Shadow Song

Shadow Song

by Lorina Stephens


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Based upon a true tragedy that occurred in the village of Hornings Mills, Ontario, Canada, Shadow Song is set amid the economic ruin that occurred to so many émigrés and British pensioned officers of the 1830s. It is full of psychological and cultural contrasts of two cultures at odds with one another, and an intimate familiarity with the geography of the novel, from the immigrants' miserable landing stage at Grosse Isle into the dark reaches of Lake Superior's North Shore.

What the Media Say:
Lorina Stephens has proven herself an engaging author. The (Hanover) Post

The book Shadow Song is as diverse as the woman who wrote it. Susan Doolan The Barrie Examiner

It is often the case with contemporary Canadian authors that they have a tendency to punctuate their novels with long, psychological dissertations on mundane subjects. It's as if they feel that each everyday occurrence is fraught with deep sociological undertones. Shadow Song, fortunately, is free of such meanderings. It has a good economy of words and each paragraph contains vital information. Dan Pelton Orangeville Citizen

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780973927818
Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Lorina Stephens has worked as editor, freelance journalist for national and regional print media, is author of seven books both fiction and non-fiction, been a festival organizer, publicist, lectures on many topics from historical textiles and domestic technologies, to publishing and writing, teaches, and continues to work as a writer, artist, and publisher at Five Rivers Publishing.

She has had several short fiction pieces published in Canada's acclaimed On Spec magazine, Postscripts to Darkness, Neo-Opsis, Deluge, Strangers Among Us, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's fantasy anthology Sword & Sorceress X.

Her book credits include:

Stonehouse Cooks, Five Rivers Publishing, 2011,
From Mountains of Ice, Five Rivers Publishing, 2009,
And the Angels Sang, Five Rivers Publishing, 2008,
Shadow Song, Five Rivers Publishing, 2008,
Recipes of a Dumb Housewife, Lulu Publishing 2007,
Credit River Valley, Boston Mills Press 1994,
Touring the Giant's Rib: A Guide to the Niagara Escarpment; Boston Mills Press 1993
Lorina Stephens is presently working on two new novels, The Rose Guardian, and Caliban. She lives with her husband of four decades in a historic stone house in Neustadt, Ontario.

You can find her at, Facebook, and Twitter @LorinaStephens

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Shadow Song 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
buecom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"While the weather lasted we dried and stored whatever we could, putting aside duck potatoes, Queen Anne's lace, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild onions, pickerlweed and more, this with a liberal supply of fish and goose we had brought with us. To this Shadow Song added a bull moose he had the good fortune to bring down. We even had a little maple syrup and sugar left from the preceding spring.By the time the first snows flew we were as prepared as we wer going to be We shared afire in the wigwam, huddled into furs while Shadow Song told me stories about Nanabush and Mandamin, of Piti-robin and of Kineu. The one I remembered most clearly that early winter was the story of Geezhig and Waban-anug lovers who had been betrothed. Just before their marriage Waban-anug died, leaving Geezhig in grief. So great was his love for her that he set out on a quest to find the Land of the Souls, despite warnings from his elders. After much privation he was granted his wish. His spirit fled his body and he travelled to the mysterious land where all souls dwelled. When at last he reached the shore, Waban-anug was there. That was all he was granted to her once again. He woke to find himself back in his body, back in the land of the living." - From Shadow SongAn well researched and fascinating read. Because the narrative is based on a true story, the information it provides not only about the First Nations culture but about the first European settlement to our area.
Runte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superior writing backed by meticulous research and authentic characterization elevates this cultural fantasy to candidate for Great Canadian Novel. Historical romance has ten year old girl thrust into life in 1830s Upper Canada (after sheltered aristocratic upbringing in England) and eventually into learning from First nation's shaman. Fantasy elements based on First Nation's culture as convincing and riveting as any based on usual Celtic/Anglo traditions; historical detail so finely rendered you can reach out to touch the settings; and authentic voice of 1830s heroine gives narration fine Jane Austin feel-- with maybe touch of Black Donnellys thrown in. Definitely in the best tradition of dark, slow Canadian fiction, book packs a powerful punch. Recommended.
Aanla More than 1 year ago
This book started out well but just seemed to get worse as it went along until the ending which was very disappointing. Sorry, just not my kind of book