Light and Shadow by Mark Reed

Mark Reed - The God Hunters Light and Shadow CoverTitle: Light and Shadow

Series: The God Hunters # 3

Author: Mark Reed

Genre: Science Fiction, Other Paranormal, Mythology, Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novel (350 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 30, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: The treachery of an ancient and sinister evil is on the rise again. The races that live in the universe known as the Expanse have been deceived by the MST, their so-called guardians, and the truth has finally emerged. Change is inevitable, but not without a fight.

As Keeper of the Citadel and endowed with supernatural abilities beyond imagination, David will shine as a beacon of hope to those in need, to those who have succumbed to what is known as the weakening agenda—for their so-called guardians fear losing control above all else. Worlds will perish. That much is certain. But from loss often comes a greater strength, a greater understanding of right and wrong, of duty and devotion.

Aided by his boyfriend Doug and his beloved companions, David will stand against both old threats and new. His newly acquired powers of spirit calling and shifting will serve as impressive fronts, and he will draw strength from his passionate love for Doug. The time nears when they will learn if that will be enough, if the races of the Expanse will be consumed by the coming shadows or if they will bathe in David’s light.

ISBN-13: 978-1-62798-819-3

Reviewer: Shorty

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Review: Let me start out by saying this book was well written, the plot riveting and intriguing the characters throughout interesting. However I had a huge problem with the fact that there was so much needless interactions between the characters that it took forever to get to the actual plot in blurb. Once there each scene was short and to the point.

This book is long and drawn out in places where it did not need to be. For instance David traveling all over talking to friends and acquaintances about nothing in particular. I thought they were looking for MST? Instead they are having parties?

 I don’t know but it seemed needless to me. The plotting of what to do about the MST was short to say the least. I found myself losing interest after the first one hundred and fifty pages and wanted to quit but I did finish the book and was still disappointed with the overall story myself.

It was an o.k. read.

The God Hunters: A Gathering of Flowers by Mark Reed

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Series: The God Hunters, # 4
Author: Mark Reed
Genre: Science Fiction/ Other Paranormal/ Mythology/ Paranormal/ Fantasy
Length: 286 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 19, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.75 Hearts
Blurb: A powerful evil still lurks within the Expanse, and there is only one way to protect its citizens.

The Masters of Science and Technology are hell-bent on eliminating any advanced civilizations that threaten their authority. However, the truth behind their aggressive behavior is becoming widespread thanks to David, who masquerades as the Being of Light whenever he rushes in to save any worlds on the brink of destruction. Because of this, a considerable number of MST troops have broken away from their organization and are now acting as rogue agents to uphold their so-called good names.

One of the most dangerous weapons the MST has is Ahzoul—a powerful elemental. His corrosive spells have destroyed stars and poisoned entire worlds. But with the help of a distant galactic remnant, David and his companions have finally found a way to defeat Ahzoul.

David’s role as Keeper of the Citadel is synonymous with protecting the innocent, and that’s exactly what he means to do—no matter what the cost.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-738-5

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This is the fourth book in the Gods Hunters series.

This is the only book I have read in this series so far. The book starts out great. I loved the details of the battle scene though I felt it was extremely short compared to the focus on the characters relationships. It went the same pattern throughout so I was disappointed.

The story reads like you should already know who the characters are so there are not a lot of details about them other than their names and some characteristics. I felt this read more like a contemporary at times even though the story takes place somewhere other than earth, with a little of the other genres thrown in.

One thing that kept confusing me was why David kept referring to the colt brothers as his boys. His boyfriend was Doug one of the brothers but the rest had boyfriends so that left me shaking my head in confusion. One of things I did like was all the details regarding the battles, visions, other dimensions and worlds. It was simply breathtaking in their descriptions. I felt as if I was actually seeing what was being described.

The MST were bloodthirsty and dangerous. They did not care who they hurt or what they destroyed to achieve whatever goal they set out to do. Their lack of what I can only describe as compassion for others greatly angered me. I could not believe the lengths they went to, to obliterate all who stood in their way.

There are a lot of characters in this book, though I did not feel a connection to any of them, which help or hinder David in finding the four pillars.

All in all it was an o.k. read that was well written and has great potential to be even better.
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