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Sunlight and Shadow (Once Upon a Time (Simon Pulse)) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2004
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The story swtiches viewpoint sometimes by chapter and sometimes by paragraph. Cameron Dokey does a good job of giving the characters distinct voices, so that I only got confused about the point of view once. The POV switches between:
Mina: The daughter who wants the freedom to choose her husband, and to stay with him once she has done so,
Lapin: Mina's best friend and the Queen of Night's faithful servant,
Tern: the prince who follows Lapin's bells to his true love and faces trials to win her,
Statos: Sarastro's right hand man and Mina's intended husband, and
Gayna: the orphan girl that Sarastro raised as his own daughter and who now has to face the fact that she will always be second in his affections.
Dokey weaves an enchanting spell around the reader. Her writing is as engaging as always, sometimes tongue-in-cheek funny, sometimes serious, always magical. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fairy tales. The only fault I can find with it, is that it is too short, and I think a few things are rushed. Still, it's a must-read book.
Once again Cameron Dokey has served up a delightful mélange of fantasy, myth & fable as a fresh story. Inspired by Mozart's `Die Zauberflote' (The magic flute), she has crafted a newly emerging world, and a warring dynasty. Title of first chapter: A House Divided.
The fantasy sweeps you away whilst the touches of whimsy and quick humor remind that this is a book for young people, a book to grin at, before moving on in the grand adventure.
The first chapters dwelling on details of Mina's life, growing with a companion, beautifully described & fleshed out `Lapin', her relations with her mother (Queen of the Night). Sarastro, (Mage of the Day - dad) has raised another girl in his palace and Mina feels very displaced in his affections.
When she is untimely wrenched away by the father she has never seen or known one is able to properly experience with her the high emotions which rage.
In a brilliant departure from the standard, the man who ought to be the "villain" of the piece, Sastro, who in the original story was a Moor & evil, Dokey has given him compassion, and humor, and an ability to see his own flaws, and in the end; redemption.
Occasionally the humor jarred, but on the whole it was a welcome addition and helped on to feel that the hero wasn't such a dull character.
The biggest plus is the authors ability to write every detail, every nuance or happening so evocatively that one is swept away by the majesty of her words.Read more ›
If you're the type of person who'd rather drink a bucket of goo than have anything to do with opera, then don't worry. This book is nothing like an opera. There's no fat lady singing, no foreign languages to try to interpret, and no rich women sitting in the dress circle wearing hideous fur coats. Nor will it cost you a month's wages to view it. Rather, this book is unpretentious and accessible to anyone and everyone, young or old.
The author takes a bold chance on this story, by writing each chapter from the viewpoint of a different character, even the bad guy. In lesser hands it might not have worked. But here it works very well indeed, once you get used to it.
This is Mina's story, even though she only writes some of the chapters. Her parents are literally night and day, and don't get along. Her father wishes her to marry someone of his choosing, someone she doesn't like. So in true storybook heroine fashion, she leaves home to follow the song of her heart, and find her own true love.
Of course, she finds him...but as always, the path to true love does not run smoothly, and the two lovers literally have to go to hell and back to prove their love for one another.
This book is like a bag of mixed lollies--sugary, tasty, full of variety and highly addictive! Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite books ever! You can tell feel this sass dripping from every page. I plan on reading all the books!Published 7 months ago by Tina-the-tech-writer
Get set for a wondrous story, full of light and dark, good and evil, love and fear. Don't read many reviews, you might get info that'd be a "spoiler", especially since this story... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is a retelling of “The Magic Flute.” I haven’t listened to the opera this is based on since I was in grade school (and then it was in German), so I won’t be able to comment on... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amanda Marie
Dokey is a wonderful author, and I love to see her fun spin of fairy tales. None of them quite exactly like the originals, but all taking a place in my heart. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lemmon
My friend bought me the book about I read the back and I don't know exactly what to say. "IN SUNLIGHT AND SHADOW, Princess Mina is kidnapped. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Mina is the child of the Queen of the Night and the Mage of the Day. They’ve married to complete the world and join light and dark forever. Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Camille
I really like this series because they twist classic fairy tales into something new. They can sound a bit like a romance novel and are not particularly well written, but it's nice... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by chai
Deep and fluffy, not a bad thing at all. A bit confusing with the narration, bug still a very good book. A must read for fans of Cameron Dokey.Published on January 13, 2013 by Rebecca