Alright, my Nugs, it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so I wanted to start us off again with a great read! A while back, I read Shadow Soul by M.J. Bavis and loved it. Now I will admit that the first chapter gave me a lot more questions than answers, but if you allow yourself to read into every bit of that first chapter, you can’t help but be intrigued and continue on the journey. Let’s go through the steps.
The book cover keeps it pretty simple as far as details it provides for the story. My desire to read the book came from the synopsis more than the cover. On the cover of Shadow Soul, you see a college-age girl with simple attire and standing in the middle of the see. I think this shows the right choice on the author’s part to show the isolation that the Main Character Camilla feels throughout the story. Many cultures use water to represent restoration, and the story follows Camilla, who is in search of restoring herself as a better person. All in all, it’s a beautiful cover with great connotation behind it.
Shadow Soul starts as what felt like a suspense novel with Fantasy speckled throughout, but the further into the book you get, the more Fantasy you see. I loved that it wasn’t such a heavy-handed Fantasy novel, and it developed the characters enough before M.J. Bavis added classical Fantasy elements. While it was a fantasy novel, it addressed real issues with the characters trying to overcome less than favorable pasts and showing that even the healthiest of friendships struggle at times.
I like to keep book reviews simple, as not to give away too much for those interested. I believe that exploring novels and making your discoveries while you read is essential. So, I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those who enjoy a Fantasy novel based in the real world. A beautiful cover to welcome you into a healthy reading level novel and my recommendation.
I look forward to reading Book 2 Shifting Shadows.
As always, stay fresh, my Nugs.
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