Dreams and Shadows: A Novel

Dreams and Shadows: A Novel

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by C. Robert Cargill
     
 

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A wonderful modern tale of magic and mystery, an amazing storytelling debut

There is another world beyond our own . . .

nce bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, now Ewan's an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, while Colby cannot escape an innocent wish. But while they left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has

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A wonderful modern tale of magic and mystery, an amazing storytelling debut

There is another world beyond our own . . .

nce bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, now Ewan's an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, while Colby cannot escape an innocent wish. But while they left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies and foul-mouthed wizards argue metaphysics, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.

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Publishers Weekly
In this beautifully written debut, Ain’t It Cool News Web site contributor Cargill chronicles the friendship and adventures of Ewan, stolen as a baby by the fairy–goblin crossbreeds called Bendith Y Mamau, and Colby, an eight-year-old who encounters a djinn, with an unhurried storyteller style that provides total immersion. The two boys travel from the faerie lands known as the Limestone Kingdom, a realm filled with creatures of myth—Coyote, changelings, the Wild Hunt, and more—to Austin, Tex., where they must learn to navigate the often treacherous path to adulthood. Legends and faerie lore are given a dark urban twist with a raw, honest, sometimes violent edge. The universe is richly detailed, and issues of destiny and sacrifice give the story depth. Readers with delicate sensibilities should leave this one for those who enjoy a roller-coaster ride into the depths of strangeness and despair. Agent: Peter McGuigan, Foundry Literary + Media. (Mar.)
Library Journal
A noted screenwriter and film critic (his Sinister hits the big screen this month), Cargill launches his fiction career with the story of a supernatural world lying right up against our own, separated by only a thin veil. Ewan and Colby have been there and still remember angels, wizards, and fairies (I especially like the whiskey-toting genies). Now the magic is calling them back. Some twisty stuff here; pitched to fans of Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Erin Morgenstern, and Kim Harrison and boasting a 40,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
Contemporary fairies-among-us yarn; screenwriter and film critic Cargill's debut. Baby Ewan Thatcher, abducted by fairies and taken to live in the Limestone Kingdom, a magic realm outside Austin, Texas, has little idea who he really is and no idea at all why the fairies grabbed him. Young Colby Stephens, meanwhile, meets Yashar the djinni and obtains the usual three wishes, the most important of which is that Yashar make him a wizard. Yashar doesn't tell Colby that he's under a curse such that all the wishes he grants come to bad ends. The changeling left in place of Ewan, a repulsive and viciously vindictive creature named Knocks, causes Ewan's parents to kill themselves. Later, in fairyland, Knocks hatches unpleasant schemes to injure or kill Ewan, particularly after Ewan unwittingly steals Mallaidh, the fairy girl Knocks erroneously believes to be his. On the day Ewan is assured he will become a fairy, Colby and Yashar are on hand, and when they understand the fairies' true intent, they intervene. Ewan is cast out of the Limestone Kingdom and ekes out a living in Austin as a second-rate musician, with only vague memories of his time among the fairies. But this is just the beginning of a relationship that continues over the years--it's not possible to enlarge further without giving the game away--involving Austin, all manner of strange fairy creatures, hard-drinking fallen angels, Ewan's parents, Coyote the trickster god and hell itself. Exceptional worldbuilding, sure-handed plotting and well-rounded characters, even the nasty ones, abound, and the whole impressive enterprise moves smartly along through a fairy culture with a structure and motivations sharply different from that of humans. A mesmerizing and highly original debut.
Booklist
“Richly imagined...an auspicious debut.”
Starburstmagazine.com
“Thoroughly enchanting.”
BookPage
“A potent introduction to a world where the wondrous is rarely wonderful, the best intentions are guaranteed to roam farthest astray, and the reader is destined to keep turning the pages until the (somewhat) bitter end.”
StarburstMagazine.com
"A thoroughly enchanting debut novel"
Tor.com
“Dark, comedic, and unsettling, Dreams and Shadows is everything an urban fantasy sets out to be.”
Breitbart/Big Hollywood
"Cargill proves with Dreams and Shadows that he’s not just a writer capable of creating and presenting dense mythology well
SFRevu
“The rich language, world building, and moral questions posed make for fascinating reading. Much of the novel is dark, but hope and redemption form the bedrock of the complex characters.”
Breitbart/ Big Hollywood
“Cargill proves with Dreams and Shadows that he’s not just a writer capable of creating and presenting dense mythology well...but that he is also a talented storyteller with a visual sense about his prose that edges on riveting.”
MTV Geek
“Screenwriter and former film critic C. Robert Cargill’s urban fantasy novel creates a rich universe full of dangerous and fascinating characters....the world that Cargill has created here is too rich to abandon.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062190420
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Pages:
433
Sales rank:
1,164,009
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.44(d)

