Fan Reviews

Princess of Light

Geneviève Germain

I loved it! Marie Bilodeau’s first novel was a pleasure to read. Princess of Light captured my attention from beginning to end. I fell into the story and couldn’t put the book down. Great flow in the writing; descriptive and action filled; the fantastic genre seems a perfect canvas for this writer’s creativity. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!

Kristian McMullin

I used to be quite a prolific reader of fantasy novels when I was younger, then my English Lit. Degree put an end to recreational reading for some time and it’s been years since I’ve picked up this type of book. I must say that the first book in the Princess of Light Series has rekindled my love of this genre by immersing me back into a world that has all of the familiarity of the right elements; magic, warriors, love, tragedy, struggle, hope and the courage and determination to stand up for the things you believe in, things you are destined for.

This wonderfully crafted story examines the paths that are set out before a Princess who’s coming of age has brought her many more decisions than she had bargained for. Joined by a mysterious warrior woman who’s commitment to uphold the same oat her father was bound to guides her fight, and a sorceress who’s quest to restore her teacher’s name uncovers layer after layer of deceit and treachery, our unlikely band of heroines share a journey of discovery, disaster and determination.

As banished darkness returns to their world, and the shadows grow stronger and more fearful with each passing night, we find our group struggling to search for the truth and justice that can banish the darkness from enveloping the souls of the unsuspecting inhabitants of a world that has once been saved from a fate that now looms again.

Although this story provides a great set of role models for young girls to identify with, the magic, adventure, fighting and varied antagonists provide a wealth of stimulation that animates the story and will capture that attention of any reader, boy or girl, young or old, who identifies with the eternal fight of lightness against the dark.

I extremely enjoyed reading this novel and am eagerly anticipating the rest of the tale.

Matthew Yeo

Normally, I don't find myself drawn to High Fantasy, with its Princesses, grand heroes, dastardly villains and world-shattering events. I'm much more of a knife-fight in an alley over a few coppers kind of fantasy fan. Princesses are too, well, frilly.

All the same, though, I like this Princess Cassara. Go figure.

Maybe it is because she starts from what has to be a kindgom in name only, being just the village and a small manorhouse. Maybe it is because she loses most of her family early on and has to fend for herself. Maybe it's because she's loyal and brave and kind-hearted, but still sneaks out at night. Maybe it's just because I like witches and sorceresses far, far too much. Regardless, she's an engaging character and very humanly drawn.

The book is a coming of age story, and like the story goes, she'll discover her powers, discover her limits and discover her inner strength. It is to Ms. Bilodeau's credit that the character draws us in and takes us along on her ride. You'll run the gamut of emotions as you follow her on her journey.

But that's not all you get for your money. There's two more protagonists wound in, on different paths and coming from different backgrounds. Ultimately, this isn't a single book, but the first perspective of a three part opus. Each of the three heroines, Cassara, Shirina, and Avarielle will be treated to their own book, but are also very subtly wound together through the other two. What starts as a simple tale becomes very nuanced, with three very different women bound on a grander path that will thrust them against a darkness that hasn't been seen for a thousand years.

If this is an example of what a small electronic press can produce, I'm in like flint for book two.

Hubert Chan

Sorcerers, royalty and warrior-heros are often key characters in fantasy stories, but that all three in this novel are women gives a perspective not often seen in the genre.

Princess of Light drew me quickly into the story, and I found myself reading faster and faster as perils were faced, and intriguing revelations about the characters came to light.

Though expecting a cliffhanger, the ending still caught me off guard, and I can't wait for the next book to see what trials await our hero(ine)s.

Nicole Soucy

Princess of Light - You just can't say enough great things of this book.

First and foremost, I don't read Fantasy books and Princess of Light was my first introduction to the world of Fantasy. I couldn’t put this book down; I read it in one sitting. Princess of Light is an enthralling tale of three women battling their own demons yet come together to save their world of invading hordes. You feel connected to the characters Cassara, Shirina, and Avarielle, and can't help but want to turn the page and join them on their journey. It has everything from magic to monsters, tears and fears and strength and resolve making Princess of Light a must read.

I love the book so much I’ve purchased several copies and have given it to family and friends. The book has received rave reviews from everyone (some have missed their subway or bus stops because they were too consumed with the story) and all impatiently await the release of book 2 (Warrior of Darkness).

Julia Miles

This was one of those 'I can't stop turning the page' books — I didn't want it to end. Look forward to the next two!

