A young man from a small village climbs a cow pasture fence one night and pulls the moon from the sky. So begins the transformation of an uncomplicated villager named Sebastian into the Knight of Moon & Shadow, a warrior fighting to defend his town and his love during an epic battle of powerful wizards.
Swept up by mysterious magical forces, Sebastian is the last hope of his village. He must defeat a nightmare beast and its creator who seek to use the destructive power of his people’s worst fears against them.
Mysteriously empowered to resist the forces intent on destroying his world, he collects the magical arms and armor that he will need to save it. Sebastian’s allies are his fellow villagers, the spirit of the moon, and the mysterious channeler who started him on this path.
Moon & Shadow is the story of a young man’s struggle to use his mysterious gifts to save his world and everything he knows from destruction.
Plot: This inventive, allegorical fairy tale centers on a villager who pulls down the moon. Magical realism and gentle romance allow the brief, whimsical narrative to shine.
Prose: Lamperti writes in a graceful, matter-of-fact matter and with moments of piercing lyrical beauty.
Originality: Lamperti's fanciful novel is tonally reminiscent of classic fairy tales, but in a modern context, the narrative is decidedly unusual in style and execution.
Character/Execution: The characters in Moon & Shadow are more archetypal in nature than emotionally or psychologically nuanced. The manner of character development is appropriate for the fableistic quality of the story.
Date Submitted: May 28, 2020
5 out of 5
Moon & Shadow is brilliant. A fantasy book that can definitely be enjoyed by any age, this book grabs you from the start. There's a bit of humor mixed in with the mystery and danger. If you're a fan of adventures and magic, you'll want to curl up and spend an afternoon or two lost in the pages of this book.