Realms of Light by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads ~ Book Review + Giveaway

May 12, 2021


About the Book

Author: Sandra Fernandez Rhoads
Series: The Colliding Line, Book 2
Genre: Christian YA Contemporary Fantasy
Release date: April 13, 2021


From the Ashes, Spring Will Rise

On the run from the brutal Sage and his army of Legions and Cormorants, seventeen-year-old Cera Marlowe knows the only place strong enough to protect her is the Alliance Council Estate.

Cera’s introduction to the Estate is far from welcoming. As a Blight, her dueling powers of light and darkness make her a half-breed threat to the Alliance’s sacred powers. Cera’s ability to decipher hidden messages in classical artwork buys her shelter temporarily, but the clock is ticking as she’s faced with a daunting choice that could cost her everything.


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My Thoughts

My review for this one is going to be short but not because I didn't like the book! I didn't finish it but I have a very good reason. This is book 2 in the series and this is definitely one of those books that you must read the first book in order to understand what you are reading. At least that is the story for me. I got halfway through the book and I was getting so frustrated with myself at not understanding what was happening that I put the book down. I put the first book on hold at the library in hopes that I would receive it before I had to do my review and I am still waiting. 

Here is what I can tell you from what I have read so far. The author does an incredible job at pulling you into the story, after all I got halfway through the book! It was neat how she incorporated the poem Paradise Lost and some classic works of art too. I really enjoyed that. Although I didn't know much about the characters previous lives Cera was likeable even though at times she was frustrating. 

From what I have read so far I really enjoyed it and know that if you enjoy fantasy writing then this is the book for you! But don't be like me, get the first book first and then grab this one! I will definitely return with a more detailed review once I read both books!

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Really enjoyed it!

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author


Sandra Fernandez Rhoads is the author of Mortal Sight. She is a Cuban-Colombian living in Dallas, Texas with her husband and four children. She has a deep love for the artist community, and is an active part of Art House Dallas and the Fort Worth Writer’s group. She holds an M.A. in English with a focus on John Milton and has an insatiable love for coffee, laughter, and adventure. And dinosaurs.


More from Sandra

What if there was an unseen war affecting our everyday world, but only a few could see the battle? And what if the secrets to this other realm and winning the war were embedded in classical art and literature?

These questions led me to the ideas that formed the Colliding Line duology, and final installment in the series, Realms of Light—the story about a select group of emerging artists called the Awakened that are given unique powers to help combat the forces of evil.

The protagonist, a young girl named Cera Marlowe, quickly took the lead in the first draft of the story. On a quest for her identity, she steps into her destiny by joining a community of unlikely warriors who would need to overcome great odds, learn to work together, and battle their past in order to defeat the enemy.

The story took more than five years to write and the first draft was over 180k words. The use of classical art emerged slowly over that time. But the verses from John Milton’s Paradise Lost fit seamlessly from the start, paralleling the fight for truth, identity, and war in our fallen world.

At its core, the story is about embracing the past to help shape our future. My hope is that readers see classical art and literature in a new way, and find their own creativity as a much-needed gift to the world.

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To celebrate her tour, Sandra is giving away the grand prize package of $40 gift card, custom Bookmark, custom signed bookplate, custom Realms of Light notebook, and library book pattern book / tablet sleeve!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment

  1. Kelly-Ann, Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.