In Siege of Daylight

Book One in the Compendium of Light, Dark & Shadow

Fiction - Fantasy - General
620 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2013
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Author Biography

Gregory S. Close has lived on both coasts of the United States (and that wholesome corn-fed part in-between) as well as Dundalk, Ireland and the tiny islands of the Kwajalein Atoll.
Greg loves travelling and sampling the native cultures, foods, customs, and beers of the world. Greg is married to a rocket scientist and lives in California with his two daughters, a cat, and one and a half dogs

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

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.

Maria Beltran

An apprentice to the King’s bard, Calvraign is summoned to the capital city without warning. This is how "In Siege of Daylight: Book 1 of Light, Dark and Shadow” by Gregory Close unfolds. Callagh, his best friend, finds the urgency very strange and follows him. The skilled huntress finds out that her instincts are true. The King’s court is suddenly in chaos. Calvraign and Callagh must protect Hiruld, the crown prince, regardless of the cost involved. Dark magic, meanwhile, has already taken hold of the world. Behind this façade of royal life, will Calvraign and Callagh survive the intrigues, romance and daring maneuvers? Will they succeed to save the King’s life from the dark forces?

An epic fantasy, “In Siege of Daylight: Book 1 of Light, Dark and Shadow” by Gregory S. Close provides us an interesting narrative from the perspective of plausible characters. When it comes to this genre, there is no denying that this book has the right elements. Close shows us various tragedies, betrayals and mysteries. His writing, however, is not something to rave about. I’d still say it is well-written because the development of the characters is less complicated and as the plot progresses you will not get lost because the author weaves the incidents into a compelling story. The imaginary world and intriguing characters in "In Siege of Daylight" are really remarkable. As an avid reader of fantasy novels, I must admit that they are uniquely original.

Samantha Rivera

To know the story of another world requires you to look at the stories of several within it. This story tells of a world that is part of our own but not. It includes the human world but also includes the underworld. It includes the humans along with the fae, and creatures that we’ve never yet put a name to, such as creatures known as hrumm and wilhorwhyr. All of these creatures have a way of life of their own but something has happened to draw every creature in the land together on one side or the other to fight. Only one side can win. But it’s an unfair battle with Dieavaul holding a large force that may be unbeatable. The side of good has a dreamstone, a young boy, and a bard. Throughout this story, Close has woven an interesting depiction of all of these creatures and the battle they will face to save their world. In Siege of Daylight is definitely a story to read.

This story is very interesting. You’ll find yourself caught up in the mystery and exoticism of the creatures and people who live in this medieval world; one that is not entirely unlike our own was many years ago. They have normal thoughts and feelings such as the way that Callagh cares about Calvraign. But they have bigger problems than romance and a possible marriage. They have the fate and future of their entire world as they know it to consider. Throughout this story, Close manages to bring together the terror, fear, and difficulty of a world at war with the romance and emotions of the people facing it. In Siege of Daylight is not something to pass up.