EEeEKEKkk!!! HEY GUYS!
*trips mid-spin and falls down all the stairs*
Guys, I have something SUPER exciting happening today!! I’ve reviewed a very new book, A Silence in the Shadows, and today I’m going to be telling you guys all the reasons why you need to read this book, plus we have an exciting interaction (/that means an interview!) with the very author of this book today!!!
OKAY! Let’s get started!
Jered and Faal Willii’s village is run by strange, mysterious cloaked people simply known as the “Tax Collectors”. When the boys’ old friend is attacked by the Tax Collectors, he sends them into the mountains to find a wizard who will provide them a way to help save their village. They set out immediately, but it is too late. When they return they find their village is overrun by the Tax Collectors, which they find out are really monsters called Ocpots. Jered and Faal fight a hopeless battle against them—until the Silents show up.
The Silents, a group of fighters trained in the arts of stealth, strategy, and endurance, have sworn to destroy the threat of the Ocpots at all cost.
Jered and Faal join forces with the Silents and begin to fight against the Ocpots, who they discover have not only controlled their village, but have oppressed much of the world. The struggle is far from over. They must discover where the leader of the Ocpots is, what he is doing, and attempt to defeat him. Are their skills, their friends, and their relationship strong enough to prevail?
A Bit About the Author:
Caleb E. King is a young writer and an avid reader. He began to write around the age of eight, read The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia at the same age, and is now bent on writing good, entertaining middle grade fantasy books for the world to read. You can learn more about him and his writing on his blog, www.calebeking.com, where he posts short stories, writing advice, and much more.
The plot of the book was basically based around doing what’s right, even when it’s hard, for the greater good.
Which I guess sounds like a theme now that I’m thinking about it…
Anyways, the book consisted of mostly sibling relationships and lots and lots of battles. To be honest, I felt that there actually wasn’t any plot, although the story seemed to follow the basic structure of like, beginning, rising action, middle/climax, falling action, and resolution.
Personally, I was super intrigued about this mysterious past with wizards and apprentices, and a ‘Molker stone’, but Caleb didn’t draw it out as much as I would’ve liked sooo I believe the book had a super suuuuper amazing potential for a plot, but Caleb only needed to draw it out ever so slightly more.
Jered was my favorite, definitely, and I’m sooo glad he was the main character!
He was very cool, goofy and yet responsible, and uh, he chose a staff as a weapon? Like, that is COOL, guys!
I was kinda disappointed though because I didn’t get to really connect with Jered or Faal or honestly any of the other characters on a personal level, because to be honest they all acted exactly the same, with Jered having only a mildly different personality from the rest.
Still, Jered was the best, and I definitely enjoyed reading from his POV!
I’m so happy to say that A Silence in the Shadows has absolute ZERO bad language, and is completely clean!
I’d say for content, there’s just battles which obviously means violence, but it’s not bad violence. Like, although there was technically death and gruesome things happening, Caleb wrote in a very kid-friendly type of way, so that it still feels like a kid’s book instead of a YA type of book or something. So, yeah, I definitely loved that and can appreciate that a lot because I hate gruesome books, plus writing battles without getting gruesome is a hard feat to achieve, but Caleb rocked it every time!
The Book Itself
If I were to sum up the entire book for you in one word, I’d probably say: battles.
The whole book was based around battles and fight scenes and there was, as I mentioned before, a sibling relationship throughout; but most of it was just battles.
And of course, that is so not a bad thing.
In fact, Caleb did an incredibly good job with all the battles! Around the beginning when I began to realize this book was going to be made up of battles, I settled in for repetition and lots of same o same o. Basically stuff like:
again and again and again, BUT, juuusttt as I was beginning to get slightly bored, Caleb managed to smack me in the face with something new and cool and AWESOME!
I found that after a time and I almost started to peter out from the action, Caleb managed to whip something back in my face every time! And he managed to do this again and again with really amazing skill!
Of course there were a few things I disliked, but there was also so much I loved.
