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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Of Darkness, Light, and Fire (Daw Book Collectors) (Taschenbuch)
"Of Darkness, Light and Fire" consists of two novels - the contemporary fantasy "Gate of Darkness, Circle of light" and the more traditional fantasy story "The Fire's Stone". Both novels are early works of Tanya Huff but have not lost any of their charm over the years. A lot of elements that draw the audience in her later books, found their origin in these two books. Bardic Voices and Huff's wonderful humour are only two of those elements.
Throughout the books I realised yet again that Tanya Huff has the most amazing ability to draw people together who are completely different at a first glance, but if you look past first impressions, their souls seem to be similar, linked even.
A few words on the two novels:
"Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light" is a fast-paced contemporary fantasy novel that takes the reader into the deeper, darker city of Vancouver and introduces us to Rebecca, a young woman with the innocent, naive mind of a 12-year-old who is able to see a world invisible to most others, and Roland, a street musician with the voice of a bard whose beliefs are renewed when he meets Rebecca. Somewhere in the city a gate of Darkness has been opened and a dark shadow starts twisting the minds of the citizen's of Vancouver, creatures of Light and the Twighlight are getting killed. The task falls to Rebecca and Roland to close the gate before the end of Midsummer Night. With the help of Evantarin, a lord of light who entered their world, the cat Tom, Rebecca's social worker Daru and the crone Ruth, Rebecca and Roland work to destroy the Darkness and safe a city that seems to be doomed.
Although this paints the main plot line of this lovely little book, the important thing here is the realization of the reader that even handi-capped like Rebecca, it never should be translated into being stupid. It tells that a person is never failed as long as there is one other who still believes in them. It shows that there is a darkness in each of us, yet there is also light to fight against it.
Definitely a wonderful read. It also seems that Roland's bardic voice is one of the influences of Tanya Huff's later "Quarter- series" which I'm immensely grateful for.
Tanya Huff's "The Fire's Stone" is a lovely little novel about three misfits - Chandra, the child wizard, Aaron, the failed thief and Darvish, the drunkard 3rd prince of Ischia - trying to return the legendary stone of Ischia which protects the city from a volcano before it drowns in a sea of molten lava.
Aside from the plot which I liked quiet much, I enjoyed reading about the three having to face their own past failings and growing stronger because of it. Yet again we seem to have three very different characters but looking closer they are connected by their loneliness. An intense and beautiful read!
After having read both stories, I can only recommend to take a look at them. Aside from being wonderful tales each in their own way, they also give the reader a wonderful view into Tanya Huff's early years as an author.
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