"Coming from completely different worlds, two young men, one with fiery red hair and a short fuse, and the other with white-blond hair and a
sweet disposition join forces in the fantasy The Fire and the Light, book one in a series by Tracy A. Akers. Although Dayn and Ruairi grow up in separate parts of the region, both of their lands are ruled by
superstition, prejudice, and tradition. Each boy endures a series of tragic events--brought on by romantic feelings for long-time loves--that hurt them physically and emotionally. Ultimately, however, their
tragedies bring them together to form a new bond, one of trust, blood, prophecy, and love for Alicine, Dayn's sister.
The three share adventures together, some comical, some uncomfortable, some painful, and
most of them dangerous. Throughout their adventures they--like all teens everywhere--must come to terms with their physical appearances, and change, challenge, and define their identities as they struggle to become
The bullying, violence, and budding sexuality help move the story along and are mild
enough not to offend most readers. Young adults might best identify with the teenaged heroes in this novel,
although the story is fast-paced, interesting, and fun for readers of all ages. Unlike many simplistic young adult works that feature adults as cruel taskmasters and mindless buffoons, The Fire and the Light depicts
heroes and victims in all shapes, sizes, sexes, and ages. Off to a wonderful start, Akers is planning five books in her Souls of Aredyrah Series, with the next to arrive in 2007."
--Leslie Halpern, author of Dreams on Film (McFarland & Company)
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