Shadowless by Randall McNally BOOK REVIEW! #IndieAuthor
“What if the gods themselves wanted you dead?
A young boy lies on a beach on a warm summer’s day. While trying to block the sun from his eyes Arpherius makes a shocking discovery; he has no shadow. Confused and bewildered he asks his uncle why he is shadowless. What he learns is a terrifying secret that will change his life forever.
Set in the Northern Realms, Shadowless is a fantasy novel about individuals born without a shadow. Spawned by the malevolent deities of this world these children of the gods are persecuted at every turn. Hunted by the high priests who carry out the wishes of their gods, hunted by the Shadow Watchers; armed soldiers who are assigned to each temple, and hunted by the gods themselves.
Part-mortal and part-god, the Shadowless live for centuries and face a battle for survival, constantly on the run or hiding in far-flung corners of the Northern Realms.
Soon their lives and fates become intertwined, expedited by the mysterious monk Amrodan. Driven by a series of visions Amrodan travels through the Northern Realms, seeking out the Shadowless and trying to enlist their help to take a stand and fight back against the gods”
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Shadowless follows the story of a group of people who are ‘half gods’, ‘half human’ and are ‘shadowless’. Those who are shadowless don’t know each other, and try and lead their lives as best as they can, whilst hiding from those who are hunting them down. However, it becomes apparent that each possesses a special ability, and it comes down to Amrodan to round up all the ‘shadowless’ in an attempt to fight against the very people who are making their lives a misery.
I don’t tend to read many fantasy books as I sometimes find them hard to follow, so I went into ‘Shadowless’ not really knowing what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed both the plot and writing style of this book. In a way, this book is almost split into two – the first half giving backgrounds of those who are “Shadowless” and the situation they are currently in, and the second half more to do with the battle against the Gods and the gathering of the Shadowless. For me, I really liked this layout because it helped me get a better understanding of the Shadowless in the first place and to fully appreciate what and why they were doing what they were. It was interesting to see the different situations of the each of the Shadowless and the background helped develop the plot further.
In terms of the ‘Shadowless’ concept, again, I can’t compare it to many other fantasy books but I really liked this idea and it gave a clear difference between those who are ‘normal’ and those who ‘aren’t’, especially when meeting new characters. It meant there wasn’t too much description and overload of information, and it was clear and obvious who was on each side. I also liked this idea as a distinction (especially what happens right at the end of the book – NO SPOILERS!) and helped the ‘half God’ ‘half human’ aspect come to life.
The only thing I had trouble with was sometimes I got confused between character’s names (e.g. Amrodan and Arpherius for example) but I think that was more my fault in that I don’t read a lot of fantasy books and therefore am not used to the unusual names!! At times, there were a lot of characters present but I found the detail and explanation of things generally very easy to follow, yet the world that was built was intricate with well thought-out and developed ideas.
I really recommend this book, especially if you’re interested in fantasy books! This is a fantastic Indie Book, with an intriguing concept and well-developed characters and plot.