Today I have the pleasure of taking part in the blog tour for Legacy of Light by C. D. Tavenor. Weighing in at just 132 pages, this little baby packs an action packed punch, so don’t let it’s size deceive you. Filled with high stakes drama, unique and interesting peoples, and a load of action, if you’re looking for a gentle entry into a new and exciting fantasy world this might just be the one for you.
Title: Legacy of Light
Author: C. D. Tavenor
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Themes: Family, War, Survival, Slavery, Oppression
If only they knew us as more than accursed.
The Holy Empire hates the People of Light. Maripes, arriving in its capital, seeks to save his people from certain destruction. The Inquisition seeks theocratic justice, and it will stop at nothing to rid the world of those it considers evil.
Still, Maripes must try. For if he fails, doom will certainly befall his people. Standing in his way? The High Inquisitor, the Empress, and a million subjects all indoctrinated to believe he is evil incarnate.
Should be an easy task.
Otherwise, his son Mono, a soldier in the legions of their people, will face the fight of his life . . .
I’ll be upfront in stating that when I dove into this read I was expecting a punchy little novella that set the foundations for an exciting new fantasy world. And while Tavenor certainly delivered in that regard, I was surprised that this was laid out as three complementary episodes – one for each of our heroes – that cover a heck of a lot of ground when it comes to world building. And the best part? Heroics seem to run in the family! We have a grandfather who tries to negotiate a peace against all odds, a father who leads his people in an epic last stand against an invading force and saves his people, and a daughter who sacrifices herself in order to find the path of Light. The only question is where will this path take Ermo, and will she be able to lead her people home to redemption?
The three generation format works incredibly well, as when it comes to laying the foundations for a new world it offers plenty of entry points that can be expanded on in the future. Through Maripes we’re introduced to the magics of sunsteel and moonstone and the ancient peoples, that came before with the power to forge them, the deep seated feud between the Holy Empire and the People of Light, and an equally generational series of villains. Through Mono we’re given insight into the second wave of wars, the ways of the People of Light, and given some delectable tidbits regarding the flora and fauna of this mystical place. And through Ermo we see how the people have survived (on either side of the chasm) since the last great battle, how the Lord of Light acts through people, and what new obstacles are arising to threat the Empire and People alike. Basically, there’s everything here to build one hell of a world!
My only complaint is that Tavenor offers just a taste for all of these aspects and I want more – more back story on the wars, on the ancients, on the slaves living in the mines, and more about the world as a whole. I know that everyone is all ‘show don’t tell’ these days, but honestly I’m not that picky when it comes to my fantasy world building. I’ll take it almost any way I can get it so long as it flows. And the parts that offered here were more than enough to catch my interest! I’m looking forward to seeing this world and the characters in it explored further as more books are added to the cycle because there are so many interesting places it can go.
Legacy of Light is exciting, action packed, and so very promising! Filled with interesting and diverse characters, imaginative creatures, and legitimate conflict that provokes thought on real-world issues Tavenor offers a veritable feast for the engaged reader. Check it out fantasy lovers, there’s a little something for everyone.
About the Author
C. D. Tavenor is a science fiction and fantasy author based in Columbus, Ohio and the Director of Editorial Services for Two Doctors Media Collaborative!
He’s excited to tell stories that engage readers beyond a desire for entertainment, whether through philosophical inspiration or social inquiry. And he’s a firm believer in connecting every piece of fiction to reality, whether through their themes or their settings.
When not writing, Tavenor enjoys the more than occasional board game, his favorite being Eclipse.
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Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour, and for proving a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.