Shades 03 : Ancient Light - Robert Hood
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continues the tradition of the series by having the narrative come from the point of view of a different character, surprisingly this time the human Melissa Greeley.
Yes once again the structure of the book is from the first person, and once again Mr Hood
keeps us on our toes by changing focus and motivations.
Surprisingly the Author is as strong with the viewpoint of his
female characters as he
is with his
There had been rumblings in the previous Shades books but Robert Hood
is pretty up front in Ancient Light, the dark realm of Tenebra is under assault and moves are afoot to relocate to somewhere more viable.
That somewhere would be Nimjala for starters.
Yes Rob Hood
is allowing his
young adult readers to grow with the books, not everything is as it seems in Ancient Light, in a sort of wheels within wheels fashion.
Toss in a descendant of the Knights Templar and you have adult readers covered as well.
Did I mention the shade with a few Roos loose in the top paddock, Isis, may be the one from Egyptian mythology?
You can't fault the Author's imagination in Ancient Light there's a fair number of disparate elements adding up to a pretty good read.
once again keeps hie readers, regardless of age, spellbound with his
This isn't to say the younger readers under your care are going to be drowning in rivers of blood, it's just to point out that Mr Hood
horror on and pulls at least one grotesque image out of his
It's been my experience that if you want to get the pre and early teens reading then toss something from the horror pile at them, Robert Hood's
Shades series certainly fits the bill.
In a return to the style of the first book in the series, Shadow Dance, Robert Hood
presents Ancient Light very much in the realms of the fantasy novel.
What I'm finding interesting in the Shades series is that at no time does Robert Hood
go for the easy way out and throw a bridging book at us.
At the very least I'm ready to rock on with the fourth book in the series to see where Robert Hood
may take us with this development.
I really shouldn't have to say it, but just to cover all bases, Robert Hood
continues to write in a naturalistic easy to read fashion that will appeal to Readers of all ages.
The book simply flows from the opening paragraph and you will find the pages melting away with page last comes up far faster than you might have expected.
Warning, do not start reading any of the books in this series late at night, the first time you look up you'll find it's early morning next day.
For those following the love triangle between Cassandra, Melissa, and Nathan, yes Robert Hood
does continue to develop the plot arc but it doesn't overly intrude into the narrative of the current book.