In the Light of the Passing: Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - General
419 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2013
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Author Biography

Kathy Campshure (a.k.a. K.C. Berg) holds a MS Degree in Management & Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. Past writing credits include two novels, “In the Light of the Passing: Book 1” (which received a 2006 USABook News Award), and “Brinda's Promise: Book 2”. Her most recent book, a non-fiction collection titled “Deer Hunting from a Recliner: Reflections on Life in Northeast Wisconsin”, was published in 2011. Her writing credits also include six stage plays. "Adamantine", a one-act, placed in a national competition and was performed in New York City in 1996. Campshure studied creative writing at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and, when not writing, the author teaches composition classes at local technical colleges. In addition, Ms. Campshure currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Oconto Area Humane Society & Animal Shelter, Inc.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

"In the Light of the Passing: Book 1" tells the story of Shance Delray, a young commander of Grahba, reluctantly becoming involved in a power struggle on another world. There he meets Nadeena, the daughter of Commander Vallance of Sarzan, a tyrant and a cruel father. Upon learning of her parents’ arranged marriage for her to gain political power, Nadeena runs from home and ends up in an underground city, where rebellious miners lead by Rotek and Doff plan to usurp her father. Together, Shance and Nadeena have to face many obstacles to keep their love intact.

Fantasy and science fiction fans will definitely be pleased with this solid space adventure tale. The worlds of Grahba, Scrovell and especially Sarzan are described vividly. The plot is fast-moving and packed with exciting action scenes along with emotional romance elements. It is also intricate yet not confusing, well-written with no plot holes. Everything fits together perfectly. The protagonists have enough depth to entice and satisfy the readers. All secondary characters are also given enough attention, making them appear real and memorable, inhabiting the created worlds quite well. K.C. Berg proves to be an exceptionally creative writer in terms of the worlds that she builds, the romance that she creates and the plot that she constructs. With the right amount of fantasy, science fiction, action as well as romance, this book is an ideal choice for all readers. Book 2 of the series will be in my next reading list.