Meet the Author

C. Robert Cargill is the screenwriter of the film Sinister, and he is currently working on the film adaptation of Deus Ex. He wrote for Ain't It Cool News for nearly a decade under the pseudonym Massawyrm, served as a staff writer for Film.com and Hollywood.com, and appeared as the animated character Carlyle on spill.com. The author of Dreams and Shadows lives and works in Austin, Texas.

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Dreams and Shadows: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
dnabgeek More than 1 year ago
This one was a great gritty read. The characters are bold and the story is engaging. If you are a fan of darker fairy stories, this one is worth a read for sure.
TyWilsonSLC More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an advance reading copy from the publisher and am thrilled that I did. What an amazing book! C. Robert Cargill has created a living, breathing world filled with supernatural creatures that live both among us and in the wild lands around us. This is the tale of a young boy who, with the aid of a Djinn, makes a wish or two that alters the future of not only himself, but of the entire Fae world. The story flies along, and reached a conclusion that is both satisfying and left me wanting more at the same time. The world Mr. Cargrill creates is one that I would gladly visit again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! Read a review of this in the paper and thought it sounded interesting. Could not put this down. Absolutely loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been years since a novel has captivated and enthralled me as much as Cargill's Dreams and Shadows. The world in which he has created is as dark and corrupt as it is beautiful and magical, with unforgettable characters and a story that left me hungry for more with every page I turned. Cargill, in his both wonderful and mystifying imagination, has created a tale that will delight me for years to come, as I will surely be reading it again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was looking for something new and different. Glad I took a chance on this read. Definitely recommend to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And rainbow fairy tales green yellow red blue books. For the committed fan of this fantasy subs genre. if not skip
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kind of book. Keeps the magic and mystery of good old-fashioned fairy tales with the addition of modern elements that make it more relatable to modern fiction. I enjoyed this book very much and have already bought the next volume for my Nook.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
While this story begins with the tale of two boys - this is definitely an novel geared towards adults. The first part of the story tells the history of Ewan, Knocks, and Colby. It all begins in the fairy courts - and eventually it seems to end there as well. The story is full of new legends and lore that are based in some of the traditional faerie legends that I have read in the past. It is at the same time both familiar and strange. This wonderful mix was what kept the book going for me. I loved the history and the interactions between the non-human folk.  The downfall of this book was that even once I finished - I wasn't quite sure where the story was going. This is a series, so perhaps more will be "settled" in book two, but I was just confused as to what the point of it all was at the end of book one. It was also much more violent than I had expected - so if you like your violence behind closed doors and glossed over - this isn't for you. While it wasn't overly graphic, it was still quite descriptive and not my favorite. 
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Fantastic story, excellent characters and a great read. Loved it.
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kshore More than 1 year ago
This book went from good, to very good, to excellent!  Loved the characters and their interactions.  The blending of mundane world and the world of fairies, djinn, and other fairytale folk was done seamlessly.  Can't wait to read another of his books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book. See for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining. Couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced story; I couldn't put it down. Fans of dark fairy tales will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Book!!!!! He should make a second one for sure!!!
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If you like fairies and demons this book is your new best friend. It goes far beyond the vampire/werewolf novels and brings out a completely new adventure in the fictional world. Its perfectly spaced out and it goes on at an equally perfect pace. The story goes back and forth between the lives of all the characters which is perfect for when their lives collide. Theres romance, action, betrayal and true nobility. Dreams and Shadows will be your new favorite book.
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