Reviewed: 2015-04-04 - (Review Updated: 2015-04-04)
If this is an accurate representation of the quality of the stories in this series, you should read them all.
There are a number of little niggling nitpicking problems with technical details about things like firearms, airports, sailboats, and basic Newtonian physics (Though the SF theme cold account for the last). No descriptive sex. Some of the interpersonal relationships between supporting cast don't make much sense.
Open admission that our knowledge of the universe will not support this story and avoidance of technobabble explanations. Protaonist is likable. Interesting story. Interesting basic idea that supports sequels of exploration and discovery and who knows what else. Time frame for learning how to se and deal with abilities is reasonable -- Neo does not learn kung fu in under a minute.
The Last Call:
If you like SF, and especially if you like multiverse stories, this one's for yo.
This isn't really just a review of just "The Light Behind the World" - it's really a review of the first three stories of the series: "The Light Behind the World", "Legion of Light" and "Children of the Light". While each story can stand on its own they really go together as a chronicle of David McKesson, his discovery of and learnings about the Light.
The story is listed as Science Fiction and I suppose that's as good a category as any but it's much more than that; it's a romance, an adventure and just plain solid piece of fiction as well. It follows Davey from a nearly 13 year old with a crush on the prettiest girl in town to a married adult with children of his own so you can be sure that sex has a place in the story but it's never the focus, or even explicit.
Davey, as it turns out, has the ability to sense, and eventually work with, an underlying portion of the universe - Light. It's pervasive but unnoticed by all but a very few, and unmanipulated for many years until Davey comes on the scene. The stories follow his as he learns more about it, first fixing a grievous breach in the substance of the world(s) then using what he has learned to help, with the assistance of friends and family, the people of Earth and other worlds.
There's not much to say about the plots beyond that they're very, very well done.
The technical quality is the one place where I find these stories lacking. They really need the efforts of a good proofreader to fulfill their promise. Mostly it's little things - a name changing between uses, i instead of I, missing words, etc.... There is one glaring hole in the plot in the first story, but it passes and the story continues on.
In the end the story is good enough to overcome the weakness of the proofreading.