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Darkness Of The Light (The Hidden Earth Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) di [David, Peter]
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On the Damned World, it’s every man for himself. Only it’s not just mankind who inhabits this crumbling, desolate world. Twelve very different species, creatures out of Earth’s mythology that live on the land, in the sea, and underground, vie for survival in a hostile land.

While the bloodsucking Piri fight the one-eyed Ocular, the aquatic Merks exploit their cousins the Markene and the Sirene, and the Trulls fight among themselves as they, like the other races that unwillingly share the world after having been thrust there by a fate they don’t understand, battle for survival.

But amid the chaos of the ravaged earth there are signs of hope for a brighter future. Jepp, a woman- a human woman- is about to be carried off by two pug-ugly Mandraques who think she’d make a cool battle prize. But Karsen Foux, one of a motley tribe of bottom-feeders, can’t bear the thought of what would happen to her if she’s captured, so he gathers his courage and saves her, much to his own surprise.

Jepp joins the tribe, to the delight of Karsen and the chagrin of Zerena, the tribe’s leader. Leading a precarious existence and making bad deals with unscrupulous and powerful people, the bottom-feeders manage to survive, until they are forced to return a favor once done for them by Nagel, King of the Ocular. It seems simple enough. They must find and bring to him the legendary Orb of Light, fabled to be the key to the world’s salvation. Jepp and Karsen are somehow sure that there is a better way, if only they can unite all the peoples of the world. But they can’t even think about their own needs until they do what Nagel asked.

But as their quest for the Orb begins, none of its seekers realize that the fabled Orb, once known by a much more ominous name, could lead to the utter destruction of the only world they’ve got...


PETER DAVID is the author of dozens of books, including New York Times bestselling Star Trek: The New Frontier series, as well as the Sir Apropos of Nothing and Knight Life series. A television writer for such shows as Babylon 5, Crusade, and Space Cases [which he co-created], David is also a headlining writer for both Marvel and DC Comics, most recently the Dark Tower series based on Stephen King’s novel. He lives on Long Island.

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  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0983687714
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  • Editore: Crazy 8 Press (2 febbraio 2012)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
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Peter David is known best for his work on Star Trek novels (especially his co-created sub-series New Frontier) and his scripting for comic books (Hulk, Spider-Man, X-Factor, Fallen Angel). He had some success with his Arthur Pendragon and Sir Apropos of Nothing series, often he just works as a paid hack to promote existing features (a lot of Marvel movie novelizations, the Fables game), calling himself ironically a "writer of stuff".
So this novel here is a new stand alone feature with characters created by David himself and is intended to be the first part of a trilogy. And I think it is not only one of the best books of Peter David but in my humble opinion in its creation of a whole world of its own on par with Tolkien or Stephen King's Dark Tower. It starts as some sort of fantasy tale but turns out to be SF during the progress of the story. It is not easy to tell more without spoiling the unexpected twists and turns of the plot. Starting very slowly and introducing dozens of characters in different strings of the storyline David describes the fate of the planet Damned World with its Twelve Races on it. After having taken down humanity the Twelve Races fight among each other and are all terrorized by a mysterious Overseer who is in charge of the so called Travellers. Between subplots dealing with some of these races the story prominently follows a pack of "bottom feeders" that take a former human slave with them and slowly learn the mystery of the Orb of Light.
Although the book starts slowly David's writing shines with humor and rich characterization, after some time most of the single strands fall in line. Now I am at odds with the gods of fate and publishing because the second part of this novel is overdue. Well, this just might be because the first volume evidently did not really sell which is a shame!
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3.0 su 5 stelle Too shallow and silly for my evolved literary sensibilities.. 12 giugno 2016
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I had just finished reading Knight Life and I was in the mood for fantasy. Uh.. yeah. It was well written; Peter David is not someone who will ever deliver a poorly crafted book. But I think this was for a *much* younger audience. I was without internet for a while and this was one of the only 'fun' things on my kindle and I did finish it, but.. well, here's a few reasons not to read this book.

1. Too long. And too many races and it took too long to get to the point. I read Knight Life in under 2 days; this took like 5 and at times I felt like skimming.
2. All the races talk the same. And all the younger generation of monsters talk back to their elders using logic and reasoning that borders on being smartasses. There's seriously more diverse personality types in a single city in a single state than there is among these races.
3. If you care about mostly about Jepp and the bottom feeders, you better be a patient reader. You're gonna be reading about suicidal walrusses and Cyclops and horned up tunnel digging vampires and Jepp's adventures are only a small part of the story.. until the end.
4. The big reveal.. *minor spoiler-- I won't say what it is* But the big reveal.. is beyond stupid. They even make it a joke about how stupid the reveal is. It was so dumb in fact that I wish I hadn't read the book. I remember reading some anthropologist who I can't remember that put forth a similar 'theory', so it's not totally without merit.. but it's very dumb.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Shaky start, gripping finish, huge promise 6 giugno 2008
Di David C. Hill - Pubblicato su
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Story: This is the first volume of a new fantasy series, "The Hidden Earth," by Peter David. It's an ambitious job, as he balances a storyline that spans over eons and includes -- even in just the main setting -- a cast of several dozen scattered among multiple races and around the world.

