Before True Light: The Awakening 2nd Edition

Rated 5.00/5 based on 13 reviews
The fate of the world is uncertain...A secret society, historical protectors of mankind and thought to have been lost for centuries, re-emerges in dire times. When a sinister madman emerges and threatens the balance of harmony, a young girl realizes her quest for purpose.
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 60,600
Language: Canadian English
ISBN: 9781301170999
About Sarah Buchynski

Sarah Buchynski is a young author that primarily writes Young Adult Fantasy using powerful imagery to captivate her readers. Her latest work, Before True Light: The Awakening has begun to captivate readers across the globe.
In her early teens, Sarah began to dabble in poetry due to her fascination with Edgar Allen Poe. At sixteen, she had her first poem, The Gift, professionally published through an anthology. Since then Sarah has had a few more of her works of poetry published but on a much smaller scale. Today she continues to write poetry, but not for publication.
When Sarah is not focusing on her writing career, she focuses on her audio engineering career and sometimes fusing the two together. Sarah independently composes scores for book trailers and designs all audio aspects needed and takes on other audio-based projects when she can.

Reviews

Review by: Sue Owen on March 08, 2014 :
This is a delightful coming of age story in a time when you truly had to know who you were. It has a nice setting and the story moves along pretty quickly. I like the author’s use of description to paint a picture of what this world is like and how there is no doubt who the heroine is but some doubt as to how she’s going to fulfill her destiny.

The writing is good and the story is a classic one but well worth reading. I like the use of magic and how it’s explained as well as the interaction between the characters. The main character is strong and just gets stronger toward the end of the book. You definitely want to root for her in her hour of need and cry when she tries to give up. Well worth reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Yuki22 on Jan. 24, 2014 :
I made an account just to review this book because it deserves recognition.
The story line is very well thought out. I have a feeling that once there are more books out I will have to go back and reread this. There is more to this book than just a story - that's the impression I got. The story itself is very addictive and even though it is fantasy based it is believable that the actions and events could actually happen. The characters seem human and how they speak is very natural. At times the story could be a bit dark. I liked how Izanami had to force herself out of her loner ways once she somewhat accepted her destiny - even though it got her into trouble sometimes.
The writing itself is very smooth and it flows well.
Something to consider: this is the first in a series so readers shouldn't expect every little detail to be revealed.
Even though it's considered YA, I think people of YA and older would enjoy this book and so I recommend it if you like to get lost in another world.
(review of free book)

Review by: Mikoto Tanaka on Nov. 10, 2013 :
Awesome!! Where is the next one?? I love books that can really paint a picture in my head and that really works well in fantasy-based books. I also could really relate to the characters..they seemed so life-like.
(review of free book)

Review by: Nicky Tyler on Oct. 01, 2013 :
I wonder why a publishing company has not picked up this book yet?? It's so good!!
I highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a great story with a strong female lead or just looking for a great story in general.
(review of free book)

Review by: Stacy Shmit on Sep. 25, 2013 :
I simply loved the book! I can't wait for the next one! The character development was well thought out and were very believable. I really enjoyed how descriptive the author was. It really painted a picture in my mind what the characters looked like and the surroundings. I had to re-read a few parts because I noticed so many interconnections throughout the storyline, which made it that much more enjoyable because it made you think and reflect. The Awakening is much more than just a story. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to get lost into a story!!
(review of free book)

Review by: kat on June 11, 2013 :
Awesome and exciting storyline, but frustrating because I can't find additional installments..where are they! I need more!!!
(review of free book)

Review by: K R Morrison on May 17, 2013 :
Secluded in an unreachable and mostly-forgotten forest, a thriving society goes about its business. Their people are, for the most part, gifted and special. Education includes practicing and developing their special talents. The rest of the world has forgotten that they even exist.

However, their very presence in the world is essential to its survival. For they hold the key, and the secret, to the workings of black and white magic.

Izanami and Zane are two of the more promising students. Easily mastering the arts of black heka and white heka, inasmuch as anyone can, they are looked up to by the younger students and admired by their peers.

These two lives are changed forever as the result of a practice fight between the two of them. They are struck by more force than either thought they were capable of, and plunged into a world between life and death.

In this realm, Izanami meets her Beast Guardian, a chimera named Amyntas, and learns that she is much more than a mere teenage girl in the Red Mage line. When she awakens at last and tells the elders what has happened, they know without a doubt that she is the prophesied Warrior of Light.

Not much later than this, the village is attacked by outsiders, and Izanami and Zane are plucked out of the melee by Amyntas and set down near the outskirts of a city. Here they meet General Kyros, who introduces them to his King. They plan together to rescue the youngsters who have been taken by the enemy forces.

