Book review -Shadow in the Empire of Light – Jane Routley

Thank you, Netgalley, for letting me read this book.

OK, the first page was a little…ho hum. But I persisted, and I’m really glad I did. It’s a great romp of a fantasy – Routley has obviously had a lot of fun writing this. She has also created a complex world that hangs together really well – a world of mages with magical power, a world with a low fertility rate where family power depends on having children who will become mages, a world where female mages are stronger than males. That adds up to some very interesting power dynamics, enthusiastic sex and a believable heroine navigating the different power streams in her life. And cats. Psychic cats. Oh, it’s fab.

As soon as I finished this one I went to look for other things written by her. I’m really hopeful there will be a sequel. There are a few strings left..

About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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