I hate not finishing a book, but I particularly hated to do it to this.
A retelling of The Magic Flute, Cameron Dokey's Sunlight & Shadow had so much potential. And as the story started out, I thought it might be a new favourite. But with each new chapter and each new point-of-view, my interest declined.
Sarastro was too dramatic. Lapin talked too much. There was quite the overdose of random, unnecessary backstory. Tern put too much faith in his heart. And then, there was Gayna.
Though Papagena is one of my favourite characters from Mozart's opera, the book-version of her was nasty. Seventy pages in and she hates Mina? For no apparent reason?
The thing that irked me the most about Sunlight & Shadow was just how seriously it took itself. The Magic Flute *is* a comedy, after all. Had there been less drama and whatnot, this could've been a remarkable story.
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(Sunlight & Shadow was written by Cameron Dokey and published by Simon Pulse; its copyright date is 2004.)
❤, the Book Dragon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF SUNLIGHT & SHADOW
Cameron Dokey is a US author living in Seattle, Washington. She has a collection of over fifty old sci-fi and horror films. Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California, and grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature.
Cameron lives with her husband and three cats, and is the author of over a dozen young adult novels. Her favorite read is J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. When she's not writing, Cameron likes to work in the garden and is learning to quilt.