The First Wave of the Banished (from another dimension) showed up during the reign of the dinosaurs -- and engineered those reptiles' demise before turning on each other to similar extinction. The Second Wave occurred in the Bronze Age, and established a rich mythology for humans before they were eventually wiped out. The Third Wave was much, much larger, and the different Banished races -- cyclopean Oculars, vampiric Piri, reptilian Firedraques and Mandraques, subterranean Trulls, aquatic Merks and Markenes, and sundry other species -- were more than numerous and powerful enough to nearly wipe out humanity. Now, some centuries later, the Banished -- lorded over by the Overseer and his Traveller prison guards -- have reached a point of uneasy stability ... which means that plots and counterplots among all the Banished races are about to upset everyone's balance.

David takes a huge risk by spreading the focus to the four corners of the Earth (or the "Damned World," as the Banished call it, for an amusing reason). At times, especially early on, things seem blurry, as we jump from chapter to chapter and from location to location. By the end of the book, things have radically changed, and several of the major protagonists from the first half the novel are done in by the end of the second half. It's at a point where things are just starting to gel and snap into focus ... when the book ends. If the first third of the book feels weak, the last third more than makes up for it.

Which, I suppose, is a great way to encourage folks to pick up the next book.

David does a fine job of interweaving different mythologies, a post-apocalyptic world, a huge cast, and various personal tales into what seems initially diffuse but ultimately cracklingly solid storytelling. There's just enough hint of where things are headed, and what's actually going on (albeit with a bit of perhaps too-explicit exposition late in the game) to keep my interest in Book 2 high.

Characters: As mentioned, there's a ton of characters. The herd is trimmed substantially by the end, as various plots blow up (more or less literally) in people's faces.

The huge cast means that most folks are only lightly sketched out -- on the surface at least. Looking back at it, David manages to make nearly everyone engaging on some level. Even where the roles are shallow, the shallows are at least interesting.

That said, I still really wanted to read more about practically -- well, practically everyone. Which means they are good characters, but not ideally handled.

Re-Readability: I think I could read this one again fairly soon -- the later revelations will provide some level of interest in the foreshadowing. I also suspect that, wherever David is going in Book 2 (etc.), it will make rereading Book 1 both a pleasure and, perhaps, an obligation.

Overall: David is known for a number of things. A lot of imagination. A quick grasp of character. A wry sense of humor. All three of these are on display here, and David is really at the top of his game in each.

That said, I didn't like the book as well as I wanted to. While admiring David's ability to juggle a cast of many, it still suffered (perhaps inevitably, as a setup for where he plans to take us) from too many voices and perspectives. There's 3-4 interesting novels in this one, and cramming them together takes its toll, though David still manages to pull it off, overall.

I'd recommend the book to both Peter David and F/SF fans. 'Nuff said.
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5.0 su 5 stelle My first and favorite sci-fi/fantasy book 7 settembre 2009
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As far as I can remember, this is the first sci-fi/fantasy book I've ever read. I've been a long time fan of non-fiction books, but wanted to give fiction a shot. I chose this book because I liked the cover. Prior to this book, I wasn't a fan of sci-fi or fantasy.

I didn't expect many plot twists in a book like this, but I got them. I didn't expect to become attached to or care much for any of the characters, especially since there were so many of them, but I did. And when I realized all the races were living on what we once called earth, I was hooked.

Seeing humans, both the good and bad, through the eyes of other races fascinated me. There were even thought provoking lessons to be learned. The Ocular hated the Piri simply because they knew nothing about them. Due to their own ignorance, they became slaves to their fear. And then of course, we have the Markene addiction to klaa (sounds like America's addition to media). And my favorite, Jepp's adventures. I like her most of all because she's human and representing us among the races of the damned world.

I have become a big fan of fantasy since this book, but have only come across very few books that have entertained me as much as this one. I am currently going through it for the second time.

And now, the bad part, where the hell is book 2 of The Hidden Earth Chronicles?!?!
4.0 su 5 stelle a new world well done 6 aprile 2013
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I previously read "pulling up stakes" by Peter David and loved his sense of humour. This book is a more serious, but still with light-hearted moments. I couldn't put it down and had to know what was going to happen next since I couldn't even begin to guess. Immediately after finishing it I started reading the next book in the series
4.0 su 5 stelle The Second Installment Won't Disappoint 22 novembre 2012
Di avidSFreader - Pubblicato su
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Darkness of the Light continues the story of strange goings on around Earth as humanity finds itself on the brink of extinction and the other races at war with each other. I can't wait for the third installation. Peter, don't keep us waiting too long, and thanks for bringing us the second installment.
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