Book Review: Stealing the Light


30820528Those who have magic –known as the Cine – are prosecuted because of their powers. Catherine knows she can do things. She can witness the past, bring images to light of things long gone. She will survive, even giving in to Cooper, a man who will teach her for services in return.

The Master Sorcerer has a dream, one where Cine people will be free. He must teach his dreamer of a son, Dean, to continue his legacy with the help of a powerful young man, Lorcan.

But when Fate intervenes, can the youngsters find a way to live their dreams?

Author: Lisa Hofmann

Title: Stealing the Light

Publisher: Elisabeth Hofmann

Date: 2016

Rating:  4.25/5


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I thoroughly enjoyed Stealing The Light! The characters, the plot and the pacing were well balanced while the magic stopped events from being predictable.

Catherine is a grave digger’s daughter, whose mother has abandoned her and her father is a drunk. Catherine can bring images to life and often explores an old castle by witnessing it in its prime. Considering her young age, she is a strong character who does what she has to in order to survive, including letting herself be raped by Cooper, the man who has taught her to read in return for her “services”.

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The Master Sorcerer, Ortus, is the type of mentor that everyone secretly wants. He works wonders with Lorcan, a young boy treated badly by his own father. Lorcan grows in his powers but it is Dean, Ortus’ son, who I could connect with. He is a dreamer, but has a hidden strength that allows him to survive even when his world is turned upside down. The blossoming friendship between Catherine and Dean is a warming tale.

The plot centres around the search and discovery of spell books, bringing these characters in and out of each other’s lives as they try to reach their own dreams. The pace is steady throughout and events twist in such a way that my interest never drifted. It wasn’t the all-consuming thrill that makes you turn the pages as fast as possible, but a novel where I sat back and I enjoyed what I was reading the whole way through.

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The world of magic and the Cine is introduced through a travelling fair and refugees seeking safety. It avoids the cliché narration about magic but allows the reader to witness different types for themselves to witness the varying powers present.

If you enjoy fantasy and like some magic in your novel, then Stealing The Light is definitely a recommendation from me. With interesting and sturdy characters, a gripping plot and enough magic that you can’t trust everything is as it seems, it is a tale that takes you on a journey. I’m looking forward to the second book!

Author Bio

Lisa Hofmann was born in Siegen, Germany, in 1975. She attended schools in Germany and in Ireland. After graduating, she worked for a large international wholesale company and as an interpreter for two years before she attended the University of Siegen.

During her time at university, she translated books and other writings for her professors of Educational Didactics and Anglistics, discovering her talent for handling words. She began writing medieval fantasy fiction in her late thirties while working as a teacher.

She still lives near her birthplace today with her husband, three children and a houseful of pets. She writes predominantly in English.

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