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August 19, 2014

Loved It: Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

Series: Towers Trilogy 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Publisher: Talos
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Fantasy
Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast—no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers.

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body—any body—so that it can regain its position, while the Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless—until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.

With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.
More like 3.5


I don't really know what I was getting myself into when I got RADIANT by Karina Sumner-Smith, all I know is that it has magic and ghosts and I thought I can't go wrong with that.


Reasons to read Radiant

  1. For the unspecified genre and world building . RADIANT has that dystopian feel to it but it's not exact. The MC's are teens but the story didn't give that YA vibe. It's ageless and fantasy, though all encompassing, is the best way to classify this. I love the concept of the RADIANT world, it's run and motivated by magic. The people live to feed their respective Towers and there's a local government-like group that runs each Tower like a corporation, it has to be efficient and brimming with magic otherwise they risk being taken over by a more powerful Tower.

  2. There is no romance (Yay!) for you who are curious but RADIANT has a great friendship story though.

  3. Xhea is a likable heroine, flawed but rises to the occasion. She has a street urchin attitude but she's loyal, relentless, and resilient. I consider Shai a main character too, she may be a ghost but she's the catalyst of the entire novel. Their friendship isn't mushy or even girly, it gradually evolved due to their circumstances.

  4. I love the whole concept behind Radiants. They're like super magical humans that generates so much magic that they can power a Tower. They're rare though so getting/being a Radiant is akin to a unicorn.

  5. There's a small cast of characters and as RADIANT is told in the third person point of view, it was easy to keep track of who's who and their specific roles in that whole mess of things.

  6. RADIANT, in essence, is a magical ghost story! Magic! Ghosts! Oh my!

However look out for...
  1. The book is cut in three parts and part two dragged a little bit. RADIANT is maybe 50 to 75 pages longer than it should be.

  2. As I prefer character driven books, RADIANT is plot driven. It wasn't a deal breaker but the pace of character driven books IMO is much better.

  3. We never really know what Xhea is, where she came from, what her magic is, etc.

I liked RADIANT enough, KSumner-Smith created a great world filled with magic and ghosts and the fact that it straddles a few fantasy genres made it even better. RADIANT's not cookie cutter and it has a few unique elements to it that makes it stand-out. Definitely worth giving this one a try.









35 comments:

  1. It's rare not to have romance but I like them too, it's fun to have something different. And like you're saying it magic and ghosts are always a good mix. thanks for introducing me to the book.

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    1. I believe this is right up your alley, I hope you try it soon!

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    1. I wish the cover was different. Oh well, different strokes

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  3. Even with the dragging of part two it sounds like this is worth the read. I love anything to do with ghosts and magic. I think I need to add this one to my review pile!

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    1. I hope you get to give it a try soon!

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  4. Awesome review, Braine! I think I'd really enjoy Radiant, even if it's a little slow in the second part. Xhea sounds like my kind of heroine, especially because she has no magic, and just has to learn how to live her life anyway!
    Happy reading :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I think that is the case with first books in fantasy, they have to position things so it sort of slow somehow. Hopefully with that out of the way the next one would be faster paced

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    2. Yeah world building has to be done, for sure.

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  5. I do find it refreshing when there's no romance in a book. I'm all for a relationship developing into romance in a series though. And I'm so glad that this book focused on friendship instead! I don't read a lot of fantasy but I do get my moods and like giving new authors a try. I will def try this one out, I just have to keep in mind of the laggy parts. But Xhea does sound like an awesome character 😀

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    1. I'm just one person, for all we know you might find things more to your speed. Let me know if you do try it!

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  6. Hmm I'm going to pass because I like smut in my books. This one does sound pretty interesting though.

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  7. Glad you enjoyed it Braine! Probably not the one for me. I'm like Melissa. I needs my smut. lol Though a good friendship is nice to read about too sometimes.

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  8. I sometimes like books that are more about the world building. This one sounds like something that I could enjoy. Not everything has to have smut. Friendship is always a good basis for any relationship going forward.

    Grace

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    1. Oh yeah, I skip the sex scenes sometimes, I'm fine with zero romance, I prefer it sometimes even.

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  9. I like the sound of this one. The worldbuilding sounds incredible.

    Enjoyed the review, Braine!

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  10. Oh wow, I wonder how long it's been since I've read a book without romance. I'm glad you liked Radiant!

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  11. This book really does sound very unique! I love the sound of the world building and the fact that there are friendships instead of romance! :D

    I am glad you enjoyed this, Braine!

    Lovely review! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Thanks Rashika, I hope you can check this out soon. I know you like good fantasy too!

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  12. I'm a character driven person too. It does sound unique, which I like. I may get to it at some point, but my TBR list is so long right now, I just don't know when. Great review.

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    1. Ha! You're not alone, I wish I live in Jupiter sometimes so I can get longer days

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  13. I prefer character driven books too. But I do love that romance is not in it. It's a nice change.

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  14. Magic ghost ! Awesome review ;) (love the cover too !)

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    1. Thank you and it's an awesome first book too!

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  15. I like the fact that it's not cookie-cutter but I do prefer character driven stories, myself. Xhea sounds like a great heroine even if we don't learn everything about her. I'll keep this one in mind. :)

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    1. I hope the next one will be more character driven now that the world has been established. Thanks Brandee!

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  16. Yeah, I'm going to have to go with Melissa & Anna...I love my romance ;p

    Rocking review Braine, no cookie cutter and unique...that ain't bad at all ;D

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    1. That's aight, we all have our preference. Glad to give y'all the lowdown :)

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  17. SOLD. I love touch-as-nails street urchin characters and being powerful enough magically to . . . power entire buildings sounds awesome. I can slog through the slow bits for a story this good. Great review, Braine!

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    1. I know this is on your TBR, looking forward to your review :)

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