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Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill




In the debut novel DREAMS AND SHADOWS, screenwriter and noted film critic C. Robert Cargill takes us beyond the veil, through the lives of Ewan and Colby, young men whose spirits have been enmeshed with the otherworld from a young age. This brilliantly crafted narrative – part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Torro, part William Burroughs – follows the boys from their star-crossed adolescences to their haunted adulthoods. Cargill’s tour-de-force takes us inside the Limestone Kingdom, a parallel universe where whisky-swilling genies and foul-mouthed wizards argue over the state of the metaphysical realm. Having left the spirit world and returned to the human world, Ewan and Colby discover that the creatures from this previous life have not forgotten them, and that fate can never be sidestepped. With sensitivity and hopeful examination, Cargill illuminates a supernatural culture that all too eerily resembles our own. Set in a richly imagined and constructed world, complete with its own richly detailed history and mythology, DREAMS AND SHADOWS is a deeply engaging story about two extraordinary boys becoming men


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Dreams and wishes can be magical and hopeful, irreversible and life changing.
One boy in this story has himself been given a choice and he chooses a path that puts himself amidst another realm, a realm of dark, mysterious and unkind creatures a world where the eye have not beheld before.
He is pitted against death, Wild Hunts and mysterious mystic ceremonies.
He finds himself in this new terrain not that of the natural world one of the supernatural and teamed up with another boy of a similar age for a certain reason, a certain fate shall befall many in this new realm with their lives in the the balance it will be a rocky road for survival for many. There is possible love in the air with a certain female that can really get her grips into you and have you inspired and ooze in endless creativity, for which the main character in this story, a musician, is greatly changed with for a period of time.
There is all kinds of beings in this tale one particularly memorable and creative is a Changeling, this excerpt describes their characteristics.

“Changelings possess the ability to change their appearance at will, shrouding themselves in glamor to masquerade as someone they’ve met at least once before. Their natural state appears to be one of twisted mockery of the person they originally replaced. Their personalities remain their own, however, and changelings grow up as maladjusted, unusually cruel, hateful creatures who long for nothing more than to make others suffer.”

This was a enjoyable and entertaining read that kept you reading with right momentum up to the final page, well crafted with great setting and characters that interest and engross the reader.
The Neil Gaiman, Robert Mc Cammon and Joe Hill reader would enjoy this tale.
This is a great achievement for a debut novel for the author and instills a promising road ahead with tales of the dark, mysterious and supernatural kind.

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 26 March 2013