A Shadow All of Light (Hardcover)
Tor Books, 9780765379122, 384pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
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Fred Chappell's A Shadow All of Light, a stylish, episodic fantasy novel, follows the exploits of Falco, a young man from the country, who arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadow thief. Maestro Astolfo, whose mysterious powers of observation would rival those of Sherlock Holmes, sees Falco's potential and puts him through a grueling series of physical lessons and intellectual tests.
Falco's adventures coalesce into one overarching story of con men, monsters, ingenious detection, cats, and pirates. A wry humor leavens this fantastical concoction, and the style is as rich and textured as one would hope for from Chappell, a distinguished poet as well as a World Fantasy Award-winning fantasy writer.
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Praise For A Shadow All of Light: A Novel…
“Sword and sorcery with Shakepearian panache.” —World Magazine
“More than the sum of its parts.” —Locus
“The humor, inventiveness and suspense are top-notch, and the concept is as sly as Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire.” —Asheville Citizen-Times
“Chappell has a deft touch for comedy and for capers, and his witty, elegant prose shows a poet’s deep love for words.” —Publishers Weekly