Book Review~Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton


An abandoned infant, found in Prague by one of the few remaining Vampires left in the world.  A magical society ruthlessly hidden from mortals.  A love that could destroy them all.

When  Charlotte Ruzikova was found in Prague, she  instantly captured the undead heart of Valek Ruzik, a reclusive Vampire.  Valek raises Lottie as his own in the Occult, the land of magic that is kept hidden from all mortals by the Regime.  Charlotte grows up to love the enchanted world filled with magical creatures.  Although she knows she is different, she counts Elves, Witches, and Phasers among her closest friends.  As the ward of a Vampire, Charlotte lives her life in the darkness, content to serve Valek and to have him to herself.  As she grows into a young woman, she begins to yearn for more.
As Valek and Charlotte begin to sense a shift in their relationship, malefic plans were being made to rid the world of all Vampires.  The head of the Regime, Vladislov, has spent nearly twenty years plotting revenge on Valek.  His plan is to rid the world of all Vampire’s and therefore all darkness.
Aiden Price, once a close friend of Charlotte’s, has been obsessed with her for years.  As he gets closer to being named the next ruler of the Regime, Aiden plots ways to capture Charlotte so they can begin their life together.
Charlotte and Valek are forced from his home by the Regime, but they are caught.  With the unexpected help from Aiden, Valek and Charlotte escape from the Regime.  In Old Towne, they meet up with a coven of Vampires.  After a shaky start, Charlotte begins to trust their new friends and despite her humanity, they accept her as one of their own.
Magical deceptions and betrayal land Charlotte in her wedding dress.  The only question: who is the groom?
Ms. Leighton has created a very interesting magical world.  I loved the Phaser who was part man/part spider.  My favorite new creature was the burlap boy named Edwin.
I also love that the author took some liberties and put a unique spin on vampire lore.  These vampires didn’t only have to fear the rising sun because of the damage is would do to their bodies.  Each morning, the vampires would die a horrible death only to be revived again once the sun went down.  Also, after centuries of being lied to, the vampires found a way to be able to withstand sunlight.
Throughout the story I never doubted Valek and Charlotte’s feelings for one another and always maintained hope that they would find their happily-ever-after.
Shayne_Leighton Shayne’s first year out of high school (after meeting mentor, friend, and executive producer, Marcie Gorman), she penned, co-directed, and starred in the feature-length film, The Incubus a paranormal romance, which obtained distribution and opened in over fifteen theaters across South Florida among popular chains like Regal, AMC, and Cinemark. The Incubus has obtained a fan-base of over 60,000 girls online, and has garnered the attention of reporters from the Miami Herald, CBS News, and NPR Radio. Leighton also starred alongside Scream Queen, Tara Cardinal in the film, Legend of the Red Reaper. Now, 20-year-old Leighton is excited to release her debut young adult novel series, Of Light and Darkness, set in contemporary Prague as well as penning several other screenplays, a novel adaptation for Legend of the Red Reaper, an original pop/rock album, and acting in various film roles.
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