Bad becomes worse, as the rescuers learn who they are up against, and that he holds a mysterious pendant that turns the Mage Warriors powerless.

Returning, wounded and disheartened, they soon learn that their enemy has loosed an army of his own making, and that it is heading out to destroy the world. Izanami, in her role of Warrior of Light, takes the lead, albeit reluctantly, with General Kyros by her side and Zane as her protector.

War comes to the city–and the villagers, young and old, take up the fight. Success will go to the most powerful–or will it?



Wow, what a terrific book. I took my time reading it, because there is so much rich detail and fantastic storyline. In my opinion, this is one book that would make an excellent graphic novel. I could really see every character in my mind’s eye–their loves, their fears, their insecurities, and their bravery. Their interactions with each other made them even more memorable.

It’s definitely a Part I–readers should keep in mind that, like Tolkien, some stories cannot be contained in one book. This is one series I really need to keep reading–I hope Ms. Buchynski has another one up her sleeve!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Home Wrecker on April 06, 2013 :
 I am so impressed with the sophistication in the writing. Before True Light: The Awakening is wildly creative and different from any other fantasy story I have read thus far. The only thing I can compare it to is Digitus 233 by K.D. Emerson and that is a huge compliment!

There was so much thought and intelligence that went into this novel. It was as if each word was hand picked with special consideration. This is not just a great tale but a true piece of art. I love how the author articulates the story with such ease. It had to be a difficult story to produce but the words flow harmoniously with vigilant precision. This book is clear and easy to follow. From the moment I picked it up I was drawn to the likable characters and the beautiful landscaping. I was hooked from the start and my interest only increased the further I got into the story.

Even though this is a YA fantasy story I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good book or is just looking to escape into another world.



“A man in a red leather trench coat appeared from the shadows. The men with guns lowered their weapons. He pulled back his reddish-brown hair from his face, letting it rest just at the shoulders, and his eyes were exposed. They were a fierce blue, and his cold gaze intimidated all who was around him. The pupils glinted with the fires burning around all of them. He was young, but his face had tell-tale expression that he was no stranger to battle. If one had the courage to study his countenance for a time, which no one ever dared because of his piercing gaze, one might almost detect an expression of a shattered innocence."
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Home Wrecker on April 06, 2013 :
 I am so impressed with the sophistication in the writing. Before True Light: The Awakening is wildly creative and different from any other fantasy story I have read thus far. The only thing I can compare it to is Digitus 233 by K.D. Emerson and that is a huge compliment!

There was so much thought and intelligence that went into this novel. It was as if each word was hand picked with special consideration. This is not just a great tale but a true piece of art. I love how the author articulates the story with such ease. It had to be a difficult story to produce but the words flow harmoniously with vigilant precision. This book is clear and easy to follow. From the moment I picked it up I was drawn to the likable characters and the beautiful landscaping. I was hooked from the start and my interest only increased the further I got into the story.

Even though this is a YA fantasy story I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good book or is just looking to escape into another world.



“A man in a red leather trench coat appeared from the shadows. The men with guns lowered their weapons. He pulled back his reddish-brown hair from his face, letting it rest just at the shoulders, and his eyes were exposed. They were a fierce blue, and his cold gaze intimidated all who was around him. The pupils glinted with the fires burning around all of them. He was young, but his face had tell-tale expression that he was no stranger to battle. If one had the courage to study his countenance for a time, which no one ever dared because of his piercing gaze, one might almost detect an expression of a shattered innocence."
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jared Banks on March 05, 2013 :
The Awakening is an excellent first book in the series of Before True Light. It combines fantasy elements with science in a way that connects together naturally. The story is packed with action, adventure, sadness, excitement, drama, and so much more. Scenes are depicted in vivid imagery that leaves the reader consumed in the story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: TT on March 03, 2013 :
This book is written in a style that is packed with imagery (but does not over do it). It felt like as I was reading, I could clearly see the scenes in my mind as if I was watching a movie or even playing a video game.

The plot and characters were well developed. Almost instantly, I could understand he characters' personalities as if they were real people and it helped that the characters were very believable.

The storyline has a great balance of action and drama. I could really immerse myself in the story.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy. I, personally, cannot wait for the next part of the story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: KC on Feb. 28, 2013 :
The plot was very well-written and developed and totally unique. I loved how the author used imagery to create the scenarios in my mind. It felt like I was watching a movie.

The characters were really well-done as well. Almost instantly I could relate to them and understand their personalities.

I also enjoyed the balance of drama and action. There were some "omg I can't believe that just happened" moments. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Harris on Feb. 23, 2013 :
Awesome storyline, awesome characters! The struggle between good vs. evil made me want to keep reading to find out what happens next and how it all ends. I can't wait for the next instalment to find out more!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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