Dead of Light Plot Overview:
Possessing no talent of his own
in a family that values power over all else, Ben Macallan, has always been an
The Macallan clan is a large,
prominent and ‘powerful’ family who have a strange and ruthless stranglehold on
the city. Their powers come from the night and they use them mercilessly to
control their territory. Ben is the black sheep of the family and wants nothing
to do with them or their power. It has not been easy to distance himself, but now
at university he has finally begun to make a life for himself outside their
sphere of influence.
Ben’s new life comes
crashing to an end when someone starts picking off members of his family and
killing them brutally in a manner that echoes their own family’s power. Ben
soon realises that the killer is targeting the weakest members of the family and
with no power of his own, Ben is the weakest of them all.
Ben finds that the ties that
bind are stronger than he ever knew. He must put the past behind him to
confront his family and take responsibility for his life or he and those he
loves may not have a future.
Dead of Light is a unique and interesting story with a lot of depth. The
publisher lists it as horror (and I will say some of the death scenes are not
for the faint of heart) but it is also so much more. It’s about identity and
family and has a great murder mystery plot to keep you interested right up to
the end. You will find yourself drawn into this dark and disturbing world right
character of Ben is complex and relatable, sometimes annoying and insecure, but
overall you can see his development throughout the novel as he grows up and
discovers himself. The supporting characters are strong and well
written and help to round out the story.
The plot and writing are
both top notch, the story is fast paced and exciting with lots of action and a
bit of magic sprinkled in for your enjoyment. What I liked is that the story does
not rely on magic or hit you over the head with it. The magic in the story builds
slowly along with the suspense and becomes just another great story element
used to tell this tale of Ben and the Macallan family. This means that even if you are
not a usual fan of the genre you might find that this book is worth checking
out, however if you like your mysteries firmly rooted in the mundane this book would
not be for you.
Comments and Overall Rating:
This was the first book of Chaz
Brenchleys’ that I read and I have since gone on to read lots of his other novels.
Some of his other work is vastly different but I have never been disappointed,
the writing is always amazing and he has some brilliant stories to tell. If you
have not read Chaz Brenchley then what are you waiting for, he is a very
talented writer, and if you have then you know what I am talking about.
Light Series: 1. Dead of Light, 2. Light Errant