C. D. Tavenor is a science fiction and fantasy author based in Columbus, Ohio and the Director of Editorial Services for Two Doctors Media Collaborative!
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About the book
If only they knew us as more than accursed.
The Holy Empire hates the People of Light. Maripes, arriving in its capital, seeks to save his people from certain destruction. The Inquisition seeks theocratic justice, and it will stop at nothing to rid the world of those it considers evil.
Still, Maripes must try. For if he fails, doom will certainly befall his people. Standing in his way? The High Inquisitor, the Empress, and a million subjects all indoctrinated to believe he is evil incarnate.
Should be an easy task. Otherwise, his son Mono, a soldier in the legions of their people, will face the fight of his life . .
The story or rather the stories are narrated by Maripes, his son Mono and then lastly by Ermo – the granddaughter and daughter of the aforementioned. As a whole the book feels as if each person isn’t given enough time to expand upon their individual story and everything moves quite quickly.
However that is absolutely explained away by the fact that these are three short stories combined together to make the first novel in the Compendium series. It explains why there is such an abruptness in between each narrative and why the author doesn’t delve deeper, although I do think each of them was worthy of a longer story.
Maripes is full of optimism when he approaches the Holy Empire and believes they can all live together in harmony. His son Mono seeks to keep his people safe, even if it means the ultimate sacrifice, and Ermo isn’t really sure what fate she is being driven towards.
I was pleasantly surprised. It isn’t easy to write high fantasy and draw readers into fictional worlds that bear no relevance to their own, although I do think some aspects of the worldbuilding lend themselves to modern society. That includes the dialogue, certain words and most definitely some of the underlying issues between the two warring societies.
It’s an intriguing fantasy – a compelling battle to free the People of Light from oppression.
It often left me feeling as if Tavenor was just getting started and hadn’t really gotten to the nitty-gritty and finer details of his worlds yet. Just letting us take a quick glimpse before slamming the door in our faces. In fact his Ned Stark shock moments were a bit naughty.
Buy Legacy of Light (The Compendium #1) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Two Doctors Media Collaborative; pub date 3 Dec. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.