A Shadow all of Light

One of my college mentors, Fred Chappell released his latest fantasy book, A Shadow all of Light the other day. If you are looking for an engaging fantasy with touches of humor, this is your book!


Fred Chappell’s “A Shadow All of Light,” a stylish, episodic fantasy novel, follows the exploits of Falco, a young man from the country, who arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadow thief. Maestro Astolfo, whose mysterious powers of observation would rival those of Sherlock Holmes, sees Falco’s potential and puts him through a grueling series of physical lessons and intellectual tests.

Falco’s adventures coalesce into one overarching story of con men, monsters, ingenious detection, cats, and pirates. A wry humor leavens this fantastical concoction, and the style is as rich and textured as one would hope for from Chappell, a distinguished poet as well as a World Fantasy Award-winning fantasy writer


Pick it up at:


Barnes and Noble’s

Scuppernong Books 

Quail Ridge Books

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