Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Shadow Tribe Book 1 by Jaffrey Clark

I enjoyed this novel for young adults. There is a little bit of fantasy and a little bit of magic. Most of the novel is about friendship, loyalty and surviving in adverse situations, however.

This volume contains the first three parts of the series and each part introduces a new character. We first meet Joby, a homeless kid who sleeps in a tree and has a dog as his good friend. We find out how Joby survives and even provides food for his dog. We get a hint of trouble in the village.

The next part introduces Tara, a young girl who steals food from the king. Joby can see her though she is invisible to others. It turns out Joby is invisible too, except she can see him. The two wonder at their similarities and form a strong friendship.

The third part introduces Mickam, son of a soldier. He's like Joby and Tara and he may hold the answer to the mystery of who they are, a shadow tribe.

But all is not well in Terron. There is a nefarious and powerful sorcerer who would ban all magic but his own. His tricky ways seduces the king and may bring disaster to the village.

This is a good fantasy series for young readers. There are definite good guys and bad guys. There is magic that can bring healing but other magic that can be used for ill. And there are young people who may be the only hope for preventing the spread of evil.

The first story in the series, The Boy With the Scar, is free and you can get it here.

There are more stories in this series and you can keep up with them here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Jaffrey Clark has been telling stories since childhood. After working toward an accounting degree and participating on the swim team at Pennsylvania State College, he began writing his first novel. Ten years later and he is still writing. He lives in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania with his wife and children.

Jaffrey Clark Publishing, 285 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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