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Written by Gregory S. Close, “In Siege of Daylight (The Compendium of Light, Dark & Shadow)” tells the story of Calvraign Askewneheur, an apprentice to the king’s famous bard Brohan Madrharigal. Under Brohan’s tutelage, young Calvraign learns about magic, history, politics and even warfare. When his mother dreamt about his death, Brohan decided to take Calvraign away from the village to ensure his safety. His childhood friend Callagh, a skilled huntress, follows him, refusing to be left behind. Together, Calvraign and Callagh must find a way to ensure that a prophesied evil does not triumph in their world.
Gregory S. Close has marshaled a large cast of memorable characters. Callagh Breigh, Calvraign’s childhood friend, a daughter of the village’s most accomplished huntsman and of course a skilled huntress herself, charmed me with her wit and courage. As a fantasy novel, “In Siege of Daylight” has the right amount of touch of magic, romance, action and conspiracy, making it a classic high fantasy tale that rivals the likes of Tolkien and Leiber. Close also populates his world with fascinating ethereal beings. The ending of a first installment of a series must be done properly; it has to have a cliffhanger that is still informative and interesting enough to make readers look forward to the next book instead of a rushed finish. In this matter, Book One of this series did it perfectly. I can’t wait to find out about Callagh and Calvraign’s fate in the second book.