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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Dying Light is the first installment of A Light and Shadow saga by Claire Merchant. What worries sixteen-year-old Sienna Sullivan most is if she can pass an upcoming test to move up through the ranks of Light Lacers, people born naturally with magical abilities. However, her life turns upside down when an unexpected attack on their secluded colony by Shadow Weavers -- people who acquire magical abilities later in life -- leaves her as one of the few survivors, alongside Tobias Hail (Tobie), a mysterious teenager. On the run with Shadow Weavers on their trail, hell-bent on committing genocide, Sienna and Tobie struggle to survive their journey. Meanwhile, Sienna learns more about her familial history which makes her question everything she knew about herself and the world.
A fast-paced young adult urban fantasy novel filled with mystery, action, romance, and intrigue, Dying Light is an entertaining odyssey you wouldn't want to miss out on. Author Claire Merchant crafts an intricately woven tale set in a vivid world full of people with magical abilities at war with each other. Merchant's worldbuilding is exemplary, and the surroundings add a sense of authenticity to the narrative that makes the story all the more immersive. The world feels lived-in. The main characters are young adults with an iron will and a relentless drive to push themselves to their limits. Their distinct traits and likable personalities make them easy to root for. I particularly enjoyed the dynamic between Sienna and Tobie and recommend Dying Light to young adult fantasy lovers.