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In this start to a young adult fantasy series, we follow incredibly skilled thief Ari and her bobcat companion Jagger.

Ari tends to keep to herself, but when she is faced with a mysterious employer who has an unexpected job offer, herself and Jagger are forced to leave their isolated home.

Unwillingly she has to join secret magician Ely, on a trek across the country in the midst of a civil war.


5 Stars

Go read this book now!!! This was an amazing start to a fantasy series!

From the first page I knew I was going to fall in love with this story from the writing alone! The world is described in such a beautiful way that you can easily picture this magical world and all of the magical creatures come to life!

I loved Ari and Elys dynamic so much! Typically in most stories the male character is always the brooding type, while the female character has the bubbly personality. However in this case the roles were reversed! It was very entertaining watching these two opposite characters find their way through this journey together!

I always love animal companions in fantasy stories, so having her anima Jagger there was like the cherry on top!

I can’t wait to see what kind of adventures happen in the next book!!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Yours truly,


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Title: A Memory of Light
Author: Allyson S. Barkley
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★


An exceptionally-skilled thief, Ari lives deep in the forest with no one but her bobcat Jagger for company. She is determined to keep to herself as civil war drags on around her, but when a mysterious stranger appears with an unexpected job offer, she has no choice but to leave her quiet life behind.

Unwillingly paired with chatty, optimistic magician Ely, Ari finds her patience, wits, and skill tested when the journey quickly proves to be far from what either of them bargained for. Ari must face one of the greatest tests of her thieving career – and come to terms with the many secrets she has been hiding.

With an exciting heroine and a diverse cast of characters, A Memory of Light is the first title in the fantasy series Until the Stars Are Dead, which follows Ari and Ely’s adventures navigating the dangers of their complicated, quickly-changing world.