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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite

Feeling entrapped in an old family estate of Arradan, Janet Skyy was always curious on what lies in the Valley of Shadow and beyond the old village of Dars. She longed for a journey to the outside world, but her father’s years of strong prohibition and his old age were the two things that stopped her from entertaining her wishes. However, her stagnated days seemed to end when she and her father, Leslye Skyy, found a hidden, ancient grave, together with a book with mysterious carvings. The mystery of the find was further intensified when Professor Rion – a trader – brought them something that eerily connected with the book, as if a piece of a puzzle found its way home.

Chapter one started slowly but it was beautifully written. It engaged me deeply with adequate details to introduce me to the setting and the main protagonist, Janet Skyy, as well as the other characters. Occasionally, the same slow pace is found in other parts of the story too but the great storytelling and intriguing plot more than made up for this small shortcoming. Janet is a well-developed protagonist, believable and memorable at the same time. It was easy to connect to her emotionally. Stacy Shofner Williams knew how to weave “Of Shadow and Ash” to the right climax with enticing mystery, clues and even scary elements of ghosts, nightmares as well as frightening creatures. As the story progressed, I became more curious about what conclusion the story would entail, and I wasn’t disappointed. This book must not be overlooked by fantasy fans.


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Of Sequels and Art

Hang in there, sequel seekers, I plan on getting started after the weekend and I’ll tease you with this: it’ll be more scifi than its predecessor and will address with more depth the mysteries of the Zehdekians, the alien race living so long among the humans that no one remembers when they came there or why. I’m excited about where the story will go from where Of Shadow and Ash left off!

At the same time I’ll be working up some storyboard type stuff for scenes from Of Shadow and Ash that will hopefully develop into illustrations. I have several in mind that I just haven’t had time to get to: Leslye in his study. The Valley of Shadow. The village Dars. Janet’s dark dreams. And more. Can’t wait to get started!

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Now on iBooks

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Paperback release!

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October 11, 2012 · 5:59 pm

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October 8, 2012 · 11:11 am


Of Shadow and Ash

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Kindle release

The Kindle version of Of Shadow and Ash has gone live! The print book will be available soon.

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Welcome to Up Late Writing Books!

Of Shadow and Ash, a novel by Stacy Shofner Williams, will soon be available in both ebook and print.

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