Season of Shadow

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It starts with a flicker of the stars.

While looking out into the night sky, sixteen-year-old Everly Cotton notices the stars momentarily go out— an odd, yet seemingly harmless event, which only she has noticed. But once she’s back home, those same shadows that blocked out the stars ambush her in a most vicious and sinister way. As she fights against their cold and clammy grasp, a figure among the shadows orders her to run and never come back!

Everly runs barefoot and injured toward Darrell’s – her best friend’s – house. Unfortunately, she hasn’t run far enough, and the shadowy monsters continue to chase after her. What could they possibly want with a teenage foster child? Even after crossing state lines, the shadows continue to follow Everly: “It does not matter where you go. […] No matter where you are, we will always find you. Do you think you can run from your own shadow?”

Darrell and Everly have no idea what they are up against – neither online searches at the local public library nor Catholic priests are of any help – until the smug and grey-eyed warrior arrives to save her once again, silver-studded dimples and all! “When I said for you to run as far as possible, I was thinking more Russia or Alaska, not four hundred miles from where you were.” … because, clearly, Everly should’ve been able to get that far from her Georgia town with her glass-encrusted feet and flimsy pajamas. Needless to say, Cillian’s arrogant ways do not make the best first impression. But as beggars can’t be choosers, Everly and Darrell can’t exactly turn away the one person who can fight against these shadow monsters, and instead ply him with questions.

Turns out there’s a whole other world that hosts the Tuatha Dé, the Children of Eternity, who retreated from our world centuries ago, but continue to fight against the soulless shadow creatures they call dymoni. While Cillian is not sure as to why they are hell-bent on getting hold of Everly, he knows there must be a reason, and so he takes her back to his world, where he can find answers to his own questions about this unusual human. When it comes to Everly, there is a lot more than meets the eye.

In Season of Shadow, Bronwen Carlyle introduces us to the ancient realm of Celtic mythology, merging our modern world with a land where faeries and element-wielding people still exist. The fast action and constant life-threatening situations move the story along at such an entertaining pace, revealing these fascinating characters’ relationships with one another, while at the same, alluding to their past in both explicit and mysterious ways. The more we discover about them, the more we want to know! Carlyle’s vivid descriptions of the humid Southern states and the breathtaking Otherworld lead us right into each scene – be it an impossible fight against the shadows, or a tender moment beneath the evening sky, while Cillian quotes from William Butler Yeats.

This is a spellbinding story that is nearly impossible to put down and leaves us thirsting for the next part of this series in The Equinox Chronicles.

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Star Count 5/5
Format eBook
Page Count 226 pages
Publisher Amazon
Publish Date 30-May-2015
ISBN Buy this Book
Issue August 2015
Category Young Adult


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