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The Shadow Fabric spends little time getting to the action by starting in media res. The entire novel takes place over the course of week, a week that sees Leo scrambling to find more information, uncover more secrets, and discover the whereabouts of the Shadow Fabric. His desperation is palatable, and made more so as the allies that he thought he had are found to be enemies. He's almost tortured by his own paranoia, not knowing where to turn and who to trust. He always seem to be a step behind throughout the whole story and, truthfully as we learn more about the Shadow Fabric itself, he never seem to stand a chance.
The sheer evilness of the Shadow Fabric and the mechanism that it grew in power was down right scary. Often times in horror novels or films most of the horror elements are discriminatory - the victim is chosen either deliberately or by happenstance. The Shadow Fabric doesn't work that way, anyone can become a victim of the stitching, the method to grew the Fabric, simply by coming in contact with it. There is no way to fight the stitching, there is no 'incubation' period like most infection horrors, if you come in contact then you're lost. That frightens the hell out of me.
That said, it did take me almost halfway through the book to appreciate Leo’s plight. The application of showing rather than telling shone through in many scenes. At other times, I did wish a bit more from the dialogue. But when Cassell was into the scene, he certainly excelled at describing it. I was left with a few more questions from the abrupt ending, but I suspect that was what the writer intended.
Overall, it was an entertaining and suspenseful read with very intricate flourishes.
The book is set in the English town of Mabley Holt, at a retreat owned by a man named Goodwin. The retreat is known as The Periwick House. Leo is our narrator. He was in a car wreck two years ago and has no memory of the wreck or his life before that. Goodwin takes him in. Victor Jacobs is Goodwin's friend. He hires Leo to be his driver. We meet: Lucas, a bitter friend of Victor. Polly, another friend of Victor. She is blind. Annabel, Polly's helper, also known as Tulip Moon. Stanley, Victor's brother. There are other important characters as well that come into play.
All of our friends are involved in a battle of good verses evil. We learn how the Shadow Fabric came to be, what it is and how evil it is. We learn about an evil hourglass, an evil knife called a witch blade an evil book titled "The Book of Leaves". We learn what these leaves are, how they came to be and more are made. We are introduced to a process called "stitching", whereby the Shadow Fabric is made bigger and stronger. The book revolves around our central characters and their pursuit and destruction of these items. There is a lot of graphic violence in this battle. Bodies pile up left and right. The story started out as the cast of characters was introduced to us and how all the evil items came to be. Victor explains much of this to Leo.Read more ›
In the story we follow the experiences of our baffled and terrified protagonist Leo as he comes to terms with his life, knowledge, expectations, indeed his whole world, coming undone before his eyes. Added to his new experiences are his chunks of missing memory which, as they return, gradually rebuild the puzzle that the author tore to pieces to construct his work. Our antagonist in this tale is something so primal, fundamental, and incomprehensible to our mere human experience, that the deep-seated feeling of invulnerable threat it imbues us with will keep you up at night, checking in your cupboards and beneath your bed.
Rich with sensory indulgences, and boasting a plot as tightly woven and malevolent as the Fabric itself, THE SHADOW FABRIC is not to be missed by fans of the genre, and would be an excellent starting point for readers new to the genre, too.
Horror aficionados might recognise certain horror themes here, but they will be surprised at how the author has twisted and re-invented them to suit his imagination. The originality, especially in such a well-constructed fictional Universe, is quite striking.
Mark is a born storyteller, and I urge you to read this book. I can't wait for more!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I usually like fantasy but this did not have a lot of surprises, and was not as believable.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are some books that really piss me off. Not because they are bad; no, it's the exact opposite. This is one of those books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike Wolff
If you are intelligent horror reader, you cannot to pass by this extraordinary story. This book is not only dark and full of unexpected twists, it is crowded by psychologically... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adriana
This was a book I couldn't wait to get back to, every time I had to put it down. Every time I thought I'd figured out who and why, the story would twist and turn in new directions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by PenguinMommy
These days, it is rare for a horror novel to surprise me or truly excite me. Mark Cassell's Shadow Fabric is one of those rare books that both surprise and excited me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karoline Ashe
Mark Cassel's SHADOW FABRIC is an easy tale to take to late-night reading chairs. The lively characters and first-person viewpoint is well done and grabs and holds you in. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ScareScapes
I agree that it did drag a bit but overall it was worth the time. There were so many really good twists and turns that I just couldn't put the book down. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
It dragged on for too long. Great idea just could have ended sooner.Published 15 months ago by Jennifer A. Edwards