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Author: N.R. Bates
Publisher: N.R. Bates Publishing
Date of Publication: October 2015
Genre: Fantasy / magic realism / Science Fiction
Coping with change is a fundamental theme throughout the story. This includes changes in ocean ecology and climate, their impact on life for all organisms and dangers inherent in such changes but it also includes changes in interpersonal relationships, especially within families, and the impact of coping with any changes in abilities and skills for individuals within them. The detailed research and knowledge which has obviously contributed to this fictional story shines through the whole story.
Initially the story seemed disjointed as two stories unfold, seemingly unrelated to each other. I admit to finding that confusing to start with but it turns out to be important as links between the two are slowly and carefully revealed. The author skilfully portrays the multiple worlds, their characters and their explorations revealing the “thinness” through which the worlds are linked and through which characters can move to other worlds. The characters are complex, well developed, with definite personalities and easy to relate to and generally young adults. The author writes in an emotive manner, making it easy to relate to and empathise with them.
The alternate worlds are superbly described, the author using words to paint pictures in the imagination of the reader, bringing them to life in their mind. The plot is somewhat complicated but worthwhile persevering with as more is revealed but there isn’t really a definitive ending – we’ll need to read the next book in the series to find out more!
I was invited to read and review this novel by iRead Book Tours and was intrigued by the information regarding it. Now I usually enjoy fantasy and science fiction novels and studied Ecology as part of my first degree so I was definitely interested in taking a look and seeing how I got on – and I’m so glad I did! This is not a cosy, light read. The choice of language is exemplary and the subject matter serious but it is all woven together to create an intriguing, enthralling story.
AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING. The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. In Oceanlight, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her lover over immense seas only to find catastrophe and realization that her world is in turmoil.
Meanwhile in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth afflicted by a disease of the blood, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit. Yalara and Einion must discover the causes of their near-deaths and their as yet unrevealed connections as they both face upheaval to their lives and their worlds.
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NR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the subtropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors.
He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and thirty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK.
His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences. He has also recently published a small book of short-stories set in Paris, entitled “The Fall of Icarus (The Elevator, The Fall of Icarus, and The Girl)”.
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