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In Siege of Daylight (The Compendium of Light, Dark & Shadow Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Gregory S. Close , Mike Nash , Thomas Weaver

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For the month of March 2015 all author's profits from In Siege of Daylight will benefit the Texas Children's Hospital in support of finding a cure for Langerhans cell histiocystosis.

In Siege of Daylight: Book One of Light, Dark & Shadow is an epic fantasy with richly developed characters and a strong debut for a promising new series. Calvraign, the hero of the tale, is an apprentice to the king's bard. His studies are filled with prophecy, romance, mythic enemies, and magic, and he contents himself with such fantasies until the day that he is suddenly called to the capital city. His best friend Callagh, the most skilled huntress in their village, senses something isn't right with Calvraign's hasty summons and follows him. Her instincts prove true, as his arrival throws the king's court into chaos, and the two are abruptly torn from their simple country life and plunged into the real-life version of Calvraign's tales.

A dead wizard's menacing prophecy reveals that an all-encompassing dark magic has already been loosed upon the world, and there is only one way to stop it. Calvraign and Callagh must protect the life of the crown prince, Hiruld, at all costs. They are forced to contend with the realities of the king's court--a constantly shifting web of intrigue, romance, and carefully executed maneuvers hidden behind the glittering façade of royal life--while simultaneously battling dark forces to keep Hiruld alive. Calvraign must find a way to ensure that all is not lost and that evil cannot triumph for all eternity. And Callagh must keep him alive long enough to do it....

It doesn't take long for author Gregory S. Close's greatest strength as a writer to reveal itself as characterization. His hero and heroine, along with a plethora of memorable characters, are complex individuals who accomplish the greatest task of literary figures: making the reader forget that they are fictional. His writing style is highly literary, calling to mind the boggling imagination of J. R. R. Tolkien but more easily readable in many ways, making this book an easy one to consume.

Close manages to take a genre sodden with tired plot lines and offer a number of refreshingly original takes on them all, keeping the reader guessing even while in seemingly familiar territory and intrigued with its highly entertaining plot twists. One of the novel's most important and enjoyable characteristics is that it does not always choose the most obvious outcome; happy endings are relative.

In Siege of Daylight is a strong debut that is sure to captivate die-hard fantasy fans and create a generation of brand new ones. The book boasts a number of strong female protagonists; a departure from many fantasy tales that cast the women in the hapless wench or sidekick roles. This should be a strong draw for female readers in a literary genre with an overwhelming number of males within its fan base.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Gregory S. Close has lived on both coasts of the United States (and that wholesome corn-fed part in-between) as well as Dundalk, Ireland and the tiny islands of the Kwajalein Atoll. Greg loves travelling and sampling the native cultures, foods, customs, and beers of the world. Greg is married to a rocket scientist and lives in California with his two daughters, a cat, and one and a half dogs.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 620 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0988852012
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Gregory S. Close; Auflage: 1 (25. Mai 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Epic Fantasy of the Highest Quality 22. Dezember 2013
Von Jeff Hebert - Veröffentlicht auf
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TL;DR> A true Epic Fantasy, with all the strengths and barriers that represents, "In Siege of Daylight" will reward your time with an intricate plot, interesting characters, an immersive world, and all the swordplay & magic you could want.

If you like sprawling, multi-character epic fantasy, "In Siege of Daylight" belongs on your shelf (whether of the physical or digital variety). Author Gregory S. Close manages to take many of the traditional elements we're familiar with and combine them in new, interesting ways for something that's refreshingly original. He accomplishes this partly through giving pretty much everything a different name than we're accustomed to, which has the effect of making it all seem very specific to this time and place, and partly through smart plotting and pacing.

I grew fond of the characters he gives us, from the irascible and foul-tempered man at arms to the pleasant main protagonist. Each stands out on his or her own, clearly drawn and easy to remember.

Where I think the book shines the most, however, is in the presentation of some of the characters from non-human races. Each is given enough flavor and time to give the reader the feeling of a vast history without overwhelming with details. Each had their own unique aspects that set them apart, and because we have to feel our way towards how they might map to traditional races, we have time to take them as they are and not as our preconceptions might want them to be. From the underkin to the aulden and more, you get a distinct impression for each that you really appreciate.

Thankfully, no kin were tossed at any point, an approach it would be nice to see in some of our filmed high fantasies.

