Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Shadowghast

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Book Review - Shadowghast


About the Book

In the third mysterious tale of Eerie-on-Sea, it’s almost Ghastly Night, and the Shadowghast—an ancient spirit in a lantern—lurks in wait for the power to enslave the town.

In this third adventure, shipwrecked orphan Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, must square off with a creature of town lore as he confronts a shadow from his past. While other towns celebrate Halloween, in Eerie-on-Sea it’s Ghastly Night, and a grim spirit in a lantern awaits its moment. Legend has it that if people fail to light manglewick candles on Ghastly Night, and if no showman conjures shadow puppets on the pier as an offering, the insulted Shadowghast will seize and devour the shadows of the living. This year, a professional theater troupe has been summoned, including a raven-haired magician named Caliastra with startling news of Herbie’s origins. No sooner have the players checked into the hotel than townspeople start vanishing into thin air, including the guardian of Herbie’s best friend, Violet Parma. It’s up to Herbie and Violet to separate truth from sleight of hand and solve the mystery of the Shadowghast lantern before darkness swallows them all.

My Take on the Book
This was a great new book. While it was the third book in a series, I felt that it was a book that could stand on its' own, even if you have not read the first two. By the end of the book, I knew I wanted to go back to read the first two to not only give me more context but also allow me to get to know the main characters and the whole village and more in the end. The author does a great job at creating a new world with memorable characters, but also a story that keeps you engaged from page one to the very end. 

In this book, Herbie and Violet, which have been the heroes of the book, are back for the third time. They are set in Eerie-on-Sea, in which the author does an amazing job at describing and painting the picture of a strange village. As mentioned, I had not read the first two books so for me, this was my first introduction and it was a great one. 

The book is full of mystery, intrigue, and some creepy undertones with the characters having to deal with peril around every corner. You start to question who is friend or foe and with the supernatural bent of the book and the mystery that ensues, you are kept on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. 

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