I read this book in October of 2016 for a book tour through Xpresso Book Tours. The blog it toured on no longer exists but this amazing book is still worth sharing!
Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.
These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.
Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident, she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic . . . as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?
This book was something completely new for me. When I first started it, I thought I was reading a straight-up fantasy novel, with the intense world-building and the characters. It all seemed very fantasy-ish to me (like something out of Game of Thrones or a similar world). But then you add in cars and cell phones and it turns into this dystopian world, but still keeping many of the fantasy aspects. It’s a combination I haven’t seen before and, though I wasn’t sure it would work in the beginning, I very quickly got sucked down Linski’s rabbit hole and found myself lost in the world of Crescentia, not wanting it to end. At the same time, though, I was flying through the pages, eager to see how it eventually would end, and how it leads into the next book. The ending, I will admit, wasn’t what I was hoping would happen with the main characters but it should make for a very exciting book 2.
A lot of what I loved about this book was the characters. At first, I wasn’t fond of Dylan. She was whiny. Very whiny. Not my kind of character. But she grew out of that (thankfully!) and I loved watching the bonds form between students and masters.
I originally gave this book 4 out of 5 stars when I reviewed it on Goodreads but have since changed that. It was mostly because I was still upset with the ending (and why I now wait a day or two to review). What can I say . . . I’m an emotional reader!
Ginger Mom: This first question is going to be a silly one but, why twins?
Megan: I used to be obsessed with twins. When I started writing Rhodi’s Light, I really wanted to have twins as my own children, through birth or adoption. I’m a big fan of adoption, which is a huge theme of the series.
Ginger Mom: Do you have a particular place you like to write? Somewhere that makes the inspiration “flow”? Also, computer or pen and paper?
Megan: I love writing outside and in nature. Anywhere outdoors is my favorite writing place, particularly if it’s in a forest. However, I do my best writing when I’m trapped in unusual places. My best work has come from places like dingy, bleak offices, the back of classrooms or dingy bedrooms, even Burger King! I find being in these particularly normal surroundings pushes me to find the magic, even in the most mundane. I also find I write well when I’m in some sort of emotional chaos. That pushes me to find an escape and create good from wretched situations.
Computer. Pen and paper makes my hand hurt way too much. Though typing isn’t much better . . . I have to wrap my wrists and hands now with athletic tape when I write and ice my fingers at night. My old high school teacher once told me I write too much. She was right.
That was just a teaser interview. Megan has graciously agreed to do a new interview in September when we talk about her new book Torrent (releases September 12th so don’t forget to stop back for lots of book birthday fun!).