Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Review - The Shadow of All Things, by Allen Houston

 Title: The Shadow of All Things
Author: Allen Houston
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Pages: 332
Genre: Paranormal/Urban

When a man in a torn trench coat warns college-student Evelyn Cheng that something evil is coming down the tunnel where their subway train has stalled, she is ready to write him off as crazy until the lights flicker and the terrifying creatures appear. Through him, Evelyn discovers she is a seer and that a battle between good and evil is raging in New York City among her kind and the mysterious, otherworldly Elyuum, who seek to tighten their grip on the city. Spanning multiple universes with a sprawling cast of characters, Evelyn and others must stop the Elyuum before they conquer all existence.


I can say that I loved this book.  I love to read books where we get more then one side to things, and the point of views in this book did not change to harshly.  I have a hard time with books that change between characters, jumping around when they don't need to do it. The author did not do that with this book.  The changes were fluid.

I love when an author can put us into a fantasy world but keep it in a real setting.  We are in New York, and not the pretty, glitzy side of New York.  We get the real stuff, and I love that.  We get to see how the world would look if the paranormal world was laid on top of the world that is already there.  And with the way that Allen wrote things, you get a real vision of how it was all happening.  I could really picture the world in my mind.

Evelyn is thrown into the world and she does a good job navigating it.  She was written wonderfully and you can see that she is real.  She is one of those women you read about in books and want to be.  The strong, smart ones who know how to get you from point A to point B.

I would highly recommend this book!

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 About the Author:

Allen Houston grew up in Bixby, Oklahoma.
He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a degree in English Literature. After graduation, he lived in Indonesia and Japan. Upon returning to the states, he worked as a reporter/editor at the the Dallas Morning News and The New York Post and as City Editor of Metro New York. Allen resides in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. After Imogen was born, he began writing a story for her and Nightfall Gardens was created.

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