by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Cover Artist: Mélanie Delon
Review by Beth Slater
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765321886
Date: 09 December 2008 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
First in Bradley's Light series, we are introduced to Truth Jourdemayne, daughter of the famous Thorne Blackburn. Thorne disappeared years ago after one of his famous occultist rituals went terribly wrong, and Truth's mother died. Truth, who does not remember the evening, went to live with her mother's twin, Caroline. Being raised in his shadow breeds a profound loathing of the man she barely remembers. Because of that, Truth devotes her life to proving that everything her father stood for is false –- she becomes a parapsychologist whose duty it is to prove the paranormal false. Thirty years after his disappearance, her meek and complacent aunt reveals a secret on her deathbed –- there were others… From official release/information:
Product Description: Thorne Blackburn claimed to have magickal powers, to be able to tap into ancient wisdom. Others claimed he was a fake, cheating his many followers out of their money and destroying their free well.
The truth may never be known . . . one dark, climactic night thirty years ago, Blackburn's most powerful ritual went horribly awry, leaving his flock shattered and one woman dead. Blackburn himself vanished.
Now the scattered remains of Blackburn's followers have rallied around a new leader, the charismatic Justin Pilgrim. Hearing this, Thorne Blackburn's daughter, Truth, returns to the site of her mother's death and father's disappearance.
Truth has many unanswered questions. Where are her long-lost half-siblings? Was her mother's death an accident or murder? Is Pilgrim a charlatan, or are his claimed powers real? If he completes Thorne's ritual, will someone else die?
The answers will lead Truth to a deeply powerful truth of her own, one that will change her life forever.
(Source: Tor Books)