Dark Light, Paperback

Dark Light Paperback

Part of the Engines of Light series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Second Sphere is thousands of light years away from Earth - if Earth still exists.

For Matt Cairns and the cosmonauts of the Bright Star, this distant corner of the galaxy is their new home.

But the Second Sphere is also home to other civilisations, lifted from their worlds by a race of god-like aliens.

On Croatan, two of these civilisations live a precarious co-existence, separated by eons of technological advance.

The arrival of the Bright Star is an event that may trigger disaster, for this is the first human-crewed starship to arrive at the ancient colony. And all the time, hidden among the stars, the gods are watching.

They have always been watching. Find out more about this title and others at www.orbitbooks.co.uk


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781841491097



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Much better than the first book in this series. Both a page turner, and with depth and intrigue

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I especially loved when gender stereotypes were broken. In one of the societies the books follow, someone is a child or a woman until they pass the test and become a man, which is defined as communing with the gods and hunting. So a young, skilled man remains a woman because he won't take the test, and some women act as men and are called men -- and this is reflected in the sexual situations in the book too. Another thing I didn't care for was the shifting tense parts of the book were written in -- I just flipped through Dark Light and spotted the change shifting from past to present to past again over the course of a few pages. But when I was actually reading it, I barely noticed that. Over the course of the books, alliances shift and change until you don't know who is on whose side -- or whether it really matters.

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