Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Review of 'Sceadu - Your shadow holds a secret' by 'Prashant Pinge'

Blurb: All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged
out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey.
Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind.
With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?
Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the boundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.

Verdict: ‘Sceadu – your shadow holds a secret’ is yet another wonderful creation by author Prasant Pinge. The book is a Fantasy Fiction and after completing the book I can very easily say that this book has done proper justice to its genre. It will take the readers to a journey of a lifetime.

The name sounds different and unfamiliar, even the Microsoft word doesn’t know the word and marked with a red underline. But as I started reading the book, everything started to make sense. I have had my share of problems while pronouncing the name but the author has also mentioned it in the story how to pronounce it and it is nothing but a different spelling of shadow. The tag sounds interesting too. The face of a goblin on the cover gives the no ordinary effect. The blurb tells about the story quite well and will interest the readers to try it. Though the book was a bit big in size and not so comfortably fits in the hand and is quite heavy too comparing to its 245 pages.

The start of the story was quite dizzy and can make the readers uncomfortable with blurry scenes but as soon the author starts introducing the characters the book picks speed. The author has chosen such a topic to explore which most of us ignore, the shadow. The author has created a parallel world by his imagination and makes it visible with his narrating style. The map on the front really helps the reader to match up with the author’s description. Few creatures were known but maximum of them are born from the authors imagination and holds an effective history. The whole plot was framed with such efficiency that one cannot find any loop holes or lose ends in the story. And most importantly the end will offer a very healthy message for everyone from kids to adults, believe in yourself.

The characterization is something which attracted me the most. Linda, Robert, Stephen each and every character have a different personality and as the story goes, they starts to became more visible. Every character has a pivotal role to play and have their own share of emotions. The author have portrayed the emotion of the characters quite well, be it the fear, the frustration, the determination or the hope. The readers can never get bored with plot. The stupidity that the characters make, makes them more realistic. My personal favorite was Stephen and I was throwing my head back in laughter while reading his conversations or doings.

The book is one unique book in this genre and will entertain all types of readers. There are few editing errors which can easily be ignored. I will recommend this book to all those who are searching for a break from the love stories and want to experience a journey on the edge of their seat.

Final Words: It needs herculean effort to write and create a totally different world and make that visible to the readers but Prashant Pinge has done a marvellous job in this book and will make the readers crave for more.

Title: Sceadu – Your shadow holds a secret
Author: Prashant Pinge
Publisher: Self-published
Page Count: 245
My Rating: 4.75/5

Note: This book is due to release on 10th of November and is available for pre-order.

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