Review: A Tale of Light and Shadow-Secrets of Neverack

Recommended Age 12+

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending me a review copy of this book, you guys are so awesome!

Announcement: I will be one of the stops for this author (Jacob Gowans)  For his blog tour for this book so you should totally come by on September 8th and check me out!




Summary: Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and relying on only herself to survive. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.

Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.

Characters: Wow! What an awesome ride! I loved that Jacob did what I wanted! More Maggie! So my favorite in these books so far right now is Maggie or maybe James. I really loved that he expanded on Maggie and her “specialness” it’s pretty cool. I also liked how we got to find more out about Henry in this book! If you have not read a Tale of Light and Shadow click the link at the top of this page!

What I liked: Ah Man what a freaking awesome adventure. Uh what is it with Jacob Gowans and his real good endings? seriously this book had me on the ropes! I especially enjoyed the dice part in this book. “Read the book and you will totally get it! (:    I also enjoyed this book overall it was a pretty good read and I think that most readers will thoroughly enjoy this read! Oh and I almost forgot to mention the Cecilia thing! Woah!! This all made sense now. When we got the Vreagen part I was a little confused but after that It made total sense!

What I didn’t Like: Well Just like book one in this series this book kinda dragged in between parts. I wouldn’t recommend this for people who are just getting into reading. I would totally recommend this to anyone who is an experienced reader!


About the Author: 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.

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