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Library JournalDaraja has set out down the river to find her heart, a clan tradition normally reserved for men. Yet Daraja is determined to prove to her father and eight brothers that she, too, can return with spoils and a companion to support her family. Her trip is quickly interrupted when hunters attempt to frame her in the forbidden poaching of the protected canis. A mysterious stranger, who seems to have an otherworldly connection with the animals, attempts to help her, and Daraja realizes there is more to this world—and her quest—than she suspected.
Verdict Edwards delivers in her new novella from the “Araneae Nation” series (after A Hint of Frost and A Feast of Souls). She embraces the short story format and deftly manages to pack a handful of intriguing characters, including a few of the four-legged variety, two battles, and a love story into just over 100 pages. The writing is lush and allows the reader to become immersed in the new world immediately. A Cast of Shadows will likely send readers searching for more from this series and its author.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks Lib.
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