Author: Nicholas Bates
Genre: Epic Fantasy / Magical Realism
AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING. The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. In Oceanlight, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her lover over immense seas only to find catastrophe and realization that her world is in turmoil. Meanwhile in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth afflicted by a disease of the blood, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit. Yalara and Einion must discover the causes of their near-deaths and their as yet unrevealed connections as they both face upheaval to their lives and their worlds. Book One of the OCEANLIGHT series.
Mel's review: What an amazing book! I was totally blown away by the insights of the characters and by how the author talks about real issues for today's world, while still writing fantasy. I loved Yalara and the world of Oceanlight.
Lanie's review: I struggled through the first few chapters, but once the mood was set, this turned into an entertaining read. Einion was my favorite character. He's a lot braver than I gave him credit for at first, and he's very clever for his age.
Jilly's review: Nicholas Bates creates an unique, well-crafted, entertaining fantasy world (or must I say worlds?) and writes in a seemingly effortless manner.