Excellent. So Much Emotion.
5 out of 5 stars
I finished up the fifth book in the series, The Bright Beast, so I knew what I was in for. But this was so much more.
You know it’s going to be a tearjerker when the narrator, Steve Campbell, tweets you this:
@brians_books I agree, coming back to this series was like coming back to a very dear old friend. @TheAlexKnowles_ wrote an incredible tale and it was my honor to bring it to the spoken word. (I’ll send you tissues for the next one Brian) @audible_com @AudioFileMag https://t.co/OzmkeocUXK
— Steve Campbell (@stevecampbellvo) August 18, 2022
I have lots of thoughts about The Bright Escape; I can’t talk about a lot of them because it would be a major spoiler, not only for this book but for the rest of the series. I just want to applaud Knowles’ ability to write characters, story arcs, and entire series’ that make me fall in love with everything about them. I thought that I’d found everything there was to love about the Bright Lord or the people and animals around him, but I wasn’t even CLOSE to done yet.
I give a slight spoiler warning because this thing happens later in the book, but I need to talk around it a bit. There’s a scene about being “drawn” to someone that happens later on that for about 30 minutes straight, I had this goofy smile on my face. Knowles could write about really difficult and “landmine-like” topics around love and soulmates without ever really using those terms. While a complete cut-out from the rest of the book, I think this scene stood out to me. Even at the moment, I felt like Knowles was just making sure I had a smile on my face before sprinting towards the finale of this book.
I can’t talk about the last parts of the book, but I’ll send a bill for tissues to Knowles and Campbell (only slightly kidding). Knowles wrote just picture-perfect scenes. And Campbell added the emotion, love, loss, etc., to each without overdoing it. Which is MUCH harder than you’d think.
Overall, yeah, I loved it. A fiveish hour book that genuinely felt like a 10-hour one. Knowles was able to cram so much into such a small package. It felt like getting a tiny box on Christmas only to open it and find a key to something much bigger.
The longest trips, with the hardest outcomes. Betrayal everywhere.
Tytan sets off with Juteng to unite her species, and hope they will join the war against The Mara. Nothing is ever as it seems. You think you’re a step ahead, yet you’re a step behind.
When things come crashing down around him, Tytan has no other choice but to risk all. To do all.
His only problem: His body hangs by a thread. A thread the Mara are waiting to break.
The Bright Escape is book six of The Bright series.
The Bright Escape by Alex Knowles
Narrator: Steve Campbell
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
Series: The Bright #6
Published by Self Published on August 11th 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Buy from Audible
Also by this author: The Bright Lord, Retaliate, The Bright Fight, Zero Car
Also in this series: The Bright Lord, Retaliate, The Bright Fight, The Bright: Revelation
- To Hell and Back (The Chaos Mages #5) by Alex Steele, Stephanie Foxe (Narrated by Steve Campbell, Deva Marie Gregory) - February 2, 2023
- Mickey7 (Mickey7 #1) by Edward Ashton (Narrated by John Pirhalla, Katharine Chin) - January 31, 2023
- New and Notable Audiobook Releases for the Week of January 28th on Brian’s Book Blog - January 28, 2023