Last Light

Until Dawn, Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
292 Pages
Reviewed on 11/08/2020
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Reviewed by Edilyn Trinidad for Readers' Favorite

J.N. Baker’s Last Light is a fantastic story about Zoe Marks, an immortal reluctantly caught in the middle of a war between good and evil that has been waging for a thousand years. Being one of the “Chosen”, Zoe has amazing and terrifying capabilities that make her a force to be reckoned with. On the precipice of an apocalypse, she was faced with tough choices and horrifying creatures as she helplessly watched the world she knew change drastically. The first in the Until Dawn series, readers will definitely fall in love with the intriguing characters in this novel. J.N. Baker brewed a brilliant concoction of action, romance, and fantasy that will surely capture the imagination and will leave readers wanting more!

Last Light by J.N. Baker is a page-turner! I love Zoe Marks’ strong and compelling character. Her capabilities are intriguing and I wonder what it would be like to have them. The fight scenes in this story were gripping and exciting as well! I also loved the other characters in this story and I’m excited to know more about them in the coming books. I am sure their powers will only grow as the series progress. Last Light is not just action and fantasy, it’s also full of interesting and stirring romances between characters. I wonder how these relationships will develop. Although this is fiction, the scenes of destruction described in the story are so realistic and petrifying. I’m excited to get my hands on the second book of the Until Dawn series. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Steven Robson

Last Light, the first book in the Until Dawn series by J. N. Baker, is a story of brutal power wielded by creatures that walk beyond the grasp of human understanding. For centuries, seven chosen immortals have sought to counter the evil of one supreme being called Baldric, who seeks to bend Earth to his design. Zoe Brooks is a young woman with the potential for a bright and wonderful life ahead of her; what does she have to do with the machinations of immortal beings? All of this became clear six years in the past when Zoe was savagely attacked in a car park, and inexorably bound to a path she would never have chosen and can never escape from. A path that sweeps her and her friends through an apocalyptic doom to a flight from disaster, destined for the abyss of an unknown dystopian future.

J. N. Baker’s Last Light, Book 1 in the Until Dawn series, is somewhat of a paradox in that whilst the plot deals with deep and dark deeds by evil incarnate, a lot of the content is uplifting, containing genuine fun and banter that feels true to human nature. The interplay between the characters is real, and the personalities are clearly defined and quite likable, particularly some of the more feisty players like Jade. She is one character that appeals greatly to me, being strong, outspoken, loyal, and with a remarkably dry sense of humor that you can’t help relating to; her interplay with Tiffany was a joy to experience. Last Light has all the right ingredients to make a gripping and dangerous adventure, melded with enjoyable glimpses of humanity, leading to an irresistible desire to move on to the sequel in this compelling series.

K.C. Finn

Last Light is a work of fiction in the dark fantasy, interpersonal drama, and urban paranormal sub-genres, and was penned by author J. N. Baker. Penned as the opening novel to the Until Dawn series, this work is intended for mature reading audiences owing to the presence of explicit language throughout, scenes of a sexual nature, and moderate scenes of violence including sexual assault. The plot follows Zoe, an immortal, and one of the Chosen, who has been gifted with terrifying visions of the endless night in her future. To prevent this, she must enter into a war that’s way over her head, all whilst trying to protect the ones she loves from bloodsucking fiends hell-bent on destruction.

Author J. N. Baker has crafted a darkly suspenseful work that will be sure to satisfy fans of urban fantasy and emotive interpersonal drama, as it ticks all the boxes that a reader could want for action, thrills, suspense, and romance, all whilst hurtling towards the end of the world. I really enjoyed Zoe as a heroine, largely because of her realistic flaws, uncertainty, and the relatable dose of humanity which she has left inside her. Baker crafts her well, with close narration that allows us to live the story through her, but also to root for her and want to fight by her side when the going gets tough. As a series opener, there was plenty of exciting world-building and exposition too, and overall this makes Last Light a highly promising work which I would recommend to fans of dark, nail-biting fantasy fiction everywhere.

Ankita Shukla

Last Light by J.N. Baker is a promising start for the Until Dawn series. Although Zoe's life was no bed of roses, she never wanted to be one of the Chosen. A horrible accident changed the course of her life and transformed her into an immortal. As a Chosen, she was bound to prevent vampires and other evil from overthrowing the earth. With each life that she took, her belief of being a monster was etched deeply in her heart. There were perks to her life as a Chosen, but the price of those benefits was too much for her. This new life bestowed upon her body the gifts of speed and quick healing; however, it demanded that she leave her past life behind. This painful predicament turned into a constant heartache when she could see one tragedy after another but could do nothing to protect anyone.

J.N. Baker has created a compelling mixture of supernatural beings (vampires, etc) and natural calamities in Last Light. This concoction imbued the plot with an urgency that justified the fear in the characters. Instead of a holier-than-thou protagonist, the author has painted a relatable heroine who is as much prone to hypocrisy and mood swings as any normal human being (immortal or not). Amidst the ongoing journey toward imminent destruction, a complicated romance worked like a welcome distraction. The story moved with enough twists to hold the attention of its audience. J.N. Baker has done complete justice with the side characters. They not only help move the plot smoothly forward but also make a memorable impression. The conversations among the characters flowed effortlessly. The gripping tale of Last Light has paved a solid foundation for upcoming books in the Until Dawn series, making it a must-read for action lovers.

Susan Sewell

A seer chosen to fight in the battle of end times struggles to come to grips with her immortality and the bloody and violent nature of her duties in the thrilling urban fantasy, Last Light (Until Dawn, Book 1) by J.N. Baker. On the way home from a night out with her friends, Zoe is attacked and barely survives. While recuperating in the hospital, Zoe is abducted from her room, and her journey into immortality begins. As one of the Seven soldiers hand-picked to save the world at end times, Zoe is given the ability to see future catastrophic events unfold and is frustrated by her inability to make a difference. Recently, worldwide disasters have increased, signaling the end of times and the inception of the Great Battle. Against orders, Zoe contacts her friends, refusing to let them die. With the world falling apart around them and creatures from Hell thirsting for their blood, can the Chosen and Zoe's friends survive the initial onslaught? And if they do, will there be any humans left to save?

Last Light (Until Dawn, Book 1) by J.N. Baker is a phenomenal first book in a sensational urban fantasy series. Superbly written, the story has a solid plot and a riveting storyline that builds to a dramatic and breathtaking climax. Well-defined and genuine, the characters have believable personas that react to the situations in such a realistic manner that they are not only relatable but also engaging. I loved this book with its exciting, action-packed scenes and dynamic and forceful characters, and I recommend it to everyone who relishes apocalyptic fantasy novels with supernatural elements. With the story closing on an exciting cliffhanger, I can hardly wait for the next episode. Due to the violent and bloody nature of the storyline, the depiction of a sexual assault, and some explicit language, the story is more suitable for mature readers.