Although occasionally the prose became a bit more purple than I personally prefer, overall the writing is exceptionally strong and definitely the equal or better than the vast majority of books published by the big houses. And while the naming conventions ultimately have a great payoff in terms of letting the world be its own creation, the first third to half of the book can be a struggle of sifting through unfamiliar pronunciations and definitions. As usually happens with epic stories like this (think "Dragonriders of Pern" or "Dune"), however, ultimately you get to a point where the terms are comfortable, becoming their own complete entities so your brain can relax into the story. I found the second half of the book riveting, and for the first time in a long time I stayed up well into the night to finish.

If you're one of those people (like me!) who sometimes wrestles with the decision of whether or not to buy an independently-published novel, set your mind at ease and click the purchase button for "In Siege of Daylight". You'll be rewarded with a rich, satisfying, thoroughly professional novel that will leave you eager to read the next installment.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A rich and compelling story! 28. Juni 2013
Von D. Schuler - Veröffentlicht auf
In Siege of Daylight maintains a sharp focus on its characters while also providing a fully realized setting for their story to unfold. The writing is strong and engaging, and the pace draws us along yet allows us time to appreciate the depth and detail of the world.

It's too easy, and too common, for a new fantasy author to be overwhelmed by his own story, but Greg Close maintains steady control over his characters and plot. He gives just enough exposition to establish the history of the realm, and he reveals subtle details of characters who clearly had complex lives before the current story begins.

In Siege of Daylight is a must for anyone who appreciates high fantasy, especially those readers eager for an author who isn't beholden to Martin or Tolkien.

I'm glad to have discovered this novel so soon after publication, but I lament the long wait for the next installment in the series!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Epic worthy of the name. 1. April 2015
Von Shawn M. White - Veröffentlicht auf
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In terms of epic fantasy, few indie novels can match the scope of Close's "In Siege of Daylight." A robust array of characters and a fantastic setting help fashion this sprawling world into a thing of living beauty. The story, woven expertly with clashing cultures, risen evils, and moving character histories creates a riveting adventure reminiscent of many a familiar fantasy tale.

Close shows off his love of storytelling by breathing life into a grand parade of characters, many of which are cut from the genre's tried and true cloth, but at the same time are fresh and unique, with ties to a fantasy world that is so wonderfully crafted it's impossible not to lose yourself within it. The more than 600 pages pass too quickly.

While the premise borders on the cliche, lowly boy with a famous father who inherits the task of saving the world, it doesn't feel cliched. For this, I applaud Close, as it would have been too easy to fall into the same channels as many books before, but "In Siege of Daylight" sets itself apart with some curious and wonderfully executed twists that are more often not wholly unexpected.

You will find the standard host of fantasy races: elves, dwarfs, humans, sentient half-animals, and the like, along with your typical soldiers, heroes, villains, royalty, and peasants, but there is nothing generic about them. They all have their place within the tale, fitted perfectly within a narrative that works to make the most of each and every character, and Close seems well-versed crafting his peoples to stand alone.

The highlighting character, aside from Calvraign, is the bard Brohan. Brohan is the portrait of the guiding wiseman, the possessor of knowledge and magic who aids Calvraign in his growth from boy to man, as well as helping him wade through tricky court politics. A kind of Gandalf to Bilbo.

The culmination of the novel reminded me of what Brandon Sanderson is well-known for: an avalanche of conflict and action, all brought together with threads laced throughout the narrative that tie together at perfect moment. While impossible to give away the awesome and intense climax, I will say it sent me searching Amazon for the second book immediately after finishing the last page (which is, as of the writing of this review, being written).

