Of Shadow and Ash

Of Shadow and Ash

by Stacy Shofner Williams


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Janet Skyy was never quite as interested as her father Leslye in the myths of the lost City of Light. She is far more fascinated with hiking away from their ancient, secluded home into the nearby village to listen to an old traveling merchant and his wife tell tales of cities and places afar, and how those people were saved from a terrible plague by the Dramenian foreigners, far from their home across the sea. There seems no way she will ever meet one, or find a reason why her father regards them with such hostility. Her world is turned on its head when the merchants arrive with a mysterious artifact for her father to examine. Janet finds herself drawn into an adventure to explore secrets long buried, and begins to see that there is more to her father than she has ever known - and why they all have so much to fear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988228214
Publisher: Up Late Writing Books
Publication date: 10/11/2012
Series: Of Shadow and Ash , #1
Pages: 514
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Stacy Shofner Williams is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma. Her idea of the perfect day is whiling away a rainy, dreary day typing stories into her laptop or painting a picture while Beethoven music plays in the background. Or movie soundtracks. Particularly Star Wars. She's a geek.

Her novel OF SHADOW AND ASH was spawned long ago as a spinoff of one of her characters in an online Star Wars fan fiction writing club. Over time it evolved into something altogether different, while retaining its scifi/fantasy flavor. Her next project is a continuation of that story and she has many others in mind.

To follow this author, find her on Twitter at twitter.com/janetskyy or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StacyShofnerWilliams. Sometimes she even blogs at uplatewritingbooks.com.

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Of Shadow and Ash 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stacy gives you plenty of background to envision the world she is creating here. Through the eyes of a young girl, she shows you what it is like to find out that nothing is the way it seems. Reminiscent of Tolkien, along with the same kind of twists and turns. This story of Skyy's upbringing and learning who her father really is, rather than the staid man she thought he was, is like a door opening to another world - which Stacy has created shrouded in shadow. Where his story leads her and whom she meets, some who she is fooled into believing and others she has to learn to believe in , along with the "helpers" who also are hiding their true essences makes for an engaging story that you can't put down. This is supposed to be a trilogy, so there is more coming!!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Feeling entrapped in an old family estate of Arradan, Janet Skyy was always curious on what lies in the Valley of Shadow and beyond the old village of Dars. She longed for a journey to the outside world, but her father’s years of strong prohibition and his old age were the two things that stopped her from entertaining her wishes. However, her stagnated days seemed to end when she and her father, Leslye Skyy, found a hidden, ancient grave, together with a book with mysterious carvings. The mystery of the find was further intensified when Professor Rion – a trader – brought them something that eerily connected with the book, as if a piece of a puzzle found its way home. Chapter one started slowly but it was beautifully written. It engaged me deeply with adequate details to introduce me to the setting and the main protagonist, Janet Skyy, as well as the other characters. Occasionally, the same slow pace is found in other parts of the story too but the great storytelling and intriguing plot more than made up for this small shortcoming. Janet is a well-developed protagonist, believable and memorable at the same time. It was easy to connect to her emotionally. Stacy Shofner Williams knew how to weave "Of Shadow and Ash" to the right climax with enticing mystery, clues and even scary elements of ghosts, nightmares as well as frightening creatures. As the story progressed, I became more curious about what conclusion the story would entail, and I wasn't disappointed. This book must not be overlooked by fantasy fans.