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Alistair the Fourth was a mighty general from a long-forgotten war. Four hundred years later, Alster Lightbridge is barely a shadow of his legendary namesake. Crippled and confined to his family’s estate, he spends his days dreaming of something larger than himself - something worthy of his name.

Encouraged by his tutor to explore the Lightbridge archive, Alster discovers a magical dagger with the power to cleave shadows from their bodies. Blade in hand, Alster finally understands his purpose, though he needs to find a four-centuries-old grave in order to fulfill it.

©2017 Stuart Thaman (P)2017 Stuart Thaman

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Core of a reasonable novel

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There's a core of a novel that I'm sure I would enjoy, but Stuart needs a high quality ruthless editor to work through the text, expand here, contract there, and generally fix up the text "breathed his last breath" -> "drew his last breath", things like that.
Josiah Davis is quite wooden, and clearly had a mental meltdown when trying to make up an eastern rift accent. Most of his other voices were passable. There were some written voice emphasis in the text that Josiah missed completely. The echo effect needs to be toned way down - the text was unintelligible in parts.

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  • Dan D.
  • Oakland, NJ USA
  • 06-30-18

An Excellent and Engaging Story

As someone who loves fantasy novels, I was intrigued to see what was in store for Shadowlith. It's a story that without a doubt pulls you in. The characters are well developed and the reader can really relate to them. Anyone who's ever felt overshadowed will understand what it's like to be Alster. This is definitely the launching point for a series that I already cannot wait to continue. As for the bad? Well, I was not a fan of the narrator. He was very breathy, there were several errors in his reading, and it was very distracting from the story. Other than that? I have no complaints. I'm excited for the next book!