If you're a fan of massive worlds, old evils, hardened soldiers, wise men and their designs on young heroes, and unlikely saviors, then I urge you to pick up a copy of "In Siege of Daylight." Then perhaps, like me, you can suffer pining impatiently after the next installment.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A slow Epic 31. Januar 2014
Von Mike A. Wants - Veröffentlicht auf
In Siege of Daylight by Gregory S. Close, the first book in The Compendium of Light, Dark & Shadow, tells a slow moving epic of the fight between light and darkness, full of mysteries and a lot going on behind the scenes. This book is the introduction into a vast world with scores of unique races, gods, and factions. The story follows a big cast of characters; from the apprentice bard that gets tangled up into the mess, to the intelligent and politically attuned heiress, and the grizzled veteran haunted by his past. Many more characters and groups have their part in this play, often shrouded in mystery.
While I generally enjoyed the story, it took me much longer to read this book than is common for me. I can normally read even a big fantasy books in 3 days to a week, depending on how much time I have (and how much the story grips me). This took me a lot longer, especially because the middle section moved too slow even for my tastes. I like slow stories that take their time to introduce and develop their world and characters, but some parts in this book seemed not to move at all. This feeling was enhanced by the lack of interest in some of the POV-characters and their part in the story. I especially felt the protagonist, the apprentice to a famous bard (and much more besides), didn't get enough time in the spotlight.
The POV-characters are generally interesting, but a bit less would have been more in this instance. Part of the story doesn't really move forward, mostly consumed by discussions about war and the characters on losing ground against the powerful pro-war faction. Another problem was the POV of the antagonist. While I liked to have such a view, the POV of the antagonist consumed too much time at the beginning of the book and it felt like it gave too much away that wasn't known to any of the other characters, killing some interesting surprises.
I'll have to continue with surprise and predictability, because a big mystery of the book is basically given away in the very beginning of the book. I simply had to wait until it was made "official" as the surprise of the ending. I think this was foreshadowing done wrong. If it had been introduced to the readers' thoughts about how the story might develop in small doses and over time it could have been great, but to give it away so freely so early on didn't work for me.
While the worldbuilding is extensive and will probably continue to grow in later books, this had one negative aspect on the story in the form of words. If you read fantasy as much as me, you know that a part of worldbuilding lies in the languages and in inventing words and phrases. Sadly, many of the words introduced in this story are jumbles of random letters that are hard to read and remember. Accessibility is an important part to introduce readers to a new world and culture, but this book makes the story harder to access and follow. Some of the words are even very similar to others, without giving the reader a distinct difference between their meaning. This made it harder for me to follow the story at times, especially when it was related to the magic.
The magic system is not unique, but not generic either. I can't really say much about it yet, because there's simply not much known at this point. They simply do magic, but it's exhausting and stuff, and fortunately limited. But you can see that there is much behind the magic, a whole lot we don't understand yet, and that can make things confusing.
The story itself is good. The pace picks up after the slump in the middle and the story goes for a spurt towards the ending. Most of the POV-characters are well done and interesting to follow. If you plan to pick this book up I'll encourage you, but only if you like slow moving epics. There is action here, and rather good one too, but only at times breaking the unhurried pace.
I'm still undecided whether or not to pick up the next book, but I'll definitely keep an eye out for it. If the author can speed up the pace a fraction and give the reader some more insight into the story and the world, I think this series could shape up to something very interesting.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The good, the bad, and the ugly from a new author 11. August 2014
Von johnc57 - Veröffentlicht auf
This is the first book from a new epic fantasy series. It is epic, have no doubt about it. Unlike a series similar to Wheel of Time which starts with just one point of view and gradually expands this one has at least six POVs right from the beginning. For this reason it is hard to give any kind of plot description. A bad guy called The Pale Man (the best and very close analogy would be Darth Vader) who is actually a demigod starts trouble everywhere. This trouble affected a humble village in the middle of nowhere where a young guy named Calvraign as well as his girlfriend Callagh live. The capital of humans and the king's court feel these troubles first-hand. A mercenary is trying to avoid a certain doom as The Pale Man took upon himself to end his life prematurely. The prophecies are abounding. The dark army is gathering.

The good. The plot itself is quite interesting; it takes a running start right away and almost never slows down during the book's 600+ pages. The characters - at least some of them - are good; they never act illogically for no reason, or out of characters. Considering this is the first published book of the author, it is really impressive.

The bad. I was able to see the main plot twist which was revealed during the last pages before I hit the first third of the book; it could have been hidden better. While the book does not end with a cliffhanger per se, it is still unclear who lived on and who died after all the dust settled; the ending was somewhat abrupt. I really dislike the cover, but I understand that this is a matter of taste.

The ugly. This book, while not winning an award for the most unpronounceable names in the history of literature, is still a very strong contender in this category. I actually only encountered one book with the worse names, but that one was a parody. Practically every single name of everything was long and impossible to pronounce aloud; do not even try to do it, and if you still want to, do not say I did not warn you. There are very familiar races and classes from fantasy in any form: elves, half-elves, dwarves, orcs, lizardmen, druids, rangers, etc. They are exactly what every fantasy fans would expect from them, but all the names are different and long with the only exceptions of dwarves. The latter are called simply the Kin and I literally cried from joy when they appear as this was my first successful attempt for a proper noun pronunciation. For this simple reason I would not be able to recall and write any name from the book even if my life depended on it.

The ugly part aside, this was a very good effort from a new author. If the ugly part of my review is a real show stopper for you, avoid it, otherwise the rating is 4 almost solid stars.
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