It’s a world much like the one we know today with one small exception… There are vampires, witches, and elves (among other creatures) lurking nearby. These supernatural beings hide themselves from humans and are governed by the regime, a body made up of elves that don’t hold love for vampires. The story focuses on Charlotte and Valek, a 18 year old human girl and the vampire who found her as a baby. Valek has cared for Charlotte all her life and now must go to the ends of his means to protect her and the entire vampire population against oncoming danger from the regime.
I guess you could say I’ve been on a bit of a fantasy book kick lately and Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton definitely falls into that category. I listened to the story as an audiobook and the story flowed nicely.
A few aspects of this book stood out to me in particular. Because the book is filled with fictional beings, I thought that some references were a bit on the cheesy side, but I almost think that’s to be expected. I was interested to see that the book associates darkness with the good guys and light with the bad guys, which is the reverse of many other stories I’ve heard. On another note, the relationship between Charlotte and Valek is a complicated one that begins as guardian and warden and seems to be leading somewhere else entirely….
It took me a bit of time to get into the story, but once I did, there were sections that I enjoyed. The third book of the series, Of Fang and Shadow, releases soon!