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Fall of Light by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Cover Artist: Aleta Rafton
Review by Sam Lubell
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441014682
Date: 05 May 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Nina Kiriki Hoffman has the reputation of being a writer's writer - her short story "Trophy Wives" recently won the Nebula, chosen by writers of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). Despite this, her books are difficult to fit into the usual subgenres, featuring people who communicate with inanimate objects and quasi-spiritual powers and presences. By comparison, Fall of Light may be Hoffman’s most commercial book, tying into the public’s fascination with Hollywood and containing elements of the paranormal romance subgenre (and a cover clearly designed to play up this aspect of the novel). While the book is part of Hoffman’s series of loosely connected novels and stories about an extended family with magical powers (and the main character of this book previously appeared as a minor character in A Fistful of Sky) this book can be read completely independently of the earlier books (and nowhere on the cover is there any mention that this is part of a series.)

From official release/information:

Product Description: Opal LaZelle is a special effects make-up artist, transforming actors into fantastical and grotesque creatures. Unknown to the casts and crews of the films she works on, Opal is gifted in the art of magic—and she applies more than make-up when altering an actor's features.

Her latest job requires turning Corvus Weather into a dark god of the forest. But when Corvus's performance becomes too convincing—on set and off—Opal realizes he's not acting. Something has taken possession of Corvus. Something sinister tied to the town's past, with the ability to absorb the very essence of life. Something Opal doesn't have enough power to confront, much less drive from the man she has fallen in love with.

(Source: Ace)

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