Bringer of Light by Jaine Fenn. Book review

BRINGER OF LIGHT by Jaine Fenn. Gollancz £12.99

Reviewed by R A Bardy [@mangozoid]

Forming part of Jaine Fenn’s Hidden Empire series, this is a space-based action adventure with a smattering of space opera overtones, and if treated as such is a wonderful read. Dare to delve deeper, and I suspect it’ll fall over and bop you on the head…

The female Sidhe (aka space elves) were humanity’s one-time rulers, and are believed long dead, but our hero Jarek Reen knows better and along with Taro and Nual – the latter a rebel female Sidhe – is on a mission to expose their “lost” world to the rest of the galaxy. Alas, he is both aided and thwarted in this endeavour by the male Sidhe, long-time enemies of the female Sidhe and erstwhile allies of humanity way back when, and a race hell bent on completely extinguishing the female Sidhe from existence.

Encompassing a galaxy-spanning quest for a shift-space Beacon (a pre-requisite for intergalactic travel), the fabulously imagined worlds of Aleph, the Three Cities of planet Vellern, and a host of other exotic space-based tech concepts, Bringer of Light deserves its place in the  “fun to read” category, and with this in mind comes highly recommended.