking about this book.
First off, I received this as an Advanced reading copy from Blogging for Books to review. When I saw one of Chuck Black’s books on the BFB site, I was so very excited, because he’s one of my top favourite authors. Honestly, I didn’t fully read the description of “Cloak of the Light” before I requested a review copy. I was just so excited to see he had a new book out. And actually, it was one of his books that was my first review book from Blogging For Books. Hopefully this won’t be the last either. :)
After I requested the book for review, I took the time to read the description completely, and though it sounded intriguing, it also sounded different from what I usually read. It was like Science Fiction, which I rarely, if ever, read. This book goes so much deeper than ‘science fiction’ though. Everything about it is just so…complete. So amazing.
I have tried several times to explain this book and what it’s about to others, and every time I seem to fail because…it’s…augh…sdgfdfg..Wow! Amazing! I’m still so excited about it, even though I finished it.
“Cloak of the Light” talks about accelerating light, seeing into another dimension, but also so much more.
When I began reading this book, so much happened just in the beginning of it. I said to myself, “Man, this guy just can’t get a break!” It seems like the main character, Drew Carter, is cursed. but oh, again I say, “it’s so much more than that!”
Mr. Black does an exceptional job of creating his characters so real, relatable and just astounding. I know it is all to the glory of God, and that makes it all the better. Each one of Mr. Black’s characters has such depth to them; in every book of his (that I have read, at least!).
But unlike his, “Knights of Arrethtrae” series, “Cloak of the Light” is not in a fantasy-kingdom-world. It is in “real-life”, aka modern times. I found that aspect interesting as well, especially since I just got reading the last book in The Knights of Arrethtrae series.
At first, I thought this book was nothing like his KOA books, but as I got going I saw little hints and glimmers of that style of writing, which I loved. It just made the story so good. Everything made the book so good. I am truly impressed.
Now, I know I am not really telling much *about* the book itself, but rather my thoughts on it, and I slightly apologise for that. But I fear that if I start trying to explain it, I’ll give away key parts, spoilers, etc. And I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. (And plus, my explanation might not make sense because of how excited I am about it.) :)
This book had my heart pumping – I got so caught up in all of it. It was so fast-moving and had me literally on the edge of my seat. I’d have to stop from time to time because I would realise I was all tensed up. And I say this as a good thing for the book. It is so well done!
Being a follower of Christ helps you understand the plot of this book a lot, of course, but I can see this book being super good and influential to a non-believer as well. It’s not overly ‘preachy’ but it’s still founded in Him. It’s just an enjoyable read all the way around. It’s action, it’s truth, it’s impacting. And…*whispers quietly* it’s kind of a cliff-hanger. That part hit me, and I kinda did a little quiet-scream episode. Because I need to know what happens next, and I don’t know when to expect the next book in the series since this book isn’t even due to be published officially until March 2014. *sigh* I’m just trying to get back into my own world and survive. ;)
I love the characters;
And sometimes I got frustrated with Drew.
Ben’s friendship is true, and very cool.
Sydney – well, she’s pretty great. At first I was thinking “Augh, she’s too much of a perfect-Christian” but that is SO off-base. She is not that kind of Christian where you dislike her. No, you admire her, and you get to know her. Plus she had some good schooling *cough, cough*.
All in all, I was thoroughly impressed with this book, and can hardly wait for the next book to come out. Chuck Black is so spot-on with the spiritual aspect of it all, I am continually amazed by his books, and inspired by his desire to write for God.
I highly recommend this book, though just to warn you that you’ll want to read the next in the series soon after, even if you’re not able to. But don’t let that stop you! Such a good book!! Though I do realise that everyone has different tastes. :) See for yourself if you like this book…! :) I give it 5 plus stars. Recommended ages: 14 and up.