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Book Review: Dreams and Shadows
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Dreams and ShadowsDreams and Shadows
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by C. Robert Cargill
Harper Voyager
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Cover Price: $24.99

I can’t tell you how many coming-of-age fantasy stories I’ve read in which the young hero is granted or somehow miraculously receives a special power that will help him or her eventually save a kingdom or even a world. These stories—though presenting hardship and struggles for the fledgling protagonist—tend to grasp the idea that having such power and responsibility is a “good” thing, while subsequently producing the happiest of endings. This time, it was different. I devoured screenwriter and former film critic C. Robert Cargill‘s debut novel, Dreams and Shadows—his take on this classic fantasy trope is darkly ominous, yet wonderfully refreshing.

Ewan was kidnapped by fairies as a newborn and raised as one of their own in the Limestone Kingdom. Understanding that he is a human but believing himself to be a part of their community, Ewan is eager to become a fairy; and he believes that day is quickly approaching. Unbeknownst to Ewan, the fairies have other, sinister plans for his future.

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