“A story to reacquaint you with courage
In a world of perpetual shadow, a boy is born wielding remarkable power over fire. Amos is seven when he kills a Shadow Wolf and becomes a legend in Shiloh. Everyone is amazed by him… and afraid that his father may be a madman. His father tells stories about a world beyond the Shadow, a time before the Shadow. People who tell those stories usually come to unfortunate ends.
The year Amos and his best friend, Simeon, turn twelve, they are itching to prove themselves. An impetuous plan to steal a beautiful lantern goes miserably awry, and the lantern s owner prophesies that Amos will be devoured by the Shadow. For the first time, a seed of fear is planted in Amos’s mind, and when his father is killed by a Shadow Wolf on the last day of the Great Hunt, the fear takes hold. If so great and brave a man as his father could fall to the Shadow, what hope does he have?
Does anyone ever truly escape the Shadow?
Shiloh is the first book in The Shiloh Series.” (From Goodreads)
I loved this book by Helena Sorenson! The worldbuilding was so rich and deep even in a setting where you could barely see ten feet in front of you. I grew to hate the shadow and love the snatches of radiance and light. My favorite character was Simeon with Orin as a close second. Too often I am Phebe, so her storyline was particularly heartbreaking and encouraging. (And Amos!!!) This was a serious book, so there weren’t any laugh outloud moments; but, oh did I cry! Their world was a picture of ours–so dark but with hope and identity to be found. I especially loved the nightingale song; first because it was beautiful, and second because of its meaning. Not recommended for younger readers because of some violence, ill-treatment of women, and creatures on the side of evil including a shapeshifter. I also didn’t appreciate that the immortals from their mythology that seemed to resemble angels were referred to as “the gods”, but it wasn’t a huge issue.
Best quote: Ezra smiled then, his eyes sparkling. “What do you believe?”
Altogether, I was encouraged by this soul-filled story while enjoying the fantasy element perfect for older readers. 😉