Book Reviews

I See The Light (Elves After Dark 5) by Arden O'Keefe at K.S.L. Publishing

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Roger on 20-November-2020

Book Blurb

Heath had always been a misfit—a weirdo who went all over town in a tank top and shorts even on a coldest day, who claimed his dog could talk to him, and who saw this blinding light every Christmas Eve coming from the woods behind his house that no one else ever saw.

Even his mother made all sorts of excuses to stay far away from him. If it had not been for his grandma—who loved him despite all his oddness—he would never have had anyone to call his own.

The night before Christmas, with the silliest plan in mind and his coward dog tagging along, he set out to find the true source of the mysterious light he could see from his window. When he found the cheerful bunch of elves gathered around the magical bonfire, celebrating like kids high on sugar, Heath could not be more excited. Then, finding out that he was half elf and half human gave a meaning to his life, finally understanding the reason behind his weirdness.

Buddying up with a cute elf named Shea for the night, to see what it meant to possess the magic of an elf, Heath was to go on a journey to spread the gift of happiness amongst those who had been good this year. But when the night came to an end, he was asked to make a decision. Whether he should embrace the magic of the elf within him completely, or become a plain, old human, and go back to living an ordinary—though slightly odd—life, back in the world where he had never been accepted, and to the universe which didn’t have Shea in it…


Book Review

‘I See the Light’ is a delightful and endearing Christmas novella about a man named Heath who, after feeling like an outsider his entire life, discovers a new and exciting world that he never knew existed. It is an unforgettable journey into the world of the Elves, where Heath meets an exceptionally handsome Elf named Shea, and it doesn’t take long before sparks fly between the two of them. I loved how this story combines the bitterness of loneliness and exclusion with the sweet excitement of a newly found family, creating a heartfelt and memorable book. 

Though the main character, Heath, is considered an oddball by most of the townspeople who know him, he also has an enormous heart. When his newfound Elf-friend Shea takes him to witness a heart-wrenching scene, my heart broke right along with Heath’s because of his extreme desire but the inability to help, though the grim situation he witnesses is somewhat lightened by realistic dialogue and genuineness of feeling from the characters. I loved how Heath has such a sad, sweet whimsy about him, which balances perfectly with Shea’s almost stubborn determination to win the boy over.

I enjoyed how unique this story’s setting is, and I found the tale to be lush and ethereal, making me feel like I’d been enraptured by some old fairy tale that, strangely, felt completely modern at the same time. The evocative prose took me on a thrilling holiday adventure for the mind and the heart, and I really felt the magic inside of this story. The writing evokes the feeling of a myth or fairy tale and does so without creating too much distance from the characters, which is an incredibly hard line to walk.

At the end, I felt happy, hopeful, and even perhaps a tad weepy when I finished—everything you want to feel at the conclusion of a great story. Readers seeking feel-good fantasy tales with an endearing holiday message will love journeying along with Heath from when he was a five-year-old boy to the twenty-three-year-old young man who makes a startling discovery in the woods. This big-hearted book is a love letter to anyone who has felt uncomfortable in their own skin and wondered where exactly they belonged.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 111 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-November-2020
Price $2.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
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