Hi all! It’s OCTOBER, and you may (or may not) know that my fave holiday of the year is Halloween. Yup. For realz, and all. I get such a kick out of the dress-up thing. So, I make a point to feature as many paranormal books as I can in celebration. Today, it’s SEERS OF LIGHT, the first book in the Light Series by Jen deLucy.
about the book:
Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things-disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures-cannot be ignored.
Before it’s too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.
Jennifer DeLucy has created a unique, enchanting tale of destiny and the ageless power of love in her debut novel, Seers of Light. DeLucy’s novel charms readers with quirky characters, while sketching a haunting portrait of one woman’s journey on the path of the supernaturally gifted. But be prepared. Once you’ve entered the world of Seers, you will never be the same.
Lily is a 28 y/o single woman working in her grandparents’ convenience store when she begins to have visions. They are terrifying, and nightmares keep her awake at night. Visiting the site of her recurrent dream, Lily is attacked by a vampire–and rescued by Christian, a Sentient. He tells Lily that she is like himself–and there are others she needs to meet.
Enfolded into a small Georgia town, Lily joins Abram, William, Christian and Anna (among others) who all have gifts allowing them to see and destroy evil. Lily’s gift is as an empath, and a Pathcrosser–one who can assist lost souls cross to the other side.
Lily and Christian become fast friends, and he warns her to stay away from William–who happens to be a vampire–with a soul, and his humanity. It’s a mite complicated, but William is really a good dude, and he’s uber-helpful training Lily to focus her powers. Christian hates William out-of-hand because he hates all vamps-they killed his dad. Lily’s conflicted–she’s terrified of William and attracted to him, too. She knows having any sort of relationship with William will alienate Christian, but as time (months) go by, both William and Lily are struggling to keep their mutual attraction from combusting all over the group.
In the meantime, Lily learns to harness her power, and the entire group prepares to destroy a vampire infestation near to Lily’s home town. It’s a big trouble when Lily and William reveal their love, and especially considering Christian’s reaction.
I liked this story. Lily’s not a dimwit, and she’s not entirely likable–at first. She makes snap judgments and allows her loyalty to be swayed by prejudice. It’s a lot for her to get over, and her guilt is plentiful. I liked how she wasn’t great with her powers–at first and even after some practice. She felt very relatable–and I like that in a character. William is a big ball of yum. He is virtually isolated, barely tolerated, by some of the group members, and never anticipates having his affection for Lily returned. It’s so engaging to witness his vulnerability. Christian is a horse’s pa-toot a good part of the book, but his redemption is awesome, and touching.
This is a great start to a paranormal series, with a clear ending and a storyline to continue.
Some words from Jen:
How many times have you started reading a novel and just thought, this isn’t a character, it’s a caricature. I don’t believe anything about this character because there’s only one dimension to their whole personality. I know it’s happened to me, and nothing can take you out of a story faster.
So, how do authors write believable characters, anyway? I think the most important facet is imperfection. There are many fantastic examples of imperfect characters who we love nonetheless. Just look at Damon from The Vampire Diaries, or Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, or any popular novel series or classic book that wins the loyalty and affection of its readers and you’ll notice a common thread: Characters who often fall short of doing the right thing, who often misunderstand each other, or act like they just don’t care when, in fact, they really do. Imperfection makes it believable, but it also makes it relatable.
Part of the reason we read novels is escapism, right? We seek a world that isn’t our own to lose ourselves and forget our troubles. But I think we’re largely removed from a story when things are just too darn tidy, when characters become predictable, when they do exactly what you expect and say exactly what you’d want every time you want them to. An overly stereotyped protagonist is a boring thing, but it’s also hard for real life people to root for, because the truth is we’re all pretty messed up. It makes sense we’d want to read about people like us—imperfect people—overcoming, being loved, being hated, losing and winning. Screwing up. It makes the triumphs that much more glorious.
I kept this in mind while writing The Light Series. In fact, I even got a few comment from angry readers who felt my protagonist, Lily, was a bit of a jerk sometimes, and I took this as a strange kind of compliment. Because we are jerks sometimes. And other times we’re amazing. So which part of us wins in the end? That’s the mystery that keeps us reading, now isn’t it?
Xo Jennifer DeLucy