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.
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Stuart Thaman weaves and exciting adventure full of magic and intrigue. The story's focus is on the protagonist Alester, the son of a nobleman, whose father despises him, and his desperate attempt to escape his cruel upbringing and the world he finds himself a prisoner of.
His journey begins with his escape from the manor home, with the aid of Elsey, a young serving girl and his childhood friend and a magical dagger left behind by his famous namesake. Their flight of survival leads the pair on a twisted path full of trials and tribulations as they trek across the world to its darkest corner to reveal the truth of Alster's forefathers and a deeper evil that now threatens to plague the world once again.
The story is wonderfully crafted, the world vivid and the author's characters alive and engaging. Shadowlith is well worth a read and I am already looking forward to continuing the journey in the next instalment.