RJ Mirabal

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  • Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 - 6) on April 26, 2015

    Renee Scattergood has created a young adult fantasy novel, The Shadow Stalker, which effectively appeals to her core audience without insulting their intelligence nor overwhelming them without too much detail as well as avoiding slow pacing. Yet, readers of all ages will find much to keep them interested as well. From the very opening of the first chapter, we take a wild ride with Auren and her friends who sneak out of their parents’ home for an adventure. But that is only the beginning for Auren. Scattergood’s first strength is her clear, direct, and involving prose that takes one along for the ride feeling everything her central character, Auren, experiences and thinks. She renders the world of the Serpent Isles and the Dark Isle with only a few words which, somehow, creates itself in the reader’s own imagination. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I found that not only the clever use of the shadow world intrigued me, but the pacing of the dialogue kept the story moving while revealing more about the characters and the truth of the shadow world. You should guess by now it’s the characters that reign supreme in this story and that is Scattergood’s other strength: believable characters of realistic dimensions. It’s entertaining, and a page turner, but there is more depth here than one would expect from the “usual” high fantasy. Scattergood is part of a new movement among genre writers who believe strong stories, characters, and serious themes have as an important place in these stories as well as in “serious” literature. Keep an eye on this writer, surely there will be more of her high quality story-telling to come!