Light and Dark by Moghal

Description: A French doctor, an American university student, and an English vigilante get caught up in mysterious goings on in Paris, and beyond.
Size: 731 KB ( ~ 138,619 words)
Type: Science Fiction
Sex Contents: Some Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Fa/Fa, Romantic, Lesbian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero, Extra Sensory Perception, Slow

Review by Finbar_Saunders   [other reviews by Finbar_Saunders]

Reviewed: 2007-05-18

I really don't know how I have held off for so long in providing a review of this story. I have a habit of popping out a quick synopsis after only a couple of chapters, but for some reason I have not given my input on this one; up until now.

This is one of those stories that I nearly didn't read. The opening chapter sets out a scene which depicts some pretty serious issues: bondage and slavery, even the casual death of the main protagonist's girlfriend being bound too tightly in a crate.

Those sorts of images tend to be a source of 'squickage' for me so I was going to click back without reading. For some inexplicable reason, I did not.

It might have been that I noticed the writer was British, like me. It might have been that I noticed that the locations were places I knew from when I lived in England. I don't know.

What I do know is that the story quickly spun out into a fabulous adventure.

The story involves magic, demons and some pretty brutal villains.

Our heroes: Caerys, whose own father wants to use as a sacrifice in a black magic ritual. Sophie, the french doctor and her young son Christophe who get inadvertently caught up in the chase and Gabriel, the apparently ex-SAS warrior who is charged with keeping them all safe.

The chase is on from almost the first paragraph, and leads all over the country. As it progresses, we learn more and more about who and what these people are. There's burgeoning romance, there's tons of action and even some startling transformations.

Technically, the writing is about as flawless as one could wish for. The descriptive passages lend a depth of imagery that is excellent without falling into the trap of breaking the flow of the narrative. This is one of those rare net stories that really could -- perhaps should -- be available on the shelves of a bookstore.

The story has taken quite a while to get produced, I read from his blog that Moghal has had health issues and for a while I was (selfishly I'll admit) worried that the tale would have to be abandoned. My congratulations to him that he is doing better these days and the chapters are flowing once again.

I look forward to reading the rest of the story, and I am sure you'll enjoy reading it too!

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10