I thought about it for a while, and now I’m deciding the overall rating is going to have to be a 3½ out of 5 stars.
I recommend this book to: All who enjoy fantasy with many battles in it. For those of you who enjoy brother relationships, mysterious powers, and hard working groups of good trying to fight for what’s right, this book will be an AMAZING read for you!
I also recommend this book more for boys, although I can definitely see girls liking it as well. I’d say that age range is probably best set as 10+.
And nooowww…INTERVIEW TIME! *turns on ‘professional’ interrogation mode* let’s do this!
(I bolded the questions out for you guys to make things easier amongst my ramblings as I’m super giddy about talking with a real live author)
Me: Alright! Welcome, welcome, welcome Caleb to this interview! *hands you your favorite drink and plops down on a couch across from you as I slosh my own drink everywhere* I’m so excited to be interviewing you today!! Jumping right in, as I was reading A Silence in the Shadows, I always had this question in my mind, so I’m going to ask you it today: What was the first idea you had for this book? Like how did you it all start?
Caleb: All right! Thank you very much! *sips drink* let’s see…I remember right before I started writing it I really wanted to create a story with ninja-type heroes and have them infiltrating big castles and fighting their enemies. That’s basically what inspired me to start writing it. When I started writing I wasn’t much of a plotter, I didn’t outline anything, so everything else just kind of unfolded after that.
Me: Ooooo, that sounds really neat! So when did you begin writing this book and when did you finish it?
Caleb: Let’s see…I started writing on July 23rd, 2016, finished the first draft September 21st, 2016, and finished the final book…well, it’s being published June 17th, 2019. I’m not sure when I actually finished writing it.
Me: Ahh okay. Wow, I guess it’s been a while since you began!
Okay, moving straight along, I’m going to be evil now and make whatever character you don’t choose jealous by asking: who was your favorite character to write and why?
Caleb: Hmm…that’s really hard! I’d probably say Faal, because it was just fun to get him into dangerous situations due to his reckless character!
Me: Haha sorry 😝 Ooo so true! Faal was a pretty fun character! Okay so I’m really curious; how did you come up with the title for the book? It sounds so cool and mysterious!
Caleb: It came to me really early on, I didn’t have to think about it at all. I just realized that was what its name was as soon as I started writing and I’ve called it that all the time I’ve worked on it!
Me: Okay, that is super awesome! I’ve already had to change my book title a few times, so that’s super cool yours worked first try!
Okay, so, is anything in your book actually based or related to real life experiences or people, or did you just create everything all by imagination?
Caleb: Yeah, I think several things are based off of life experiences. I would guess that most stories have things based off of events in real life, it just sort of leaks in without you realizing it.
Me: *slurps drink wisely* that actually makes sense, I’ve actually had a lot of my life and people and experiences leaked into my book too.
Okay! And now for the very last question: What was the most interesting or inspirational thing you learned from writing A Silence in the Shadows?
Caleb: Hmm…well, it was the first novel length story I ever wrote so it showed me I could write an actual novel, which was pretty cool.
Me: Haha, that’s super awesome!
Alright thank you so much Caleb for letting me read your book and for taking the time to be interviewed! Congratulations with your book, and I cannot wait to see more of your amazing stories in the future!
Caleb: You’re welcome, and thank you!!
Okay guys, and now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…!
Eeeek! I know right!!!???
BUT!! Caleb actually has a Kindle version AND, sometime today, June 17, he is releasing an actual PAPERBACK COPY!!!!!!
Yay, way da go me, accidentally posting on the release date…
Sooo guys! Ya gunna read Caleb’s awesome book!!?
*ALSO, sorry that I took a ‘hiatus’ last week (I didn’t post anything if any of you actually noticed), I was trying to get this post out last week but I realized I couldn’t do it all in time, so I switched it to this week and realized I didn’t have anything ready for last week haha. SOoooOOOo, I’m back now! (with exams this week…bleh…) but I’m still alive!
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