Monday, June 23, 2014

Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black

Cloak of the Light (Wars of the Realm, #1)Book Description:
Author of the popular Kingdom Series returns with this thrilling new novel for young adults.

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn. Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl offers encouragement through her faith, but Drew is too logical and scientific to believe that her prayer of healing was anything but coincidental in the restoration of his eyesight. As his sight returns, he discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to see fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist? The only one who can help him, his genius friend Benjamin Berg, has disappeared. In Drew's quest to find Ben, he discovers that the invaders themselves are at war, for his efforts to thwart the devastating actions caused by the dark invaders are aided by invaders with a different nature. Time grows short as the dark invaders close in on Drew. With skills that no other man possesses, and help from Benjamin and Sydney, Drew initiates a plan to expose the invaders to the world.

My Thoughts:
This was a good one.  Drew lost his dad at a young age.  His dad's friend steps up and helps Drew and his mother in any way he can, including being a mentor to Drew.  Once Drew excels at a sport, tragedy strikes again and he is forced to move past it to continue with his life.  Once he makes it through to college with his best friend and the 'elusive' girl from high school both there with him, everything changes.  He sees things no one else can and he must find his best friend and figure out exactly what he is seeing and how to stop them.
I really liked the way the 'back story' was done in this.  Drew has been through so much heartache but he was still raised to be a responsible man.  His mother and Jake both did a lot to make sure he understood integrity and respect.  I loved how the story hit a new speed once Drew started seeing things.  I love how the author shows Sydney's desire to keep separate and that it wasn't an easy choice not to just go with what she wanted.  I think the author has a unique concept on this one and I am excited to read the next in this series!
I rate this a 4/5.  It took a bit to get to the 'meat' of the story, but once there it was good.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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