Lightbringers: The Age of Myths and Legends
David Price
Crossroad Press
May 29, 2017
Reviewed by Elaine Pascale

Epic in scope, fantastical in theme, Lightbringers tells the story of divine twins, Deykin and Dawn, who must rescue the world from the evil that is unleashed by the Great Old One. There are many little stories interwoven with the main plot. And in these little stories there are familiar references for readers of fantasy and dark fantasy. There is much to this recipe: Biblical allusions, mythology, cryptozoology, fables, and love triangles. For readers who enjoy finding “Easter Eggs,” Lightbringers is full of them.

The setting takes place in a world that is very different from our own, and twenty thousand years in the future, but Price masterfully handles the description so that the environment is crystal clear. This is a world that seems mostly ancient (because technology has been replaced by magic) but also contains contemporary elements. For example, the very enchanting Xander wears a tuxedo on his date, and characters often use contemporary phrases when speaking. There are more characters than I can count, yet they are fleshed out and distinctive. The relationship between our hero, Deykin, and his friends completely charmed me.

There is a great deal of action, and what I would classify as “sword play.” The fight scenes are exceptionally well-written and each differs enough from the prior that it does not become repetitive or boring.

Despite being a fantasy, there are horror elements in the form of Lovecraftian monsters and infections and curses. I wanted more of the Solstice Cat, mainly because I am a sucker for any cat character.

This is an ambitious work and possibly could have been spread out into two books or even a trilogy. It is obvious that Price has put a lot of time and energy into this book, and the payoff is a very creative offering.

Lightbringers would be appropriate for teens as well as adults. If you are a fan of Lovecraft or Tolkien, this would be a great pick for you!

About Elaine Pascale

Elaine Pascale had been writing her entire life. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, son and daughter. Her writing has been published in several magazines and anthologies. She is the author of Blood Lights, and If Nothing Else, Eve, We’ve Enjoyed the Fruit. Elaine enjoys a robust full moon, chocolate, and collecting cats.