Official Review: Lightwarriors by Brian L. Jackson

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Official Review: Lightwarriors by Brian L. Jackson

Post by prospero360 » 18 Apr 2019, 06:00

[Following is an official review of "Lightwarriors" by Brian L. Jackson.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Lightwarriors, by Brian L. Jackson, is a sci-fi story that revolves around Charlene "Charlie" MacLeod. She was born with the power of pyrokinesis. This made her and her family a target for the NSA, as they aimed to capture and weaponize her. Following the death of her parents, Charlie connected with and was adopted by David McAuliffe and his wife, Catherine, who also had powers. David teaches Charlie about the origin of their powers and the existence of "Lightwarriors" who use their powers to protect human life from "Dark Knights" who look down on normal humans and use their powers to satisfy their selfish desires. Together, Charlie, David, and Catherine attempt to evade being captured by the NSA and the "Dark Knights." Revelations about the extent of Charlie's powers are made, and she realizes that she is destined for much more than living on the run. Can she reach her true potential?

Lightwarriors was quite an emotional, empowering, and thought-provoking read for me. It will be very easy for readers to connect to the main character, Charlie, as readers will follow her journey from the point of her delivery. The readers will experience her struggle with controlling her powers and the dangers her powers pose to her. We follow her as she struggles to retain her innocence as a child despite being exposed to an abnormal life and how wicked the world can be. The strong start to the story, as the author dives straight into the action, is bound to keep readers hooked to the story as well.

The author does a very good job in character development and character description. It also helped that too many characters weren't included in the story, and this ensures that the story won't be complex for readers, with regards to telling the difference between the characters. The main characters are given likable features but also have bad sides, and the reader will enjoy seeing the main characters grow and how events affect them and their decisions later in the story. The villains, especially Eric Kain (the leader of the "Dark Knights"), were also easy to connect to, as I understood their goals and motivations. Eric's sense of humor and thought-provoking statements and questions made me question a lot of what I believe. He questions the meaning of good and evil and talks about how humans tend to justify wars and all the lies we tell ourselves to believe that we are not evil. My only issue with respect to the characters was how little Catherine's role was throughout the story. It was very easy to forget that she was a part of the story at times.

Furthermore, reading Lightwarriors felt like reading two books compressed into one. Parts of the story followed Charlie and her father's journey as they tried to evade the NSA before her father was killed. The other part follows Charlie's journey with David and Catherine after the death of her father. However, the book kept alternating between the two parts. This was quite confusing at times, and I would have preferred a chronological arrangement of the events in the book or putting both parts in separate books. With respect to editing, I would say that Lightwarriors is not well edited. Even though most of the errors I found were minor errors, they occurred too frequently.

Overall, Lightwarriors was an enjoyable read. The story was quite long though, but I barely noticed it as it was fast-paced and filled with a lot of action and suspenseful scenes. Another theme the book explored was revenge and forgiveness, as we follow Charlie's struggles with confronting those that wronged her and her family. I enjoy reading sci-fi novels, and I'm pleased to say that Lightwarriors didn't disappoint. The different themes explored in the book brought something different from what I've read in other sci-fi stories. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book's editing convinced me against giving maximum stars. Besides that, I would recommend Lightwarriors to lovers of sci-fi and mystery stories.

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Post by Nyambura Githui » 24 Apr 2019, 02:47

Charlie's journey sounds so captivating. It's the kind of book I'd enjoy reading. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Ellylion » 24 Apr 2019, 05:41

Sounds like an engaging read. The cover of the book caught my eye as well :) I would like to give this story a try, although I too find annoying when two story lines are mixed in one book. Thank you for this great review!

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Post by diana lowery » 24 Apr 2019, 06:12

Your description of how there are two stories in one interested me. I have read books where this was successfully done and books where it didn't work. It sounds like this was one where it was confusing. I guess the author should have stayed chronological.

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Post by kandscreeley » 24 Apr 2019, 07:45

It's too bad about the editing, but I appreciate how well done the characters are. It sounds like an interesting premise; one that I'm going to have to look into further. Thanks so much!
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 24 Apr 2019, 09:07

Charlie sounds like she would have to be a very strong person to deal with the loneliness that might come along with having special powers. Sounds like a captivating story!

Great review!

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Post by 8amaseter » 24 Apr 2019, 10:54

The story seems interesting, even though the book appears not to be in chronological order. Further editing will be better, your review is great.

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Post by sri varshini303041 » 24 Apr 2019, 11:49

Reminds me of the mutants in X-Men series. I can see how poor minuscule errors can affect the reading process.Thank you for the detailed review.

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Post by reneelu1998 » 24 Apr 2019, 13:26

This sounds like an enjoyable sci-fi read. I love a book with good character development and description. I might have to check this book out. Thanks for the review!

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Post by DogoMulla » 24 Apr 2019, 14:11

I didn't see 'Lightwarriors' coming. That's a fresh one. I wouldn't mind another vengeance story. Your review is detailed and excellent.

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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 24 Apr 2019, 15:55

I am not quite the sci-fi nerd that other people in my life are. The quality of the story has to be pretty high for me to enjoy it, like Star Wars good. This one probably isn't for me, but I'll keep it in mind for other people. Thanks for the awesome review.

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Post by Prisallen » 24 Apr 2019, 22:19

This story sounds intriguing and, since I like science fiction, I will have to add it to my list of books to read. Thanks for a great review!

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Post by IamShing » 25 Apr 2019, 07:54

Science fiction is usually intriguing, perhaps this one offers the same thrill and action. By the sound of your review, this was truly interesting.
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Post by danielleamy » 25 Apr 2019, 09:07

I think I'd enjoy this according to the book description you gave. Although I may struggle with the flipping between stories within the book. I usually find this annoying if it's not done really well. Thanks for the review!
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Post by kdstrack » 25 Apr 2019, 22:37

I like a sci-fi book with a new twist. Your comment about the pages flying by is high praise for the author's writing. This looks good. Thanks for your interesting review.

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