Helpful Score: 1
This science fiction/fantasy adventure offers an unrelenting portrayal of men perpetrating evil against one another in order to gain power and control. The people fight in the most grotesque ways, using animals and birds of prey to attack their rivals, while regularly reciting an ancient liturgy that speaks of their yearning for mercy, purity, and light; only a few see the irony in this. Their world is in almost total darkness at all times; it was long ago sealed off by their god from the light of the world above. The main characters, Yosha, a young orphan boy, and Asel, a young girl of superior strength and courage, are determined to fight their way to the light and lead others to it despite the evil and dangers that surround and almost obliterate them on several occasions.