A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans
Age Range: 12 and up
Series: A Tale of Light and Shadow (Book 1)
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (September 9, 2014)
Source: From Publisher for Review
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.
I found this to be a wonderfully written story about friendship, loyalties, and love, all wrapped up in an adventure. I loved seeing the interactions of the friends as they were on the run, trying to stay sane and figure everything out. I loved being able to picture this book in my head, to see the same things the characters were. My husband was laughing at me because I talked to the characters as I read, he gets so amused. He says that is the way he knows I really like the book.
I would very much recommend this book to others, I can’t think of a better way to use my spare time. I will definitely be waiting for the next book. I thank Jacob Gowans and Shadow Mountain Publishing for giving me this book to read and review. I definitely enjoyed every minute. I give this book 4 stars.
Jacob Gowans was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, and graduated with a bachelor’s in theater studies. He then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. He and his wife live with their three children in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services. A Tale of Light and Shadow is his first published book.