Earth Light

Earth Light

by Tracy Pierce


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ISBN-13: 9780738866284
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.86(d)

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Earth Light 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Short and simple this book is incredible. I had been waiting for Tracy, Ms. Pierce, to get this up and I can hontestly say that the wait was well worth it! Everything that needs to be said can be read in the book and the other two reviews! You have to read this story!! And Ms. Pierce's art is to die for!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Earth Light to be a wonderful story, fit for all ages, that will leave you so involved with the book that you begin to feel part of the story. This book is meant for younger ages, but believe me all ages will enjoy this enchanting story.
Guest More than 1 year ago

Having served as the beta-reader for this title, I feel it fitting that I should be the first to review it.

Not one of those five stars is there for decoration; Earth Light is an entertaining read from start to finish. Though aimed primarily at the younger set, the book is cleverly written as a densely layered tale that has something for all ages, so just about anyone can enjoy it.

Set in the modern day, Earth Light tells the story of Karen Andersen, an orphaned preteen who resides in rural Missouri with her loving aunt and uncle. Dealt a rotten hand by the untimely death of her parents, she was entrusted to her aunt and uncle at a tender age . . . and brought up to believe that she managed to persevere by the grace of God, her mature relationship with Whom is one of many things that belies her age. An animal lover, Karen's best friends come in the form of her two pet cats, Kip and Diana, as well as her horse Ebony and the local forest critters.

We don't learn much else about her life as it is, for it isn't long before a mysterious chain of events spirit her and her feline compatriots away . . . to Ralactia, a distant world in danger of being overrun by the armies of the evil Komora demon, a ruthless, soulless conqueror bent on global domination. His command has spread over much of the planet already . . . and where it hasn't, his wicked influence has seeped into the hearts of believers and cowards alike, making for closet traitors, deadly assassins and dangerous times.

However, a small hope rests in an age-old prophecy which tells of Light Bearers destined to arrive when the times become desperate. Light Bearers . . . saviors through whom God will restore peace to Ralactia. But two domesticated cats and a girl of twelve? Not so far-fetched when we learn that the verse calls for 'two children of beasts and a daughter of man'. Even so, the trio at first see themselves as unlikely candidates to fulfill the Ralactian prophecy, but then again . . . time is running out.

Can they do it?

The plot and setting are clearly fantasy-based, decorated with talking animals, shape-shifters and epic battles, but the themes and conflicts the characters deal with habitually remind us that Earth Light has its roots planted firmly in reality. The story explores and is ultimately powered by Karen's relationship with God, the real jewel of this story, which serves as the bedrock for the major decisions the heroine makes throughout. This in turn is directly responsible for the varied (and at times, genuinely surprising) twists and turns the plot takes, which is something I welcomed; even with the diverse cast and vast countries visited, Earth Lights focal point gives the feel of a story unified by a common drive (and I don't mean the desire to overthrow Komora). That being said, Earth Light is the sort of fiction you'll find yourself lost in if you don't pay attention, so an early warning: this isn't a read for those who want a straightforward, formulatic entry.

Through the chapters, Karen maintains security in her belief that He will always point her in the right direction, but she isn't always confident in herself. (This is especially true at the start.) So rather than preachy, her character comes off as interesting and human, not to mention believable. Skeptics and naysayers can attribute such qualities to her twelve years, but I personally think her age has very little to do with it; this isn't about a small girl, it's about an undersized heroine and truly brilliant writing on the part of Miss Pierce.

As a side note, something I have to admire is that Karen didn't ask for any of this. She was plunged into this world without a clue. Yet she embarks on the journey, because she knows Someone brought her to Ralactia for a