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Shadowshine: An Animal Adventure (Guernica World Editions Book 22) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07SPG4MN3
- Publisher : Guernica (May 1, 2019)
- Publication date : May 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1748 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 277 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,277,922 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Shadowshine is a very unique book. It is set in the period when humans first appeared on earth, but it speaks to the environmental issues of today. The author paints such vivid pictures of Zak’s animal friends and their surroundings that I sometimes felt as if I were traipsing through the forests with him. This book explores several thought-provoking themes. It discusses evolution, emphasizing that an acceptance of death is necessary for the functioning of the food chain and for overall equilibrium in the natural world. It stresses the power of communication, coexistence, and perseverance. Last, it exemplifies the power of unity when facing a common enemy. To me, this book is especially valuable because it addresses the pressing issue of human impact on the natural world from the perspective of the animals most affected by it. It has a message everyone should hear, but much of the vocabulary is likely over the heads of most children and even some young adults. Therefore, I recommend this book primarily to adults who have a passion for the natural world and are interested in an allegorical story about human impact on the environment.
Even though Zak, the central character, is said to be 48 years old in the story, I often found myself thinking of his experiences having a lot in common with an indigenous walkabout, vision quest or heroes’ journey.
All told, this book is amazing by any standards, even more so as it is the author’s first published novel at an age when most people have retired to passivity. It is a well written page turner. I highly recommend it.