Book Review: Child of Light by Terry Brooks


Title: Child of Light

By: Terry Brooks

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 384

Release Date: October 12th, 2021

Publisher: Del Rey

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

At nineteen, Auris Afton Grieg has led an . . . unusual life. Since the age of fifteen, she has been trapped in a sinister prison. Why? She does not know. She has no memories of her past beyond the vaguest of impressions. All she knows is that she is about to age out of the children’s prison, and rumors say that the adult version is far, far worse. So she and some friends stage a desperate escape into the surrounding wastelands. And it is here that Auris’s journey of discovery begins, for she is rescued by a handsome yet alien stranger. Harrow claims to be Fae—a member of a magical race that Auris had thought to be no more than legend. Odder still, he seems to think that she is one as well, although the two look nothing alike. But strangest of all, when he brings her to his wondrous homeland, she begins to suspect that he is right. Yet how could a woman who looks entirely human be a magical being herself?

Told with a fresh, energetic voice, this fantasy puzzle box is perfect for fans of Terry Brooks and new readers alike, as one young woman slowly unlocks truths about herself and her world—and, in doing so, begins to heal both. 


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I have always been a huge fan of Terry Brooks. His Shannarah Cornicles has been a staple in my home for years, but this book has fallen off the band wagon. Where did Brooks go wrong?

The beginning started off with a bang. A group of children held captive in a strange camp, their guards are strange creatures that are prone to violence. They attempt to escape and only one survives, Auris. That's pretty much where this story goes completely wrong. 

Every character Auris runs into is vague and boring. She seems to trust them all whole heartedly, even after growing up in deplorable conditions. It makes no sense. And lets not forget at the end of the story, Auris trust the same character over and over again, even though this character keeps lying to her. 

The interactions between characters and the plot progress are contrived and don't even get me started on the way the whole book was written. I was told a story, instead of shown a wonderful land. I don't even know what my surroundings look like. 

This book really fell on its face. I wouldn't recommend. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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