I’ve shared before that I love many of the books labeled young adult. I also love a good story that can be a bit fantastical while trying to weave in a lesson. A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans fits both of those molds as he whisks you away to the land of Atolas where you meet an unlikely hero and see the strength of friendship be tested and triumph.
About A Tale of Light and Shadow
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. At the same time, a secret, dark prophecy has set in motion events that will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas, threatening to eclipse the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.
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.
A Tale of Light and Shadow is available in Kindle format as well as hardback and paperback.
My Thoughts on A Tale of Light and Shadow
There are 2 indicators for me regarding whether I love a book. The first is if I stay up late reading because I just can’t put the book down. The second is if I end the book longing for me. Both of those criteria were met by A Tale of Light and Shadow. And, I sure hope that Mr. Gowans decides to revisit the realm of Atolas to share further adventures of Henry and Isabelle. The closing of the book hints that it could be the case, but one never knows.
This novel is the story of true love and true friendship. It is told to the reader as if you are listening to the old man in the pub retelling a story from long ago. The protagonist of the story is Henry, a master carpenter who abandons his comfortable and predictable life because of love. And, with him on this dangerous journey towards a new land and life are his sister, best friend, apprentice, potential brother-in-law, and his beloved.
While they haven’t read it yet, I can definitely see my boys enjoying this story. There’s plenty of tension involved. Yes, there’s the thread of love woven in the book as the driving force of the story is Henry and Isabelle’s love for each other and desire to wed. But, it is not overwhelming to the story where you travel alongside them and see just how devious some people can be. There are fight scenes, there are scenes which make you want to laugh , and there are scenes that have you feeling empathetic for the characters. More importantly, there is that underlying message of love and friendship throughout the story.
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There’s a FREE prequel to this story, The Fool and the Dragonox available for Kindle.
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