October 16, 2013

Menacing spirits in an apocalyptic world

Shadows Cast by Stars
by Catherine Knutsson

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi lives in a world where Plague is ravaging the planet, and aboriginals are hunted for the antibodies contained in their blood. Threatened by searchers, Cass and her family flee to an island where they'll be protected by the Band. The Island also confines the Spirit World - a collection of supernatural creatures trying to break free. Cass and her twin brother Paul can sense these spirits, and that puts them in even greater danger. Helped by the village healer, Cass tries to harness her powers to help the spirits, a task made treacherous when the evil ones kidnap Paul.

Knutsson skillfully weaves together aboriginal culture, Greek and Arthurian mythology, romance, coming-of-age, sci-fi, and fantasy into an intriguing mix. With multi-faceted characters and otherworldly suspense, it should keep readers fascinated. Open-ended plot points, especially regarding Paul's fate, suggests a sequel may be in the works. 

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