JACOB GOWANS was raised in
Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater
studies and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from
dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and
three children live in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the
Indian Health Services. A Tale of Light and Shadow is his first
published book.

My Thoughts:

The cover for this book is somewhat misleading. It has the appearance of
an action packed middle grade fantasy with lots of magic and scary
creatures, but this book is mostly a love story. It’s about Henry and
Isabelle and their desperate wish to get married, in spite of everything
working against them. While there are some suspenseful scenes in the
book, it mainly focuses on the power of friendship, forgiveness, and
love. Once I adjusted my expectations, I liked the story a lot.

A Tale of Light and Shadow is more young adult than middle grade, but
kids as young as ten could read and enjoy it. There isn’t any offensive
content, but there is some non-descriptive violence.

The story is told from various points of view, in third person, which
creates a different experience for the reader. The author pulled
it off fairly well and the book didn’t have any major hiccups. Some
parts got a little slow, but I appreciated the character building that
happened during those times.

Content: Non-descriptive violence

Source: I received a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.