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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (Jan. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670065277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670065271
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rich, meditative, and a bittersweet pleasure from beginning to end” - Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“Darkest Light is very smart, right up to its genuinely surprising final scene.” - Quill & Quire (starred review)

About the Author

HIROMI GOTO was born in Chiba-ken, Japan, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1969. Her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, examined the immigration experience and was the 1995 regional winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. She is also the author of a children’s novel, The Water of Possibility, another adult novel, The Kappa Child, which was the 2001 recipient of the James Tiptree Jr., Award, the short story collection Hopeful Monsters, the Sunburst Award-winning Half World and, most recently, the acclaimed Darkest Light. Visit her at hiromigoto.com or on Twitter @hinganai.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy's Ink on Feb. 11 2012
Format: Hardcover
Although I enjoyed Half World I have to say I enjoyed the sequel a whole lot more. I wasn't sure where the story would go but was exited to see how Hiromi Goto pulled off Gee, who was in his past life, the main antagonist of Half World. And I have to say she pulled Gee off splendidly. His character was so different from Melanie. Through the entire book he has an internal struggle and you could see how it was tearing him apart.

Like its predecessor, the world was exceptionally crafted and I could picture the world vividly. The story, characters, ideas - all of them were original and so different from the usual YA with so many books very similar to one another.

The characters were all just so well done and I loved every single one of them. Gee's feisty grandmother, his friend Cracker, the insufferable White Cat - all of them where just loads of fun. The writing pulled me in from the beginning and I was excited to see where Gee's story took me next.

Darkest Light and its predecessor Half World are definitely two books that us YA Canadians should be proud of. If you love a well-crafted fantasy world, a tale of redemption and a cast of fun characters than make sure to check out Darkest Light!
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Gee is all grown up now and he has felt different than anyone. His sister is gone and his grandma who is always there for him is feeble and starts to get sick she says something mysterious about Half World. His parents are there. Together with a new friend he finds along the way, they land in Half World where everything is well dead.
This is definitely a different theme from Half World. Gee struggles to be good when so many osbstacles get in his way. Hiromi Goto's world building is clearly epic. I felt like I was transported in a dark place with no hope, no love and no life.

Darkest Light was definitely more creepy. For example anyone read about homicidal cannibal children? The struggles these souls had in life was so horrible and I can understand why they're still stuck in Half World and can't move into the Spirit world.

I wonder if there's any interest in a movie? I'd love to see it on the big screen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous read! March 29 2012
By Evie Seo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Packed with vivid painterly settings and strange beings, Darkest Light by Hiromi Goto is a breath-taking companion novel to Half World. As much as I enjoyed Half World, with its fantastic world building, great lead protagonist, and absolutely fascinating mythological backdrop, I loved Darkest Light EVEN MORE. Hiromi Goto is an exceptional storyteller. She literally floods the pages of her book with gorgeously imagined scenes, characters and places. Think you're too old or too hip for an action-packed, anime-like tale of one boy's journey to discover himself and his place in the world? Get over it!

Set 16 years after the events of Half World, Darkest Light tells the story of Gee, a re-born antagonist from Hiromi's previous novel. Brought to the Realm of Flesh as a newborn baby by Melanie (the lead protagonist in Half World), Gee grew up in a loving home with his adopted grandma, Popo (who you may remember as Ms.Wei). Despite all the love and affection he gets from his popo, Gee doesn't feel like he belongs in this world. He's lonely. Kids at school resent him and laugh at him, his older sister moved away to attend a graduate school across the country, and his grandma isn't much of a companion - she doesn't want to talk about Gee's past and his origins. He knows that something bad happened many years ago, but every time he asks his grams about it, she makes excuses to avoid giving him any answers. All she tells him is that he must never get into any trouble with the law. And so Gee tries his best to be good. But there's a small, dark and silent place deep inside him, a seed that needs to be contained at all costs, a voice that keeps on telling him to let go and stop pretending he's a good little boy. That he can do anything he wants. And the voice is growing in strength with every passing day. The Half World is calling to him, compelling him to leave everything and return to the Realm that was once his kingdom.

16 years ago, thanks to Melanie's bravery, the Three Realms have been reunited, restoring the balance to the sacred cycle of life and death. Now, the balance is at risk again, and it's up to Gee and the choice's he'll make to either break the connection between the Three Realms, bringing about chaos and despair, or strengthen the link, ensuring harmony and peace. With two extraordinary side-kicks, an arrogant white cat and a badass Neo Goth chick, Gee will embark on a journey into the Half World. A journey of self-discovery and redemption that will decide the fate of the entire world.

Visually mind-blowing, thematically ambitious, thought-provoking, moving and extremely fun to read - Darkest Light is all that and more! I can't stress enough how much I adored it. It's so rich in flavor, so astonishing in its imagery and brilliant in its creativity - it's impossible not to fall in love with it. Many books out there are billed as unique voyages into fantasy, but this one truly delivers. It has the psychological and emotional depth to match its excellent visual performance and stunning eerie atmosphere - and that is extremely rare.

Choosing to write a companion novel about Half World's antagonist was a truly slum-dunk move on Hiromi's part. Gee's character was a very complex one, his struggles, hopes and fears - very convincing, real and just so... human. Hiromi showed us that there is no evil in this world that's beyond redemption, no villains that can't be saved with just a little bit of effort, love and faith.

All in all, Darkest Light is a beautifully told epic adventure of smashing power, sensitive characterizations, and rare depth. It's a journey in both literal and metaphorical sense, and every fan of fantasy, horror and adventure ought to take it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a well-crafted fantasy world, a tale of redemption and a cast of fun characters Feb. 11 2012
By Fantasy's Ink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Although I enjoyed Half World I have to say I enjoyed the sequel a whole lot more. I wasn't sure where the story would go but was exited to see how Hiromi Goto pulled off Gee, who was in his past life, the main antagonist of Half World. And I have to say she pulled Gee off splendidly. His character was so different from Melanie. Through the entire book he has an internal struggle and you could see how it was tearing him apart.

Like its predecessor, the world was exceptionally crafted and I could picture the world vividly. The story, characters, ideas - all of them were original and so different from the usual YA with so many books very similar to one another.

The characters were all just so well done and I loved every single one of them. Gee's feisty grandmother, his friend Cracker, the insufferable White Cat - all of them where just loads of fun. The writing pulled me in from the beginning and I was excited to see where Gee's story took me next.

Darkest Light and its predecessor Half World are definitely two books that us YA Canadians should be proud of. If you love a well-crafted fantasy world, a tale of redemption and a cast of fun characters than make sure to check out Darkest Light!

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