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Against the Light [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Dave Duncan , Ralph Lister , Inc. Brilliance Audio

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Book Description

Jan. 24 2012
The Hierarchy, high priests of the religious order the Light, rules both the magical kingdom of Albi and its religion. Worshippers in the old ways of the Earth Mother, clandestinely scattered throughout the land, are persecuted as heretics. And when missionary student Rollo Woodbridge returns to his home in Albi, he is arrested for heresy and treason, setting off a chain of events that puts everyone’s life in jeopardy and plunges the kingdom into chaos. With Rollo in jail, the treacherous motives of the Hierarchy begin in earnest as Earl Uptree of Norcaster puts the entire Woodbridge family at risk. When two wise women rescue Rollo from prison, the family home is destroyed—but Rollo and his siblings are left alive. While his sister Maddy and his brother Brat swear vengeance, Rollo attempts to broker a peace between the faiths. While Maddy works her way into advantageous positions and Brat joins the underground resistance, Rollo tries desperately to save his kingdom’s future. As plots weave inexorably toward one another and life and death hang in the balance, the family must decide whether to stay and fight or leave Albi forever in the suspenseful, action-packed Against the Light.

Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD; MP3 Una edition (Jan. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145587521X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455875214
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g

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About the Author

Dave Duncan is a prolific writer of fantasy and science fiction, best known for his fantasy series, particularly The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word, and The King’s Blades. He and his wife Janet, his in-house editor and partner for over fifty years, live in Victoria, British Columbia. They have three children and four grandchildren.

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195 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Underappreciated Author Delivers Again! Feb. 4 2012
By Kulamata - Published on
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Reading the last two or three Dave Duncan books I've been struck by a common feeling; the author writes good, solid, rewarding books. His style is smooth, and never intrusive; there are no infelicitous phrases to stumble over, no names that cannot be remembered or mistaken for one another, no barriers to a happy reading experience. His descriptions of the society and the physical environment are extensive enough that the characters are not moving in a sterile world, and are spare enough that the reader is not bored by padding and bloat.

This is the first in an apparent series; the basic plot is not especially original. An oppressive dominant religion suppresses an older, more humane religion that welcomes and shelters gifted individuals. An attractive set of four siblings, adherents of the old religion, follow individual paths set by their distinctive personalities and gifts. Their actions plausibly follow from their personalities, which are deftly described, differentiated, and convincing, with a skill that is too often lacking in genre fiction.

The plot moves along steadily and clearly. The book is a good length, with enough in it to solidly fill a proper book without adulterating additives. The ending is fine, a bit open-ended, which results from its need to provide hooks for the next volume in the series.

I'm sorry to see that there are so few reviews for DD's recent books; he's been doing this for a long time, and his craft is thoroughly polished. He doesn't need to experiment, or flail around "finding his voice". He just reliably turns out one satisfying read after another, and "Against the Light" is another success.
53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fast read Feb. 5 2012
By Dave D. - Published on
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I don't have much to add than has already been written by the first two reviewers quite eloquently. The basic plotline is not a completely original one in the fantasy field but the characters are fully fleshed out and the writing is very engaging. I would recommend you try the sample, as that sucked me in and the rest of the novel was just as quick with excellent timing. It makes for an excellent read overall. As already stated, this may be part of a new series, however, the novel stands on its own without a cliffhanger finale.
55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When the Witches are the good guys Feb. 7 2012
By Roger Bagula - Published on
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In this alternate reality in a very 16th century world
a family of "witches" faces prejudice and persecution.
Finally they end up having to flee England like the Pilgrims
did. The witches have PSI abilities that can be trained
and have familiars that attach themselves to them at an early age.
One family in particular has very power inherited powers:
the Woodbridges. It is their passage though the Earth Mother cult's mole holes
that comprise a lot of this story. Much like Christians in
Rome, an underground society exists in parallel
to the orthodox Light church that the King supports.
Not quite a sword and sorcery fantasy adventure
this novel is still very entertaining and well written.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfying Fantasy Feb. 5 2012
By Thom Mitchell - Published on
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Against the Light is yet another great fantasy novel from the prolific author Dave Duncan. He crafts a world with characters that are engaging and the reader is quickly pulled into the world. He develops both the male and female characters within the framework of his plot without bogging down into detail for the sake of detail.

Duncan artfully breathes life into an old premise of a corrupt church terrorizing an older religion combined with an ailing king plus all the petty venality and corruption that mankind can offer. The usual motives are present in spades - greed, revenge, lust for power, and hope for peace - mixed together with classic bildungsroman character development.

I found the book was a fast read that kept my attention the whole time and found myself postponing chores in order to finish it - always the mark of an enjoyable book. I assume this book is the first of series (or at least I hope it is) but even if it isn't, it stands on its own as a complete book with a satisfying conclusion. Definitely a worthwhile read.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New fan Feb. 7 2012
By Psychic Cypher - Published on
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I've had some of Duncan's books in my "to read" pile for a while, but this was the first I sat down and tackled. Largely I'm wary of getting into new authors because I find that my taste isn't always the same as others. When some folks (often times many folks) rave about an author, I often find myself scratching my head. But I'm now a fan of Duncan's work and will (quickly) push his other books to the top of my list. Suffice it to say that, if this is indicative of his other books, you can expect a good, engaging read with developed characters, a well-drawn world, and a great story. Highly recommended!

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