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REVIEW: Bloodlight by Edward Nile | Grimdark Magazine
In Bloodlight, Edward Nile’s debut novel, the city of Delstad hangs on the brink of civil war. While humans and lightbloods (a race of pale-haired albinos with glowing blood and a latent gift for illegal magic) reluctantly coexist within its boundaries, its squalid slums are a powder keg of poverty, crime, and racial violence, ready to explode at the slightest spark. Although the two races are engaged in open combat on the lawless frontiers, Delstad’s human-run government has reduced the resident lightbloods to poverty and confined them to the decaying ghetto of Crow’s Quarter. Everything changes, however, when a struggling lightblood thief “awakens” into a powerful mage and uses his newfound sorcery to stir a rebellion. The city devolves into a battlefield, and the novel chronicles the luminescent bloodbath that ensues. The majority of the conflict is experienced through a trio of third-person POV characters: Drük, Riuna, and Ludin. Drük, Delstad’s resident Magehunter, is judge, jury, and executioner in all matters of illegal magic, and carries out his edicts with a sorcery-proof coat and a pair of smoking revolvers. While his professional duties and a deeply personal hatred of magic drive him to spend his days hunting wizards, his feelings...