Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: A Tale Of Light And Shadow ~ Secrets Of Neverak ~ by Jacob Gowans

Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and relying on only herself to survive. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.

Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.


Back with Henry, James, Ruther, and Maggie; things are not good and are about to get worse. They will be undergoing things that will push them to the limits of their endurance and sanity. Friendships as well as loyalties will be tested as they make their way to recue Isabelle.

 I loved this book even more than the first, adventure, love, intrigue, everything you could want in a well-rounded tale. I entered this book knowing the words would send me into the story and I would see all the wondrous things the author was showing me with his words. Mission accomplished Mr. Gowans; I saw, I breathed the same air, and went along with the characters for the time of my life.

 I highly recommend this book as well as the first book and the prequel, you won’t go wrong. Charge into a story that will amaze and delight you as it did me. I want to thank Jacob Gowans and Shadow Mountain Publishing for allowing me to read and review for them, I was absolutely entranced! Five glowing stars for Secrets of Neverak.

Jacob Gowans is a resident of Arizona, working as a dentist for the Indian Health Services. He is husband to a beautiful wife, and father to four children. When not working or writing, he enjoys watching sports, reading YA novels or long tomes, running, and chasing his kids around the house.

Psion Beta was his first novel, and he is currently working on books in two series: Psion Omega (Psion Series #5) and the sequel to A Tale of Light and Shadow. His favorite music artists are blink-182 (and their spin-offs) and Brandon Flowers. His favorite book is Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, and thinks the greatest film ever made is Dead Poets Society.

He was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts in theater studies, and moved to Cleveland shortly thereafter for dental school at Case Western Reserve University.

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