Book View: Lightbringer

Book View: LightbringerLightbringer by K.D. McEntire
Series: Lightbringer #1
Published by Pyr on November 15th 2011
Pages: 300

Wendy has the ability to see souls that have not moved on—but she does not seek them out. They seek her. They yearn for her . . . or what she can do for them. Without Wendy’s powers, the Lost, the souls that have died unnaturally young, are doomed to wander in the never forever, and Wendy knows she is the only one who can set them free by sending them into the light.
Each soul costs Wendy, delivering too many souls would be deadly, and yet she is driven to patrol, dropping everyone in her life but her best friend, Eddie—who wants to be more than friends—until she meets Piotr.

Piotr, the first Rider and guardian of the Lost, whose memory of his decades in the never, a world that the living never see, has faded away. With his old-fashioned charms, and haunted kindness, he understands Wendy in ways no one living ever could, yet Wendy is hiding that she can do more than exist in the never. Wendy is falling for a boy who she may have to send into the light.

But there are darker forces looking for the Lost. Trying to regain the youth and power that the Lost possess, the dark ones feed on the Lost and only Wendy and Piotr can save them—but at what cost?

Lightbringer is a YA urban fantasy/romance set in a world a breath away from our own. Similar in tone to Tithe and Unleashed, Lightbringer tiptoes down the line between love and horror as Wendy discovers herself and the darkest parts of the afterlife.

Short & Sweet: This retelling of Peter Pan is quite interesting. Wendy is a lightbringer, a human that can see ghosts and helps them move on to where they belong. Piotr is the first Rider and helps the Lost, the children ghosts who are stuck in the in-between. When they first meet is the first time Wendy sees a ghost, after a car crash in which her best friend Eddie lost his father. When she sees him years later, he does not remember her. Together they must figure out who is gathering the soul eating ghosts of the world to do her bidding. Yet, Piotr does not know that she is a lightbringer, a scary thing to him, that takes the ghosts away forever. Wendy herself is on a mission to find her mother's soul, which is lost in the ghost world as her body lays comatose. I found this one to be quite a complex tale that really drew you in. I hope that the sequel will be coming soon as it left on a bit of an unclosed ending.
Final Verdict: If you want to see a kick butt Wendy, read this one. If you like paranormal, read this one. It might not be for everyone, but it was a good read for me.

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