Radiant : Towers Trilogy Book One

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Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City's floating Towers.

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman's ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai's home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body any body so that it can regain its position, while the Tower's rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.

With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30mm | 517g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 194045610X
  • 9781940456102
  • 1,129,773

About Karina Sumner-Smith

Karina Sumner-Smith is a Canadian author of fantasy, science fiction, and young adult. Her short fiction has appeared in The Living Dead 2, The Best Horror of the Year Volume Three, and Children of Magic, among others. Among being reprinted in a number of anthologies, her short stories have also been nominated for the Nebula Award and have been translated into Czech and Spanish. She lives in Ontario.
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1,110 ratings
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Perseus/PGW/Legato/Consortium and Edelweiss.) Xhea has no magic, but she is able to see ghosts – something she uses to her advantage. When a job to look after a ghost (Shai) for a couple of days turns into something that Xhea is afraid of, she has no idea what she has gotten herself into. What is special about this ghost? And what will happen to Xhea if she sticks around her? This was a very slow story, but the end was really good! I liked Xhea, although she did make some really poor decisions at times. I wasn’t impressed at the way she was addicted to jolts of magic either, but I did like the way she cared for Shai once she realised what was going on. The storyline in this was okay, but the pace was way too slow, and the story was confusing. The story dragged, and dragged, and then dragged a bit more, and if I hadn’t been switching between this and a couple of other books I think the way this dragged would have made me hate it. Then there were the problems with the world building/story, so much stuff was difficult to understand, and downright confusing at times, and most of the time it was a case of pushing on, even though I was confused; there’s only so many times you can keep re-reading things hoping that it will start to make sense! That being said, I did enjoy this in the end, I liked the relationship between Xhea and Shai, and I liked what I understood of the story. The ending was also good, we finally got some action(!) which I had been waiting for for what felt like forever, and the epilogue made me realise something that I hadn’t considered before! In the end, even though this story dragged and was confusing, I did enjoy it, and I liked the action at the end. I think I would be inclined to read the next book in the trilogy, but I would probably read it the same way I read this one, to try and cut down on the confusion and dragging! Overall; very slow story, but I liked it in the end, 6.5 out of 10.show more
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