JACOB GOWANS was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater studies and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services. A Tale of Light and Shadow is his first published book.

My Thoughts:

The cover for this book is somewhat misleading. It has the appearance of an action packed middle grade fantasy with lots of magic and scary creatures, but this book is mostly a love story. It's about Henry and Isabelle and their desperate wish to get married, in spite of everything working against them. While there are some suspenseful scenes in the book, it mainly focuses on the power of friendship, forgiveness, and love. Once I adjusted my expectations, I liked the story a lot.

A Tale of Light and Shadow is more young adult than middle grade, but kids as young as ten could read and enjoy it. There isn't any offensive content, but there is some non-descriptive violence.

The story is told from various points of view, in third person, which creates a different experience for the reader. The author pulled it off fairly well and the book didn't have any major hiccups. Some parts got a little slow, but I appreciated the character building that happened during those times.

Content: Non-descriptive violence

Source: I received a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.