Friday, December 17, 2021

BLOG TOUR: Destroyer of Light by Jennifer Marie Brissett


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Award-winning Author Jennifer Marie Brissett's Destroyer of Light. Today, on our tour stop, we have a review AND a tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE.

New Adult
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Mythology Retelling
Publish Date:
October 12, 2021

New Adult
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Mythology Retelling
Publish Date:
October 12, 2021
9 hrs and 57 mins

Narrated by:

The Matrix meets an Afro-futuristic retelling of Persephone set in a science fiction underworld of aliens, refugees, and genetic engineering in Jennifer Marie Brissett's Destroyer of Light

20 Must Read Space Fantasy Books for 2021—Bookriot
Most Anticipated Fall 2021 Sci-fi, Fantasy & Horror—BiblioLifestyle

Having destroyed Earth, the alien conquerors resettle the remains of humanity on the planet of Eleusis. In the four habitable areas of the planet—Day, Dusk, Dawn, and Night—the haves and have nots, criminals and dissidents, and former alien conquerors irrevocably bind three stories:

*A violent warlord abducts a young girl from the agrarian outskirts of Dusk leaving her mother searching and grieving.
*Genetically modified twin brothers desperately search for the lost son of a human/alien couple in a criminal underground trafficking children for unknown purposes.
*A young woman with inhuman powers rises through the insurgent ranks of soldiers in the borderlands of Night.

Their stories, often containing disturbing physical and sexual violence, skate across years, building to a single confrontation when the fate of all—human and alien—balances upon a knife’s-edge.



Praise for Destroyer of Light

A 2021 Kirkus Best of the Year Book
A 2021 Kirkus Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

"[A] dark, poetic tale of struggling human colonists and ambiguously motivated aliens on a distant planet. Brissett uses the alien setting to explore contemporary issues, including racism, the complexities of allyship, and the trauma experienced by child soldiers. The author’s updated take on a classic myth is both clever and entertaining...Richly developed and profound" —Kirkus, Starred Review

Destroyer of Light is proof positive that we're living in a new golden age of science fiction.” ―Charlie Jane Anders, Hugo Award-winning author

Destroyer of Light grapples with themes of both the human and post-human experience in a way that is wholly original and seductively engaging. Brissett builds a richly layered and imaginative world that reflects much of our own―the good, the brutal, and the truly monstrous―while daring us to dream of something more. This is a tale not only of becoming and transformation, but about the choices we make that bring us to our destinations. In a time of new, meaningful, and thrilling science fiction, Destroyer of Light is a must read.” ―P. Djèlí Clark, Hugo Finalist and author of The Haunting of Tram Car 015

“A saga that combines many of sf’s most beloved tropes―a remnant of humanity struggling to survive on a far away world, aliens whose goals are dangerously unknowable, alien/human hybrids with unpredictable abilities, suspense, plot twists, and that good old sense of wonder. Hugely ambitious, impressively accomplished.” ―Karen Joy Fowler

Destroyer of Light confirms Brissett as one of our finest and most ambitious novelists. A world-spanning epic that explores and explodes what it's like to be both human and post-human. Gorgeously written and heartfelt, it's quite simply one of the best books I've read in a very long time.” ―Elizabeth Hand, author of The Book of Lamps and Banners and Curious Toys


**About the Author**
Photo Credit: Bradley Lau
Jennifer Marie Brissett has been a software engineer, web developer, and the proprietor of Indigo Café & Books in Brooklyn. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program. Her stories can be found in Lightspeed Magazine, Motherboard/VICE, Uncanny Magazine, and FIYAH Magazine amongst other publications. Her debut novel, Elysium (Aqueduct 2014) received the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation and has been a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Tiptree Award.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Well... From the start, Destroyer of Light is not an easy or light read. I found that it was very thought provoking to say the least. I also have to warn those interested in reading this should be aware of the unsettling physical and sexual violence contained throughout the novel. Otherwise, the author has written an intense and complex puzzle of storylines in which the varying characters are connected one way or the other. The world-building and the character development is deep and intricate which created this futuristic time and atmosphere that these characters had to live and endure. The multiple points of views told in each "chapter" skillfully maneuvers the story to come together towards the intriguing end.

This is definitely a read that would make you go..."hmmm."

Destroyer of Light is a brutal drama that delves into the good and the bad of humanity. I enjoyed the author's sci-fi twist to the retelling of the Persephone story. It's not about the romance... It goes deeper. Anyways, I found this read to be brutally philosophical and compelling.

So... I did a read-along with the audiobook... And, wow, the narrators did an impressive job in creating the atmosphere and feel of the story. Both didn't just narrate; they got into each character. They pulled me into this savage sci-fi fantasy world and brought the story to "life." They made reading Destroyer of Light a more compelling journey.

After reading this, I already know that this is not a read for everyone. Destroyer of Light is definitely a read for mature readers.  With the author's imaginative and gripping storytelling, this is a provocative novel that I am glad I did not pass up. I do have to say that it was a challenging (and, at times, confusing) read, but reading along with the audiobook made it mind-blowing.

Either love it or hate it, Destroyer of Light is a complex and emotional story that does make readers go... "Hmmm." I know I did...Ha!

My rating:


***The Giveaway***

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- ends December 27, 2021
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