Son of Light, Son of Darkness

Drow Heritage Unleashed

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
448 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2021
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

On a quest of self-discovery, a Silvan Elf makes the perilous journey through the unknown world of the Underdark to seek answers about his ancestry in the brilliant epic fantasy, Son of Light, Son of Darkness (Drow Heritage Unleashed) by Bob Perill. Years after her Elfin village is raided by Drows, Liana, the lone survivor, and Dradamus, the Drow who spared her life, secretly conceive and bear a son. Liana named him Connate and raised him by herself with the help of a healer. When Dradamus thwarts the plan of local thugs to kill Connate, his mother reveals the truth about his conception. Born and raised in a silvan Elf Community, Connate is shocked to learn that his father is a Drow and questions his identity. Driven to know the darker side of his heritage, Connate accompanies his father on a journey through the Underdark. However, the passage through the subterranean realm is fraught with dangerous creatures and treacherous terrain, and Connate is not trained for combat and weapons; he is a healer. Can he develop the skills necessary to make such an arduous journey? Or will he be a liability and jeopardize their lives?

Reminiscent of the role-playing fantasy game, Dungeons and Dragons, Son of Light, Son of Darkness (Drow Heritage Unleashed) by Bob Perill is an exciting high fantasy novel containing Elves, Drows, and menacing creatures from the realm of the Underdark. Artistically weaving together the elements of fascinating characters, extraordinary settings, and action-packed scenes, Mr. Perill has skillfully created an outstanding and riveting novel. The story is so eloquently and vividly depicted, it transports the reader to another realm from the very first paragraph. With an intricate plot and a thrilling storyline, it is a remarkable novel that promises to delight and entertain everyone who is a fan of epic fantasies and Dungeons and Dragons.

Foluso Falaye

In Son of Light, Son of Darkness: Drow Heritage Unleashed, elves are generally peaceful creatures that live above ground, where the sunlight shines. Drows, on the other hand, are races of the Underdark, who kill not only for survival but also for pleasure. Connate, a gifted elf, discovers he is not an elf alone but is half-drow, half-elf—which distresses him because he knows how lethal and brutal the drows are. After consulting with his mentor, Calyx, he decides to discover more about himself by traveling to the Underdark with his father, Dradamus. Dradamus is different from his kind since he secretly condemns their murderous ways. Will Connate make it to his father's home or be destroyed by one of the many dangerous creatures in the Underdark? Find out in this gripping, hair-raising story by Bob Perill.

"Never totally trust anyone and never let your guard down." This quote from the book provides a good picture of the atmosphere of the story. Prepare for a realistic, action-packed narrative that will make you jumpy and suspicious of every sound you hear around you. Drow Heritage Unleashed depicts a wide range of fantastical and magical characters and features giants, dragons, telepathy, invisibility, healing potions, and many more. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the magical world in Bob Perill's book. Even though the story felt a bit too large in some aspects, I consider it a good read and hope to follow Connate's story in other, more streamlined installments of the book. Fans of action-filled narratives and dark fantasy mixed with politics should consider adding Drow Heritage Unleashed to their shelves.

Rolanda Lyles

Connate and his mother, Liana, are elves living in Glenspring. Connate is a very mild-mannered elf that studies magic and healing under the wizard, Calyx. One day, his mother tells him the story of how her hometown was attacked by Roushina and her drow army from the Underdark. The drow hate the elves and massacred her hometown, killing many and those that were left were taken as slaves. Dradamus, a rogue drow that went with Roushina's army, found Liana's hiding place but let her live. Later, the two became an unlikely couple, and Connate was born. Curious to know more about his drow heritage, Connate joins Dradamus on a journey to Ribbonstone. During their journey through the Underdark, Connate receives training on how to fight and defend himself against attackers, and they make a few allies that help them along the way. Once in Ribbonstone, Connate makes a few allies and many enemies that view him as an abomination due to their hatred of elves. Connate's fighting abilities have earned him the name Nightshade, and word of his presence has spread. Roushina and her family have heard of him and seek to finish what they started so many years ago.

Son of Light, Son of Darkness: Drow Heritage Unleashed by Bob Perill is an action-packed fantasy story about a half-elf half-drow traveling in search of who he is. Perill takes us on a journey where we see Connate's character evolve from the shy, mild-mannered healer to a confident warrior. Perill's writing is engaging and keeps readers' attention with many moments of action and high intensity that keep you on the edge of your seat. The fantastic creatures were vividly described and Perill's writing fully immerses the reader in his fantasy world. Son of Light, Son of Darkness: Drow Heritage Unleashed was brilliantly written with many moments that will have you cringing in your seat, crying, and rooting for Connate and his friends to win. I love this book.

Steven Robson

Son of Light, Son of Darkness by Bob Perill is a multi-faceted exploration of life from the perspective of both good and evil; a certain duality of existence that permeates not only the real and imaginary societies we live in but the soul within that makes us who we are. Seen through the eyes of Connate Brogan, who has been raised as a sylvan elf with a great affinity for the healing powers of nature and magic, this is a wondrous journey of discovery, where an uncertain future awaits him in a dark and magical underworld that inextricably calls for his attention. The discovery of Connate’s true origin provides the impetus for this adventure, and his father accompanies him as they travel deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of strange and enchanting creatures, places, societies, and dangerous encounters neither may survive. The only certainty about this voyage is that both Connate and his father, Dradamus, will arrive at their respective destinations greatly changed by the experience; life carries no guarantees.

Bob Perill has deftly constructed Son of Light, Son of Darkness into classic magical fiction, which I found a joy to read. The writing style is easy to absorb, whilst at the same time very effective in building up complex, interesting, and compelling subplots covering many attention-grabbing characters and experiences; subplots that are melded into one smooth trip that will have you hooked until the final word. Added to this wealth of material is an underlying starkness about real human behaviors, where the psychological reactions of the players in various circumstances call into question your own thoughts and beliefs. Times like when we learn how Dradamus and Nak met through the actions of Borseth Cripps, a wizard of pure evil. Had this vile creature been killed earlier in his travels, this meeting may never have happened. These life and death occurrences carry reverberations into the future no one can know, and how Connate faces these are very on point with what I consider the reality of our existence. All told, I found this a great read and was sorry to reach the end.

K.C. Finn

Son of Light, Son of Darkness is a work of fiction in the fantasy genre; it is suitable for all ages and was penned by author Bob Perill. Set in a fantasy world where the relationship between Elvenkind above the earth and the Drow living beneath it has reached boiling point, a savage raid on a village by a Drow hunting party sets off a chain of events that could lead the whole world into a destructive conflict. As players from all sides of the conflict set their plans into motion, the fate of a whole world could hang in the balance. What results is a well-developed fantasy adventure tale that takes many twists and turns on its journey and storytelling.

Author Bob Perill delivers a highly engaging fantasy novel that delves us deep into a fictional land where war is brewing. One of the most enjoyable things about this novel is the relationships between the characters, especially that between Dradamus and his son Connate. Despite the fantasy setting, this relationship felt true and real and was one I think we can all connect to in our own way. Perill’s attention to detail is exquisite and he does a wonderful job of describing the world in a way that makes the reader feel like they are right there, fighting beside the characters. Son of Light, Son Of Darkness is an enthralling and well-polished story with an engaging fantasy world as the background. I would not hesitate to recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys fantasy books, and strong character-driven stories.