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This review is from: Babylon 5: Summoning Light (Babylon 5 (Paperback Ballantine)) (Mass Market Paperback)
With the confirmed return of the Shadows, the Circle that rules the techno-mages have decided that to fight them is too costly, and the only option for them to survive is to go into hiding. A decision which doesn't go down well with Galen whose rage is building within him as he seeks to take revenge against those that caused the death of his fellow mage Isabelle. But with agents of the Shadows seemingly everywhere, a daring plan is formed to ensure the survival of the mages, but at what price will this plan succeed?
Following almost immediately on from the first book in this trilogy, Casting Shadows, Jeanne Cavelos' latest entry into the Babylon 5 universe is yet another masterpiece, bettering even the quality of the first of The Passing Of The Techno-Mage Trilogy. Set over a very short space of time, Summoning Light continues the Techno-mage story, and also reveals that there was far more to the B5 episode, The Geometry Of Shadows, than anyone ever imagined.
Whereas there is the bigger picture of the techno-mage's involvement with the start of the Shadow War, Summoning Light is very much the story of both Elric and Galen. Elric, the strong member of the Circle who have guided the mages for centuries, and his protégée - the headstrong Galen, wracked with guilt and doubt about himself and the mage with the deadly spell of destruction. Cavelos characterises both of these characters superbly well and she brings something to them beyond that which was seen of both of them in Babylon 5 and in Crusade. But although these two are the main characters, and dominate the story, the other characters are equally well drawn and memorable.
Cavelos' pacing of the story is tremendous, and combined with the quality of her writing it made this book impossible to put down as it races towards it's shocking conclusion. Once more the universe of Babylon 5 is brought back to life vividly in great style, Summoning Light is a book that I cannot recommend highly enough. It is a book of epic proportions which should be read and enjoyed.
If the conclusion of The Passing Of The Techno-Mages is as good as Casting Shadows and Summoning Light have been, then Invoking Darkness will be a fitting end to this wonderful trilogy.
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