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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Light Worker is a short volume of fantasy fiction penned by author Kathleen Bradford, which forms the first book in the Gateways Series. Rooted in suspense, mystery and the classic idea of good versus evil, this modern fantasy tale starts off with Valeen Martin. Valeen has a troubled past which she tries to leave behind by moving to a peaceful little town in the mountains, but when her nightmares act up again, she knows that the old darkness is following her. Alongside her dear friend Laura, Valeen finds herself entering a dark new world where she must battle against a powerful force and a man hell-bent on destroying the world as she knows it.
Suspenseful, chilling and truly frightening in parts, author Kathleen Bradford has created a real triumph in the fantasy genre with The Light Worker. Valeen is a relatable central figure whose skills and past are unveiled with clever and well-paced exposition throughout the plot, and she is drawn with great depths that we discover more and more as the story goes on. The fantasy concepts that underpin the plot are solid and well explained, and build a great base for fabulous atmospheric description and plenty of twists to give thrills and intensity to the story throughout. One of the most impressive elements is the utilization of the fantasy genre to tell a very human story, and how the supernatural concepts line up with the emotional arc to convey it more clearly. Overall, The Light Worker is a must-read for anyone who loves both speculative and serious fiction.