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SHADOW MOUNTAIN (Book One: Shadow Mountain Saga 1) Kindle Edition
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Once again Tess admixes history, magic, mystery with a finely tuned sense of place – the Appalachia of her youth – and the result is a story that serves her reputation as a novelist well. She offers a Prologue set in the late 1870s that provides a bridge to her tale – ‘Through a valley named Midnight and across a ridge called Creation is a mountain known as Shadow. Shadow Mountain. The first Europeans to traverse this land in the 1700s told tales of its ghostly fog. The Cherokee claimed the mist to be the breath of their Dragon Spirit and left gifts of tobacco and corn when journeying the mountain’s paths. From time to time, white settlers saw apparitions but transfigured them into their own belief of what was holy: Jesus meditating on Gethsemane, Mary holding the blessed infant, John the Baptist pouring water from a cup, but unlike Indians, the newcomers paid no homage.’ And in that moment she has magnetized our attention.
Tess’ synopsis, while brief, outlines the story well – ‘At the peak of Shadow Mountain lives a woman who holds to the old ways of magic and conjuring. Delta Wade protects ancient mysteries for her son, Lafette, hoping he will grow up to wield those powers for the good of humankind. But the epoch of witch lore is giving way to an age of industrial titans greedy to control the mountains' resources for material gain. As one man seeks to destroy Delta, another offers his love as salvation. Mother and son struggle with an enigmatic past only to find that true magic shows its power in its own way and in its own time.’
Fall into the spell of this newest novel by Tess Collins and catch that need for the next installment in this series SHADOW MOUNTAIN SAGA. There obviously is much more to come as this overture suggests. Grady Harp, February 17
So there are a lot of changes here but at the same time there’s some familiar ground, but that’s not a bad thing though. It really caught my curiosity about how the background is set, and how it mirrored some real-life history while at the same time adding those touches of magic and mystery (literally).
This is an amazing book, I don’t know if it’s just me but I have so much fun while I was reading it that I finished way too fast, as I read the ending I was like: ‘wait, is that it? So I start over again. If you really love this genre, give it a chance, you’re about to go in a magical journey from beginning to end, and as the title suggest, it’s the first book of the series so I can’t wait to read more of it.
Strong female character for sure. Delta is a very strong woman doing what it takes to protect what is hers and protecting her son. The man she loves with all her heart is gone but she has faith he will return one day. Her son Lafette believes it too. He does not remember his dad but Delta tells him about him and his magic all the time. He is the watcher of the mountain. Shadow Mountain. Lafette is suppose to take over as the Watcher but so much happens that it may be hard for that to ever happen.
Delta waited many years for her man Arn to return and finally fell in love with another, Henry Kingsley. She didn't know whether to trust him many times but he finally proved he meant her no harm. It is a love story that will make you smile, cry and at times even laugh. Lafette was not that happy about their union and fought it in many ways. Tragedy brought them all together one night though and Henry learned that Henry could possibly be his friend.
This story was so good that I had a hard time putting it down. I read every second I had free. I cried through a lot of it, laughed at times and was on edge at times too. The descriptions of the mountain and towns were done so beautifully you felt like you was right there and could see it for yourself. It was done in a beautiful way. It was a wonderful story even though the end was somewhat tragic. Now I can't wait for the next book, Elisha Blue, to see what happens next. I know it will be every bit as good as this if not even better.
Great job Ms Tess Collins. Another 5 star book. LOVED IT!!!!