Anne-Marie Gagnon

I read a lot of fantasy, but this book about coming of age in a hostile world stands apart. New monsters, new magic, new motivations. It's imaginative, clever, enthralling… and the author displays a good sense of humour. The characters are complex and none are purely good or evil; most of them are females, which is refreshing. I loved it so much I bought some for friends, a twelve-year old cousin and my mother. This is a story that can appeal to a wide audience. In fact, my little cousin loved it so much she wants her school to make it par of their curriculum. I only have one complaint: that the second book isn't out yet!!

Jessica Torrance

Princess of Light follows the separate yet intertwining paths of three young women caught up in a story with all the trappings of a gripping fantasy tale, from magic to monsters to mythology. Yet the true wonder of the book is the very humanity of its central characters, Cassara, Shirina, and Avarielle. Each character is lovingly crafted and imbued with life by the author, and the reader is compelled to turn the pages faster to follow the three women (and the other characters that surround them) down a path fraught with danger, drama, laughter and tears.

Bilodeau weaves a tight and colourful story bright with imagination and suspense. A promising debut novel from a budding star on the storytelling scene (both oral and written). By the end of the first novel, the reader is left counting down the days until the next installment in the story arrives!

Kerri Melchior

Princess of Light is a great coming-of-age fantasy adventure with aspects that will appeal to everyone from teens to middle-aged readers. Although set in a fantasy world, complete with magic, swordfights, and mystical creatures, the author weaves in familiar elements from our own world making the book easily accessible to someone who hasn’t read fantasy before. The Author uses simple prose to present complex plotlines involving religion, politics, and mystery in a way that makes the book a joy to read.

The plot follows three female characters who are independent and self-sufficient, but who find ways of working together to further their causes. This is a refreshing change from the usual male-based fantasy more commonly found on bookstore shelves. Considering the large number of female fantasy readers out there, it’s about time.>

Katherine Gallant

Princess of Light was a riveting tale that entrances you and carries you into another world filled with excitement, adventure and danger. It was a fantastic ride that I personally can't wait to continue with the next book.

Karen Henderson

This book was not merely story but a journey. The characters quickly pull you into their lives, their surprises, and their struggles. You can't help but go along for the ride. I can hardly wait to continue the adventure in book 2.

Heather Gardener

What was supposed to be a typical trip into the village turned into a life changing event for Princess Cassara. Learning that there were creatures she knew nothing about lingering in the cliffs below her father’s castle and that she herself was able to conduct magic should have been enough for her. Unfortunately fate has a bigger plans. After the death of her father, the King and her little brother’s disappearance, Cassara is sent, by her brother-in-law, to be married off to a Prince from another land. On the way Cassara learns many things, meets new friends and enemies, and has to make some very difficult decisions.

Discovering that things within the Circle, a governing body of witches, were not as settled as the lands thought, and that perhaps they had become corrupt and were trying to take over all the magic was a blow to Cassara and her friends. They had worked hard to keep the darkness at bay, and the very body they trusted may be inviting it in. As the small group works hard to protect themselves and their people they realize that the battle they are fighting is bigger than any of them realized.

Marie Bilodeau writes a tale of adventure, magic and self-discovery that is uniquely woven in a wonderous way. Cassara is a fabulous heroine who discovers that within herself she has the power to be more then she realized. Her friends are well written characters who bring the story to life with their own look at what is going on. Having someone from both sides of the current war be a part of the group is a great way for the reader to see the differences the women believe and how they overcome them. The magic, the magical creatures and the lands themselves make for a story that will enchant its readers for the entire story. The characters themselves will pull the reader in. I cried, I laughed, I got angry and I loved every minute of the entire thing. This novel is the start to a series lovers of fantasy will want to get their hands on.

Warrior of Darkness

Kerri Melchior

If you’re looking for a good sword and sorceress fantasy, look no farther. The second book in the Heirs of a Broken Land series will satisfy your craving and leave you anxious for book three.

Like the preceding book, Princess of Light, Warrior of Darkness is a fast paced fantasy full of action and excitement. Not only does the reader get to return to the lands of Graydon and Elihor, but we get to explore those lands in more depth, uncovering age old secrets, alliances, and betrayals. We also get to reconnect with the main characters of the first book and follow Cassara, Avarielle, and Shirina as they encounter new challenges, new foes, and new choices. The question is, will their choices lead to salvation, or destruction?

Karen Henderson

This second book in the trilogy picks up right where Princess of Light left off, and it doesn't hold back any punches. You are thrown right into the depths of the struggles, discoveries and adventure. Be sure you have large chunks of time available to read — you won't want to put it down!