A warrior, an outcast, must choose between honouring the dreadful covenant on which the longevity of her clan depends, and avenging for the shame of this partnership, thus ending the bloodline of her kind. Read More
What people are saying about Children of Lightning...
There is an intriguing, unique concept moving through this book. I enjoyed the remarkably alien world, the largely female cast of characters, the god-like, reptilian Ophidians who bring such terror with them, the story of mothers and daughters and terrible choices that must be made for survival. The poetic mnemonics are well written and provide some ideas about the background of the Ophidians.
The sorrowful start of the tale, with the exchange between Mother and the Ophidians, is interesting.
I found Writhren to be a different sort of heroine. She’s strong, but she is also living a lie. Her story is serious, difficult, moving.
The elaborate world, the very different creatures, the personal and political ties between them, the details and the descriptions confirm the artistic inspiration of the author... The attentive reader will be delighted to discover the beauty and complexity of the scene in which the story takes place recognizing its coordinates in the heroine's own story. The world is a reflection and a source of motivation for the heroine’s tribulations.
Going into this book with the knowledge that this is a prequel to a series will help a reader quickly acclimate to the stories plot, characters, and general story telling. The world in which the story takes place is fantastical, seeming to be a mix of mythological and magical. As for the main
character, the reader is shown that she is either a tragic hero or the villain?
Honestly, this felt like "The Hobbit" to me, a big intro book leading into something more.
The first thing you need to know is that Writhren Hollow is not your classic heroine. In fact, she tries to be a hero and ends up becoming somebody else. The fact that her journey veers from that of a typical protagonist threw me off a bit when I started reading the story, and it took me a while to get into it. I am so glad that I stuck to it though. By the time I got halfway through the book, I couldn't put it down and I was reading as quickly as I could so that I could get to the end as fast as possible and find out what happens! I greatly enjoyed how well crafted the world and story were. I can't wait for the next book by this author.
- Amanda, comment posted on GoodReads
This book was my first real venture into Fantasy / SciFi. And I am hooked! I found the characters very well developed and the settings described well enough for me to easily visualize. I absolutely loved the names of the characters. And the twists and turns kept me reading long after I had planned to set the (e)book down . I am really looking forward to reading more books from this author in the future.
- Kasee Johnson, comment posted on GoodReads
Children of Lightning is very well-written. The world-building is fantastic and easy to understand. The descriptions she uses to bring her world to life are very good. The characters are easy to like, which is good because as a journey narrative, you want to go on the journey with them.
I was very surprised to see that this is Wong's first book because it is just very good. It doesn't feel self-published, but feels very seasoned and professional.
Ambitious creativity... the story kept me interested and I wanted to find out what would happen next. This speaks to the writer's skill. There's gripping action and continual conflict which makes for enjoyable reading.
This book reminded me quite a bit of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. It has a similar narrative style, where the protagonist is on a journey to becoming their true self. Because of the journey style of the story, there is so much that happens in the book, scenes shifting quite quickly, and sometimes years will be covered in a few sentences. It also reminds me of The Book of the New Sun because of the extremely fantastical scenes. This is very imaginative fantasy, going further than most fantasy novels that place themselves in a medieval world, add a bit of magic, and call it a day. This book features a plethora of creatures and a different kind of world than I'm used to encountering in fantasy.