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Casting Shadows: The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter (The Vision Painter) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 6, 2013
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R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents. She spent many years qualifying to be a medical doctor first in Nigeria, then Ireland, but ran away from home to do a Masters in IT. She settled on IT as a career rather than Medicine as she thought computers might be more logical than people, but that hasn’t always proven to be the case. She remained Ireland for many years, apart from a few years in the southwest of France where she ran a restaurant-bar despite having absolutely no interest in restaurants, except for eating in them. She considers herself almost Irish, almost Indian, and almost American. She now lives in Atlanta in America where, in her latest creative outburst, she wants to establish an artist retreat in a mostly unusable property. Her story ‘Helmets’ was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’ and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press ‘1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition’ in January 2012. Her fiction entry, ‘The Vision Painter,’ went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, ‘Falling Colours – The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.’ Her short stories ‘Parallel Lives’ (2012) and ‘The Alleyway’ (2013) were shortlisted and her poetry entry was longlisted (2016) for the Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’. Her published novels – ‘Heart Stopper’, The Vision Painter series (‘Falling Colours’, ‘Casting Shadows’) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, and ‘A Place Somewhere’, which was a finalist for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice and the Tee Corinne Cover Design Awards, are set in Ireland, India, and America. ‘An Outsider Inside’ is her fifth novel.
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Casting Shadows is R.J. Samuel's third book, and the second in the Misadventures of a Vision Painter series. Though it is not imperative to read Falling Colours prior to reading Casting Shadows, I would highly recommend it. To skip over Falling Colours, would mean missing out on careful character development, history, and story setting, not to mention a really fun and interesting book. Falling Colours sets the scene in Ireland for Kiran as a painter with a gift to help people realize their dreams. Her love interest, Ashley, is also introduced in Falling Colours, and there is a good dose of humor to lighten the drama.
Kiran is not really allowed to use her talent as a painter because women are forbidden by the laws governing Vision Painters. In this book, more is revealed about the history of vision painters, and the complications that arise when the laws are broken. Kiran must make very tough decisions to help her family. Secrets surrounding governance of the vision painters become crucial to the story, and Kiran must discover the secrets that have been kept. These secrets have an impact far beyond her personal concerns. The tension holds to the very end as relationships and lives hang in the balance.
I give this book five stars as I did the first one because the premise of the story is magical, but presented in such a way that it seems very plausible. The writing is rich with the Indian culture, and well described complex issues of relationships, love, governance and human nature. The mystery held me to the end, and I have read many mysteries. I had suspicions, but could not decide positively who the culprit was.
I enjoy Samuel's writing for the many reasons stated above, but also simply because I enjoy her writing style. Her style is very warm, and it is easy for me to be in the moment with the characters. The story has depth both of the characters, and of the sometimes painful aspects of relationships and sacrifice. In Heart Stopper, it was her technical descriptions that made the story plausible, and in her Vision Painter series, it is the mystical aspect of the story in the Indian setting that makes it so powerful. I am definitely a fan, and look forward to more books from R.J. Samuel.
Casting Shadows has changed my perspective of love into something so much larger and deeper. I feel happy, whenever I think of this book.
I have never re-read a book before, but I am reading this one again.When reading Casting Shadows I become one with the lovers and get to feel all their love and hopes and dreams.
I would highly recommend that you read Falling Colours first, as this tells the beginning of their story. I wouldn`t want you to miss anything this brilliant writer, RJ Samuel has written.
Casting Shadows is a gripping thriller that shatters boundaries and combines so many of the genres I just love to read. Is Casting Shadows a thriller, a fantasy, a romance, a story of family dynamics? It is all these things, and it is literature. I can't praise it enough. If I could give this book 6 stars I would.
The writing is beautifully descriptive. The author so effectively paints scenes with words. The vibrant colors, tastes, and heat of India and even the mannerisms of the locality provide a huge contrast in setting to the rainy, green, and lush Ireland. This, combined with the warmth and humor of the Irish characters and the differences in culture between the two locations, makes a fascinating, eye-opening, and incredibly interesting read.
When I read this author's books, I feel more like I have watched a movie than read a book. There is so much detail, so much emotion. This is a writer who understands the fragility of the human condition. The consequences of love, hurt, sacrifice, anger, greed, loss and the lengths to which people are driven. It is incredibly easy to forget this is fiction, to become lost in the story, to root for the characters, and to speed through the book in search of answers. The why's, the who's, the how's? This book also expands on the original concept first seen in the starting novel of the vision painter series, Falling Colours.
Like all good literature, it has to be read twice. Once to find out who did it, who survives, and what becomes of everyone; a second time to soak in the depth, the imagery, and the writer's skill with words, emotions and humor. Truly brilliant.
For me, this book deserves to be a mainstream best seller. It wouldn't surprise me at all if R J Samuel gets picked up by a big publishing house.
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The Vision Painter series so far consists of 2 novels; Falling Colours and Casting Shadows.Read more