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Ciarrah's Light (Sun Child Chronicles 3) by Lou Hoffmann at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Psychic Powers / High Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shapeshifters / Wizards & Witches / Young Adult / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 10-January-2019

Book Blurb

Luccan, future Suth Chiell of the Ethran Sunlands, also known as Lucky, has just completed a harrowing quest, but his adventures and hardships are only beginning. There’s little time to rest before his mother’s ghostly specter attacks, drowning Lucky in horrible nightmares that drain his life and nearly kill him. Only through the power of his enchanted obsidian blade, Ciarrah, can Lucky claw his way out of the shadowy visions and back to daylight. But further horrors await him when he wakes up, and his country needs him—their Sun Child—more than ever.


Unstoppable wraiths—products of an advanced but dying alien world called Terrathia—are attacking, and swords and arrows cannot stop them. Fortunately Ciarrah’s magical light can, and with his dragon-kin uncle Han, his winged horse, a horde of shifters from Earth, and the wizard Thurlock at his back, Lucky faces the enemy, determined to put an end to his mother’s destructive evil once and for all. But will stopping her end the horrors facing his world?


Book Review

In book three of this series, Lucky, of ‘Ciarrah’s Light’ by Lou Hoffman, continues his education to complete what he needs to become the Sun Child whom Thurlock sees in his future, but is frustrated in his role of student. He wants to play a bigger role in what is happening. Lucky is aware that he has a lot more to learn, but resents Han and  Thurlock’s attempts to shelter him. They tell him about his importance, yet control his every move. Lucky wonders how he is going to fully understand what he needs to without more practical experience. So far, even after all Lucky’s been through, he feels like he’s still being treated like a child.

The people have not blindly accepted that Lucky is the Sun Child, even though they have seen the mark on his arm, clearly indicating his identity. They resent him for
barging into their world, and, apparently, wanting to take over. They don’t realize how much they need Lucky as Sun Child, or what it will mean to their future. When the
opportunity presents itself, a mob, protesting Lucky’s claim, take their anger out on him. Lucky is severely injured, but that’s not the worst of it. He won’t wake up.

During the time Lucky spends in the shadows he has nightmares, conjured up by his mother. No one can penetrate her evil magic. Everyone who possesses magic, become deathly ill when they are near Lucky. Everyone feels helpless. With the help of Ciarra, the key, and sheer determination, Lucky finally wakes up. He is weak, disoriented and frightened, but determined to figure out what all means and how to fix it. Although he is able to resist his mother’s offer in his dream, Lucky is certain that, one day, he will have to deal with her directly.

This epic series, continues to challenge my senses with all its intricate layers, carefully blended together. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of imagination. Although the tale encompasses Lucky’s rite of passage, it also touches on issues still dealt with today, such as greed, misuse of power, and so much more, much too involved to include in this review. Thank you, Lou, for this awesome addition to Lucky’s journey. I look forward to what comes next.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 340 pages/123843 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-October-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
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