Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: Dreams and Shadows (Dreams & Shadows #1) by C. Robert Cargill

Title: Dreams and Shadows (Dreams & Shadows #1)
Author: C. Robert Cargill
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: February 26, 3013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

A brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill—part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, part William S. Burroughs—that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods

There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.

Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.

Dreams and Shadows is a stunning and evocative debut about the magic and monsters in our world and in our self.

While this story begins with the tale of two boys - this is definitely an novel geared towards adults.  The first part of the story tells the history of Ewan, Knocks, and Colby.  It all begins in the fairy courts - and eventually it seems to end there as well.  The story is full of new legends and lore that are based in some of the traditional faerie legends that I have read in the past.  It is at the same time both familiar and strange.  This wonderful mix was what kept the book going for me.  I loved the history and the interactions between the non-human folk.

The downfall of this book was that even once I finished - I wasn't quite sure where the story was going.  This is a series, so perhaps more will be "settled" in book two, but I was just confused as to what the point of it all was at the end of book one.  It was also much more violent than I had expected - so if you like your violence behind closed doors and glossed over - this isn't for you.  While it wasn't overly graphic, it was still quite descriptive and not my favorite.

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