OK, so when I started The Shadowy Man, a novella written E.P. Clark, I presumed the review originally would not be released until tomorrow (for reasons explained). But geez, I was wrong. Anyway, here is my review.
It’s funny, this book was also ironic because I’m Italian myself, as my ancestors (great grandparents, etc.) come from Positano, Italy. And my mother’s father’s side of the family is Fiorentino, the name meaning “coming from Florence.” Ironically, this is where the story of this book is set. Now, on to the review!
I thought this little novella was amazing. It was packed with incredible ideas and adventures through renaissance-era Italy.
Although the book needs a bit more editing, it still presented one hell of a story.
The first several chapters set up the plot of the story satisfactorily, as we meet the main character, Giacomo, and the Prince he guards, a young boy named Luca. But out of nowhere, he is taken by a presumably malevolent entity, ‘the shadowy man.’
I thought those first several chapters were just OK. They were a bit rushed for my liking, but hey, I was, like I said, OK with it.
After those chapters, though, the writing began to flow beautifully and I was hooked into it. From there until the end, I literally didn’t stop reading. It was so good and I actually was scared for Giacomo during the adventure. His character was developed through the twists and turns, and boy was I there for it.
All in all, if you are a fan of historical fantasy, magic, and adventure, you will likely love this little book. It really knows, especially in the latter part of the story, to feed on your fear.
I’ll be back in a few hours with the Quote of the Night.