ShadowQueen by Debbie Federici & Susan Vaught

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    ShadowQueen  by  Debbie Federici & Susan Vaught  (Book Two in the L.O.S.T. Series  © 2005  Llewellyn Worldwide  ISBN  0-7387-0827-5   Paperback   Ages 12 and Up  312 pages  $8.95 (U.S.)  $11.95 (Canada)

    When I read L.O.S.T. last year, I was afraid it was going to end being a “stand alone,” but I hoped it might, somehow, develop into a series.  Gods know, we can use more fiction with an “occult” slant written by people who have a feel for the topic.  I am pleased to say that this series fulfills that requirement.

    The major disadvantage I had with the book was that I had let so much time pass between reading the first volume in the series, and it took me  a couple of chapters to get back up to speed again.  I would advise you to take the time to re-read the first book before starting into this one if it has been more than couple of months since you read it.

    The world of L.O.S.T. (Live Oak Springs Township) straddles the mundane and magickal worlds.  To all outer appearances it is a small town in the desert.  It is also a contact point to many villages disconnected from the normal time/space line and linked by the Path.

    Jasmina (Jazz) Corey was Queen of the Witches before she died at the end of L.O.S.T. and Brenden (Bren) had been thrust into the role of King of the Witches (okay, it isn’t in touch with reality, but it isn’t supposed to be.  It’s entertainment, not a teaching book).

    Bren has been unaware for the past six months that it might be possible to bring her back from the borderlands of The Summerland, but when he finds out, he begins to make plans to rescue her.  This alone is a major change for him.  He has been more noted for rushing into things and not thinking it through before hand.

    The pacing is crisp and the imagery is sharp.  The characters and situations are, even if slightly “out there,” easy enough to relate to.

    Unlike many of Llewellyn’s fiction works, which are aimed at the younger reader, this books (and the preceding volume) are aimed at the teenage market.

    There are some really unexpected twists in the plot-line, as well as some things which anyone can see coming.  It is pure escapism and I look forward to the third book in the series – which is foreshadowed by the ending of this novel.


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