Incandescence

Darkness Bright

Fiction - Fantasy - General
448 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2011
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

The setting is a world where the sun shines for fifty years and then there is darkness for ten long years. During the darkness evil will thrive. Darkness brings bewilderment, distrust, and dishonesty in to the land Lorasia. Lorasia is right on the edge of the Abyss. The Abyss is the prison of the minions of Satyr. Satyrpan and his followers seek to unlock the Abyss and release the evil prisoners on the world. Our main characters, Malick Karzon and Laric Lordan are locked in a battle. Laric seeks revenge for his father’s death. It is Malick’s mission to stop him. Eventually the two realize that only by joining together can they stop the evil that threatens to destroy their world.

Matt King brings readers a Christian Fantasy sure to keep them eagerly turning pages. Fantasy fans love books with vampires, dragons, elves, orcs, goblins, and other various creatures, Incandescence Darkness Bright has all of these and more. As with most fantasies there is a struggle between good and evil. This book is not a quick read. There are a lot of characters to keep up with and a lot of action. I am normally a fast reader but it took me longer than usual to make it through this book.

There are several subtle messages in this tale. One that stood out to me is the danger of a church becoming too political. When a church begins to place social issues and politics before the will of God they have lost sight of their mission. The reader experiences Laric and Malick realization of truth. While I found this tale fascinating, I found the amount of characters a bit overwhelming. This book is plot driven and that plot is pure perfection. The character development is well done. I found myself cheering for the good guys and booing the evil. Fans of fantasy will not want to miss Matt King’s Incandescence: Darkness Bright.

Anne B.

Matt King offers readers a Christian fantasy novel. In the introduction King sets the basis of the plot. Satyrpan was the leader of a group that worshiped Satyr. Satyr granted Satyrpan supernatural powers. Satyrpan and his minions were trying to break the seal Vivetan (the son of the Father in heaven) had placed on the Abyss where Satyr and his demons were held captive. If Satyr were released evil would once again spread destruction and chaos throughout the world of Ayrth. Tyrel has gathered intelligence against Satyrpan and rushes to deliver the information but Satyrpan’s minions lie in wait and attempt to stop him. Tyrel dies at the hand of Satyrpan.

"Incandescence" has an original and unique plot. Matt King has developed a Christian fantasy, thriller, and paranormal tale that will keep readers turning pages. This is the first book in the 'Incandescence' series. The lead characters are Malick and Faruza Karzon, true believers in a world of evil. Their mission is to capture Laric Wendelson, a suspected follower of Satyrpan. King’s book is filled with theoretical and spiritual themes. It has a prophetic warning for readers. He offers a message of hope, faith and love in a world filled with hatred, evil and doubt. I fear there are far too many characters making it difficult to keep up with all of them. But I like the plot and I enjoyed the main characters. King’s series is sure to please the most discriminating fan of Christian fantasy.