Luccan, or Lucky, is a the child of destiny in the world of Ethra, a land very unlike Earth. Having already survived much, including a dragon, Luccan returns to the Sisterhold to a mixed welcome after having saved his uncle from near death. Thurlock struggles to make his way back to Han's side while Han struggles to recover his strength. Luccan sets out to complete his bond with his powerful weapon, Ciarrah, sensing that she will be crucial for the challenges to come. All the while, young Luccan is haunted by his mother's spirit until it eventually drowns him. Only Ciarrah can save him and, if Luccan's new abilities are to be trusted, the world. With a war waging over land and in Luccan's heart, he must depend on his friends and his magical blade to banish his mother and bring light back to Ethra.
Ciarrah’s Light is a wonderfully epic fantasy, with dynamic characters and enchanting settings. Hoffmann’s tale is one to rival some of the greatest fantasy sagas, including the Eragon and Lord of the Rings series. With a relatable character facing unbelievable challenges, Hoffmann allows the reader to find themselves in Lucky’s journey while being immersed in a completely different world. Due to mature language, occasional implied sexual relationships, and an advanced reading level, I’d recommend this book for high school students only. But older readers are sure to be delighted by the fast-paced nature of the book as well as the imaginative language the author weaves into the story. Hoffmann balances drama and humor, providing much-needed variety in the story. There was an occasional information overload when the story switched between so many different perspectives, but at the same time, it was fun to watch the storylines converge. It is not a book I’d recommend for those who have not first read the first two books, as it will be easy to get lost or miss character development, but Hoffmann includes several nods and explanations related to the first books, expertly helping a potentially lost reader. I am delighted to give this beautifully-written book five stars.