Title: Dreams and Shadows
Author: Robert C. Cargill
Summary (from Goodreads)
There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.
Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.
I love fairies. Not the pretty, Disney-fied version. The ugly, creepy, twisted versions of myth and legend – as multitudinous as the stars at night, each one even more horrible and fascinating than the rest.
Dreams and Shadows brings many of them out to play in a story that is at once an epic tale of war and an intimate story of friendship between two young boys as they grow into two young men, their lives entwined with the magic and treachery of the fairy world.
The story is told from a number of different perspectives, including a series of extracts from a book on the Fairy world which ought to have been dull, but actually added to the colour of the world. Knowing more about the habits and the horrors of each of the species encountered just added to the sense of building foreboding as the story built towards its climax.
It’s difficult to say much more than that without spoiling the reading experience. It’s a strange book, but in the best sort of way – a rich and fascinating experience that will leave a lasting impression. And make you careful to close your windows at night.