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Festival of Shadows: A Decision Select Novel (Decision Select Novels Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Michael La Ronn
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A teddy bear with a hero complex. A nightmare world filled evil toys. A race until midnight--or death.


Theodorus Ursabrand's sole purpose as a teddy bear is to protect his owner, Grant. But when Stratus, a spirit of smoke and fog, kidnaps Grant, Theo must travel to the Stratusphere, a nightmare world filled with abandoned toys where nothing is what it seems.

Just when all is lost, he meets a traveling caravan of wandering toys who have gathered for a festival. Among them is Lucinda, another teddy bear with magical powers who agrees to help Theo sneak into Stratus's castle to save Grant.

But there's a catch: first Theo must engage a group of evil toys who have stolen the festival's key attractions. The quest sounds easy enough, but Theo quickly finds himself fighting for his life against formidable and unpredictable foes. Worst of all, if Theo doesn't rescue Grant by sunrise, they will both be trapped in the Stratusphere forever.

Toy Story meets David Bowie's Labyrinth meets Choose Your Own Adventures in this exciting dark fantasy adventure!

Be the force behind the story, not just a reader.


Festival of Shadows is a Decision Select Novel where YOU, the reader, chooses what happens. You'll control Theo as he fights his way through the Stratusphere.

Here's what other readers are saying about Festival of Shadows:

"I was hooked."

"Part of the fun of it is that you can read it over and over."

"I don't want to give away too much, but [there's] a board game in the middle of a book--a board game that can actually be played by the reader--is impressive and a little mind blowing."

"I want a Whatsamadoozle for Christmas!"

"This is first-rate writing..."

Buy now to experience the new face of interactive fiction!



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About the Author

Michael La Ronn writes fearless fantasy. You can find out more about him at his website, michaellaronn.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ursabrand Media (May 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K7KC8YE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Story May 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this novel from the author because he wanted me to check the links out. I didn't really expect to get into the story because fantasy isn't quite my deal. Then I started to read, and I was hooked. As I read, I kept thinking what an awesome movie this would make. The author really has a way with descriptions, which made me smile. This book is an appropriate read, no matter what the age group. Wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave Teddy! June 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have always loved teddy bears, and fantasy is definitely my thing. So choosing this book wasn't even a choice. It reminded me of the choose your own adventure books my kids would read when they're young. But having it in Kindle form is even more fun, I think.
Theo is a brave teddy bear who must go on a great adventure to rescue his boy, who is in grave danger. Throughout the book you have choices to make, which lead you other places. Part of the fun of it is that you can read it over and over, following different routes each time..
I was cheering for Theo to succeed as I moved around in the book. And of course I had to make my way through to the different endings!
The story is full of excitement, and adventure, and should be a lot of fun for kids.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I'm keeping this around for my granddaughter to read when she's old enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Choose wisely! October 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The beginning was a little rough for me with this book. It's a "choose your own adventure" style of book, with a lot of choices to make. I've never read a book like that before, although I've heard of them, so it took me out of my flow to get to know the protagonist, when I had to make a choice. I also had a hard time with the main character being a teddy bear at first, so all in all, I was sure this wasn't going to be a book I would read again.

But that changed during the book. The characters evolves a lot during the adventure, and it is an adventure for sure. There's lots of action in the book, and your choices really means something. No happy ending for you, if you can't remember which tools to use and so on. But luckily - unlike in life - I could cheat a little and go back, or simply go forward after the ending to a "never lose hope" link, and get another ending, so I could sleep better ;)

All in all, this was a very interesting read, and I thought of Toy Story 3 more than once when I read it. Not because the story is the same at all, just because it deals with the same kind of characters (toys), and the natural life a toy goes through.

I absolutely loved the author note, and also the very honest and well written "about the author". Besides that, the book had some hidden gems a couple of places, which was so clever. It would probably not work in a regular book, but it sure did in this one. The board game in the middle of the book was quite original too. Not easy to pull off in writing, but it worked!

Well done, Michael. It will not be my last "Decision Select Novel", and I look forward to reading more of your books. And now I want a Whatsamadoozle for christmas!
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More About the Author

Michael La Ronn writes fearless fantasy. His novels feature unlikely heroes such as teddy bears and vegetables, and his writings are filled with quirky and imaginative humor.

In 2012, a serious illness put him in the hospital, an experience that made him realize his true purpose in life as a writer. He has been writing and publishing a diverse portfolio of work ever since.

He writes novels, short stories, and poetry. His signature works are Decision Select Novels, which are a new twist on Choose Your Own Adventures, but for grown-ups and formatted specifically for ereaders.

He lives with his wife in Des Moines, Iowa. He reads an inordinate amount of books every year and also co-hosts the To Be Read Podcast, where he talks about the books he reads. He also blogs about his life as a part-time writer.

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