Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Sunlight And Shadow by Cameron Dokey

A new spin on "The Magic Flute" by an acclaimed author!
In a time when the world was young and many things were quite commonplace that are now entirely forgotten, Sarastro, Mage of the Day, wed Pamina, the Queen of the Night. And in this way was the world complete, for light was joined to dark. For all time would they be joined together. Only the ending of the world could tear them apart. In other words, in the days in which my parents married, there was no such thing as divorce....
        Thus begins the tale of Mina, a girl-child born on the longest night of the darkest month of the year. When her father looked at her, all he saw was what he feared: By birth, by name, by nature, she belonged to the Dark. So when Mina turned sixteen, her father took her away from shadow and brought her into sunlight.
In retaliation, her mother lured a handsome prince into a deadly agreement: If he frees Mina, he can claim her as his bride.
Now Mina and her prince must endure deadly trials -- of love and fate and family -- before they can truly live happily ever after....

Glitter Text -     Sunlight and Shadow was very short and cute. The beginning was filled with background information, but in an interesting way that made you want to know. Mina was a very unique character and her background was just as strange. Being the daughter of night and day doesn't seem like an easy position. She had a great relationship with her mother and I wish she could've interacted with her more throughout the book. Her father took an oath to not see her until her sixteenth birthday when she shall have the take a husband. He instantly made a bad impression on me when he broke his promise and me and Mina had the same thought process about his actions. All in all, Sunlight and Shadow was a very good fairytale with all the right elements. It had its flaws, like the run-through ending, but it is a wonderful choice if you want something quick and satisfying.

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