“When things are good, it is because we remember a time when they were not. When there was pain. But now the pain is gone, so things are ‘good’. When we hurt, it is because we recall a time when we did not. When there was no pain. But now we suffer, so things are ‘bad’. The tiger sipped from the cup, peering at the boy over the rim. Stars swirled in its eyes. “Good. Bad. The cup holds both.”
Anybody who has grown up as a 'misfit' or feeling as if they were on the outside will immediately connect with Billy. It ain't easy growin' up! Billy's an introvert, a cat-lover, a reader, an adventurer and a very sensitive soul.
That 10-year-old boy took me from delighted to defensive to heartbroken to terrified and left me with so much anticipation I couldn't sleep. And there wasn't even one character in this book that you couldn't imagine meeting face-to-face. I bought it all. Every word of it.
Everything that you could possibly want in an adventure/fantasy/action/mystery novel aimed straight at a kid's heart is here. There is nothing more gratifying and exciting than watching a character learn, grow and find out just how brave he really is.
And let's not forget the cats.
The best part? It's only the first in a fantastic series by Brooke Burgess: The Shadowland Saga.