Morgan L. Busse enters the speculative fiction world with a strong first novel (Daughter of Light ) that speaks of the hope evident even in the darkness. Its sequel – Son of Truth — is equally good and speaks of forgiveness even when one has done evil to others.
In Daughter of Light, Rowen Mar notices a strange white mark on her hand. It allows her to sees the “darkness that lies within the heart” when she touches that person. Falsely accused of being a witch, she is exiled from her village. Rowen accepts an invitation to go to the White City to train as Lady Astrea’s bodyguard.
While there, Rowen discovers she is an Eldaran (Daughter of Light). Rowen can heal others, though at a cost to her. Her gift is exposed to save her captain’s life. Caleb Tala murders Lady Astrea’s father, and has nightly visions of a woman with a glowing hand. Rowen’s “power” saves the White City from the Temanin Army, but the people fear her. Meanwhile, Caleb is struck down by the Word and becomes a changed man.
In Son of Truth, Rowen flees to Avonai with Lady Astrea. A messenger speaks of the reappearance of the Shadonae (evil shadow beings). Then Rowen is captured by a man who exploits her gift for profit. Caleb (Son of Truth) is called to join forces with Rowen, but first he must help Lore rescue her. Together they will try to overcome the Shadonae.
Christians will appreciate the Christian symbolism lightly woven within the story, while others will enjoy it as a good epic fantasy series. The narration is descriptive, the romance light, and the faith elements evident but not overwhelming. The excellence of Busse’ plot and character development, and world-building is evident in its nomination for several awards.
Daughter of Light was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards, the Christy Awards, and the Carol Awards. Son of Truth is a finalist for the 2014 Clive Staples Award. A third book – Heir of Hope – is scheduled for publication by Enclave (formerly Marcher Lord Press) in Spring 2015.
Carol R. Gehringer
–reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal