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"What makes What Casts the Shadow? work is not just the strength of Brandon's voice, but his personal promise. Brandon is dark because he's also very bright. For anyone who's struggled with dark thoughts, or really anyone who's started a creative endeavor and felt the pull of self-doubt, What Casts the Shadow? is at once philosophical and recognizable and may just change how you think about life." - Self-Publishing Review, 4½ Stars

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"We are the authors of this dream." So says Brandon's mentor, Saul Mason. I hope you enjoy this dramatic account of one man's quest to embrace this empowering truth.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Edge of the Known
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494878712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494878719
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,609,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. R. Campbell on February 9, 2014
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Seth Mullins’ protagonist Brandon Chane in "What Casts a Shadow?" doesn't want to be told that he creates his own reality. After his mother died, he was stuck living with a drunken and abusive father who believes neither Brandon nor his new heavy metal rock band will ever amount to anything. How can that be his fault?

After his father lashes out at him prior to a performance, Brandon thinks: “My world is painted black; my entire inner landscape is barren. All the roads in my head lead to horrific ends. At the bleakest margins of this particular attack, I didn’t even care about the gig. I wanted nothing but oblivion.”

Mullins’ three-dimensional character is in many ways symbolic of creative people who want to express their unique visions of life through art, music, writing and other avenues but simultaneously believe that the world (or fate) is against them. Brandon and his best friend Tommy want to translate their feelings into their music; their music, they hope, will be their salvation.

Brandon reacts to the slings and arrows in his life with violence. Physical fights seem justified and bring release. Writing songs and performing them in front of an audience also bring release, but at the beginning of "What Casts a Shadow?" the songs aren’t as potent as knocking somebody down.

After a confrontation that involves the police and an interview with a consulting psychologist at the police station, Brandon ends up on Saul’s doorstep. Saul is a licensed therapist who believes individuals create their own reality.

Saul is a “new age” guru with a more or less conventional counseling approach. That is, he doesn’t sell guided-meditation CDs, lead drumming groups in the woods or ask his patients to recite affirmations.
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Brandon Chase, with a demonised past and a mind in turmoil, is close to being in shambles. Constantly having had his self-worth questioned by his abusive father, he coats himself with an armour of savage violence, which he uses as his reaction to all the pricks that life gives him. Although a musician by will and by heart, the story shows the different facets of his, helping us get to know him as a person and not just as a musician. He gets into trouble with the police after one of his violent outbursts, putting him in front of Saul Mason, a therapist who transforms his beliefs, thoughts and thus, his life.

It's tough to classify this book as a fictional memoir, or a drama. The highly philosophical abstraction in this book makes for a thought-provoking read, and there's a bit of many genres in this book - a bit of drama, a bit of bitterness from the voice of the protagonist, a lot of reminiscences and a lot of dreams set aflame. That said, it's hard to classify who the real protagonist of this story is. Although Brandon is projected as the protagonist by definition, it's Saul who steals the show in my opinion. Effervescent and calm at the same time, radiating positivity and at the same time having the open-mindedness to knock down and overlook unreasonable conventionalities, Saul makes one wish that they too, like Brandon, had him for a personal healer as well. Brandon's character is well-etched. The conflicting mind-frames, which make him pursue his music dreams on one side, and at the same time, make him see himself as a doomed failure, put him into a vicious circle, and the author brings out the character's complexities well.
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Book Review: What Casts the Shadow? by Seth Mullins: A Soul Searching Story

What Casts the Shadow? (The Edge of the Known Book 1) By Seth Mullins belongs to Literature & Fiction, Metaphysical genres. If you like these genres, you can’t afford to miss reading it. The book is about a young disturbed rock musician, a spiritual mentor and belonging to the group of generation who are craving for someone to emerge and show a concrete path to follow. Seth Mullins has written this book that makes you think deep inside, introspect within and help you try finding out the truth within. The story emerges as a connecting agent between deep secrets of reality and our souls; and in turn tries to find out a way to fill the gap between the two.

What Casts the Shadow? (The Edge of the Known Book 1) By Seth Mullins is story of Brandon Chane. A small clash in front of a performance venue turned out to be quite critical and that is when Brandon suddenly recognizes that his life is too distant from the reality and is out of control to an extreme extent. It has gone beyond control and even the music won’t be able to heal the wounds. That is when he met with Saul Mason, a soul therapist, and meeting with him becomes a turning point of his life. There emerges a hope that Saul is the person for whom probably Brandon was waiting all his life, to get right direction in his life, to get his wounded heart healed and get the life back on track. Saul has a good track record of such kind. Brandon really was starving for someone to get his life out of chaos and to save him from getting into an irreversible mess.

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