The Lightbringer trilogy, by K. D. McEntire, follows Wendy, a young woman who discovers that she has the power to send the dead into the Light, and Piotr, a dead man with a long history obscured by suspicious memory loss. Together they are drawn into the life-and-death politics of the Lightbringers, Walkers, and lost souls that inhabit the Never, and these adventures lead them to the larger mystery of the nature of the Light itself and the origins of ancient souls such as Piotr. As the de facto head of the household, Wendy must juggle the needs of her younger siblings while also combating her own blind naivety and ignorance.
McEntire’s invisible realm of the Never provides the reader with unique mysteries that Wendy can only solve by learning to “ask the right questions.” The answer at the end of the series – where every thing came from, how, and why – ties into real life mythology in such a mind-bending fashion that it is as if someone has said that Middle Earth is located in Narnia.
Never, the last in the Lightbringer trilogy by K. D. McEntire, came out May 14, 2013 from Pyr. But, first, if you haven’t already read the first book, pick up a copy of Lightbringer, because you don’t want to try to read these books out of order.
Boy, was I happy to see Never on my desk! The end of Reaper was a total tease and I couldn’t imagine that this series could wrap up in only three books. Never proves me wrong with glorious flair.
Although I’m sad to see the last of McEntire’s compelling characters, the suspense of a fourth book might have killed me. Now I finally understand who Piotr is and how the Never was created. K. D. McEntire draws from mythology that I’m barely familiar with, and yet it makes a foreign kind of sense, and I enjoyed the break from my usual fair. No complaints here, and no spoilers! I was not expecting this ending in the least.
The Lightbringer trilogy ends with the kind of reveal that makes you want to start the series over just to see the minor mysteries in a new light. Rereading this three book series is entirely possible, if you own them, so hop on over to K. D. McEntire’s website to purchase the trilogy and learn more about her other works: http://www.kdmcentire.com/index.php ________________________________________________________
Michelle Ristuccia enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, http://wakingdreamsblog.blogspot.com , or twitter stalk her at http://twitter.com/ mrsmica