In a parallel future, mankind creates its own worst nightmare: hybrid beings that barter for peace at an unspeakably high price for humans. The Lottery – an agreed-upon system between the human church and government, and a council of hybrids – randomly selects human breeders and laborers.
Struggling with and against The Lottery and the uneasy truce between humans and hybrids, a tortured man seeks redemption, and a family is torn apart but determined to reunite, even as a growing resistance gains steam.
With Shadows and Fire, first-time author Jennifer Fales the power of the individual, the strength of family, the unbreakable bond between siblings and the power and support found in the extended family in the face of a powerful and corrupt system.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)|
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This book was very unique to what I've been reading lately. This is to be the first book in a series and gives you an exciting taste of what is to come. The character and world descriptions are amazing and memorable. The human/animal hybrid aspect of the story is intriguing but could have used a little more backround information. While very short this story does pack a lot of information and adventure into It's pages. I can't wait to see the next book(s) in this new series.
Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite This story takes place in a futuristic world where there are animal/human hybrids. The combinations are very unique, so it took me a little while to catch on to all of the different combinations of creatures encountered in the book. The main characters are twins, Laydon and Lilith, who are as different as night and day, but they have that unique twin bond that links them. Their mother was a trained supernatural with special powers and Maltha, the Dragon lady, wants to know what powers the siblings have when they are joined together. It reminded me a little bit of "Escape from Witch Mountain" with the brother/sister special powers going on. We don’t find that out in this book, but the ending is open-ended, so perhaps we’ll find out in the next installment. I’d like to see the film version of this book because the author creates such a colorful, vivid description of characters unlike any I can imagine. The writing is very good and very imaginative. The setting is quite unique and very much fulfills the fantasy genre. There were such a large number of sideline characters introduced that I didn’t quite understand their roles, but since this is a short introductory book in what is going to be a series, I guess I’ll have to keep reading the subsequent books to understand how they play into the story. It is a good all-around story that I think teens will especially find interesting and it is a fun escape from reality as it is a short read.
This was a unique book. It was a little too short, leaving me wanting more. I am glad that this is just the first book in this series. The world building and character building are unique and wonderful. A mixture of animal and humans have created a unique hybrid character. The two twins were total opposites who obviously have a greater purpose once they are together. The problem is we don't know yet what that purpose is. I look forward to reading more from this author.
The author created a fantasy world the reader can fall into. The main characters, Lilith and Laydon, are brother and sister. As the summary suggests, the siblings are forced from each other and must find a way to reunite. There are quite a few other characters that could be considered main characters, there are others that walk the line between main and secondary characters as well. The reader will enjoy being introduced to these very different characters; the only problem with this many characters is that the reader may find it hard to connect to them and remember who is who. The world the author created is very unique and surprisingly interesting. It is unlikely that the reader will encounter any other novel with the same plot. The events are fast-paced, though the reader will not be easily confused as the author carefully lays out the events. The idea behind this unique world is different and very innovative. The reader will find it hard not to enjoy the book. One of the only complaints was that the book was too short. It would have been nice to get to know the characters and the world better. That being said, the author does a good job of drawing the reader in and holding his/her attention. This is only the author's first novel; hopefully, there are many more to come. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.