Today is my stop on the Shades of the Stars blog tour! I’ve been gushing about this book all week! And guess what?! Shades of the Stars and FREE on kindle for the week of the blog tour!
Shades of the Stars: A Legend of the Dreamer anthology. Shades of the Stars includes the novellas The Witch’s Curse, The Warrior’s Code, and an exclusive story called The Enchanter’s Fire. Exclusive playlists. Essays on the world of the Order. Interviews. Deleted scenes from Light of the Moon. And an exclusive look at the sequel, Shadow of the Sun.
*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
As soon as I read Light of the Moon I knew I was hooked. This series is one of my favorites. David James writes in a way that elicits so much emotion you can’t help but be pulled into the world he’s created. Since this anthology combines all three of his novellas together I’m going to review each individually.
The Witch’s Curse
While I was reading Light of the Moon I really didn’t understand Magda nor her blood lust. I felt truly sorry for her but to be honest, I didn’t feel any real connection to her. After reading The Witch’s Curse I can’t even imagine the pain she felt throughout her life. The shame, the guilt, nor the incessant feeling of knowing you’re cursed. Magda’s story truly broke my heart and I cannot wait to reread Light of the Moon and undoubtedly see her in a different light. Magda and Samuel’s story is beautiful and painful, much like Romeo and Juliet’s.
The Warrior’s Code
In Light of the Moon we briefly meet Zack but I had a feeling he might perhaps play a bigger role in the sequel. I was absolutely entranced by snippets of Zack’s back-story, as well as Zack and Kate’s journey through the three challenges lying between them and becoming Warriors of the Order. It was dark, powerful, and terrifying. I admire how much strength Zack possesses. His strength transcends the challenge of becoming a Warrior but also encompasses his journey into self-discovery.
This leads me to speak of another thing I love about David James’ writing. He’s not afraid to speak to people of all different walks of life. He doesn’t shy away from diversity but rather embraces it. I think this is very important and rather valiant. I find that many authors either shy away or fail to even attempt to write about people of different backgrounds; whether it is race, gender, sexual identity, etc. David not only embraces but exceeds in his writing about diversity. For that, I applaud him.
The Enchanter’s Fire
This might have been my favorite of three novellas. It spoke to a very special part of me, the small part in all of us dying to be accepted. Many of us have been Lily. We’ve felt unaccepted, uncontrollable, unloved.
This story wasn’t just about finding love and acceptance from others but learning to love and accept every part of oneself, including the dark and wild. The writing was so beautiful and I could literally imagine myself standing there, seeing the flames licking off her skin, consuming her hair. That’s my favorite thing about David James’ writing, the poetic and lyrical quality consumes you and makes even the most dark stories feel beautiful.
Much like my feelings about The Warrior’s Code, in The Enchanter’s Fire James tackles tough issues that are often glossed over in young adult fiction. He writes about feelings that we are often afraid to face or acknowledge.
Beyond the novellas, I loved the author interview and essays that accompanied them. It was interesting to see specific details about The Legend of the Dreamer Series‘ world and all of the author’s thoughts and feelings about his specific writing process, characters, and the series.
This book was full of so many emotions, hope, fear, love, guilt, torment, pain…These emotions were brought to life through David James’ melodic and flawless way of writing. It’s a wonderful companion anthology to Light of the Moon and begins to fill in some of the unanswered questions surrounding Light of the Moon‘s secondary characters. I highly recommend grabbing this anthology and Light of the Moon in preparation for Shadow of the Sun.
David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH’S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, SHADES OF THE STARS, will be released in July 2013, and will include the exclusive novella, THE ENCHANTER’S FIRE. The final book in the duet, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in late 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.
Thanks to Dani at Crazy Girl Blog Tours for organizing this tour!