A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans
Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it; where magic is feared by all but a few; where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. Unknown to either, a dark prophecy has set in motion events which will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas by eclipsing the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.
Wait, what? It's over? Nooooo! When does the next book come out?
Those are the main questions I was left with after finishing this book. It took me a chapter or two to really get into the story, but it wasn't too long before I was completely engrossed in it.
The author really didn't go into the prophecy or the use of magic very much in this book. I hope that in the next book (books?) he will get into it a lot more.
When I'm reading books, I usually try to figure out how it's going to end before I get to the ending. This time, the ending caught me completely off-guard. I would have never expected it to happen the way it did. It is really hard to write reviews without giving any spoilers away, by the way. :)
I am anxiously awaiting the next book so I can find out what is happening with Henry, Isabelle and the rest of their group. I hope that we find out more about why Maggie dislikes Ruther so much.
This is a good, clean read, something that will entertain young adults, adults and I think my 9-year-old would even enjoy it.
About the Author:
Jacob Gowans was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater studies, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services. A Tale of Light and Shadow is his first published book.
Title: A Tale of Light and Shadow
Author: Jacob Gowans
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: September 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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