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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Duskborn Radiance: A Mother’s Question is a work of fiction in the fantasy epic and action subgenres, and is the first installment in its series. It was penned by author Pasquale di Falco. The book follows three people trying to live their normal lives whilst magical energy grows inside them as they start to reach adulthood. Observed from afar by a stranger Sorceress, in whose hands lies the fate of the universe, they must learn what this change means for them, their lives, and what fate has in store for their world.
The scope of A Mother’s Question is a paradox, for it is both an ambitious universe-spanning stand against evil and an intimate coming-of-age story about three young people trying to understand what is happening to them. There’s a seamlessness to the way that author Pasquale di Falco transitions between the huge events transpiring in the wider world and the everyday tribulations of the people living in it. This creates a poetic link between the broad strokes of world history and the people who actually lived through it. Dominic, Caterina, and Amadeus are well-realized and rounded characters who serve as perfect entry points for the audience in understanding the epic saga that begins to unfold in A Mother’s Question. Their growth and search for understanding are what drives the novel and grounds the wider and more fantastical story elements and plot devices. A well-executed take on the fantasy and science fiction genres, I would recommend this book to adults and young adults alike.