Hey guys! Krista here. I’m back with a review and book blast of Sceadu by Prashant Pinge. The blast and giveaway ends December 21.
Sceadu is a young adult fantasy novel about a group of children who, through a book, travel to a new world and take on many obstacles as they struggle to save our own. The novel is set in Britain, and the author uses many British spellings and language, but it is easy to look past and does not really impact the American reader.
The idea behind the book is one I fell in love with quickly. The main characters struggle in a world removed from our own and reached by traveling through our shadows to defeat their enemy and save their – our world. The plot itself I like. However, there are things within the book I would have changed.
While Sceadu is written for young adults, the main characters are children – and they behave like children. I had a hard time coming to terms with the combination of descriptive writing, mature content, and childish actions of the main characters. I would have preferred to read about teens caught in the same situations. Throughout the book, I also noticed errors that a quick run-through by an editor could have fixed: time lapses that make no sense, wrong word usage, grammatical errors. As I read, I started wishing Pinge had taken a little extra time to allow someone to look over his work and check for plot holes, word usage, and other small mistakes.
Perschant Pinge’s writing style is a style that I personally love. He includes descriptions that enable us to be in the world with the children, and experience the things they do. While his descriptions are sometimes over the top, his ability to create a world so different from our own and make it so believable and visible is extraordinary. Overall, I would give Sceadu a 3 out of 5 stars. With a little work, it could become a great book, easily working its way up my list of favorites. However, as is, I see too many flaws in plot, character, spelling, and grammar.
Book title: Sceadu
Author name: Prashant Pinge
Genre: YA fantasy fiction
Publisher: Prashant Pinge (self published)
Date of publication: Nov 10, 2014
Number of pages: 246 (in 6” x 9” PDF)
Word count: About 70,000
About the Book
All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey.
Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind.
With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?
Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the boundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.
About the Author
Prashant Pinge is a published author of short stories and books in the genres of children’s fiction and young adult fantasy fiction. He also writes historical fiction and romantic comedies. His book, Raja & the Giant Donut, was shortlisted for the Economist Crossword Book Awards in the Children’s Writing category in 2011.
Prashant lives in Mumbai, India, with his wife, Avantika, and son, Arjun.
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