The Last Keeper of Light is a wonderful dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell. Ms. Broadwell is a new-to-me author who came to my attention when her book showed up on my feed and the beautiful cover caught my attention. The title also intrigued me, so I read the blurb and knew right away that I would enjoy this story- which I did… The book is very original- and has A Hopi Indian prophecy as the ‘inspiration’ for the storyline. It is very creative and imaginative, with magic, secrets, survival, adventure, danger, drama, and some mysteriousness. Ms. Broadwell creates a vivid, fully realised, and believable world in which she set her story. I was transported into the world, experiencing it along with Sandal (and the others)- watching as everything unfolded.
Sandal is in a post-apocalyptic world, where survival is an hour to hour, day by day ordeal. We are told/shown what’s left of the world after everything is destroyed, the dangers that are faced by the survivors, and the difficulties they face. The world as we know it is no more- the grids are down, and everything has gone dark. Millions have died, either from the initial destruction, or later from the starvation, disease, radiation sickness- or natural disasters that followed. Sandal has a big secret that she must protect at all cost, her ‘mission’ is of paramount importance, and her success is crucial- because she literally has the future of the world in her hands.
There is so much more to the story that just a dystopian/post-apocalyptic survival story…. There is a another ‘layer’ threaded through it- one that speaks of magic, lessons to be learned, and most importantly, of hope.
This story switches back and forth from the past to the present as everything is revealed. These transitions are done quite seamlessly and there is no confusion as to ‘when’ we are in the story, or what is happening.
I also enjoyed the thought-provoking nature of the story and the ‘lessons’ that the book holds. Overall, I am quite impressed by my first foray into Ms. Broadwell’s ‘world’ and I am looking forward to reading more of her works in the future.
Thank you, Ms. Broadwell!