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Casting Shadows

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Edward Kelley wants to destroy the world. His family is dead and his odd habits have made him a pariah in the small town of Hurst, Ohio. After the unexpected arrival of an anonymous package, Edward quickly discovers the tools to forge his malevolent fantasies into reality. Yet, he soon finds that he is not the villain of his own story and, with the help of a surrogate ...more
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published January 30th 2012 by World Castle Publishing
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Emma Meade
Feb 29, 2012 Emma Meade rated it really liked it
The blurb describes this book as a “quirky amalgamation of Contemporary Fantasy and Magical Realism, with a sprinkling of Classical Literature, Necromancy, and Russian Folklore added for good measure.” This pretty much sums Casting Shadows up nicely; it’s different to everything else I’ve read of late.

Set in the small town of Hurst, Ohio, the story opens with Edward hanging out at a cemetery in the rain. This was a beautifully written scene and sucked me in straight away. He’s there to raise an
Home. Love. Books.
May 01, 2012 Home. Love. Books. rated it really liked it
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I don't think I have read many books involving necromancy, or rather necromancy as a man elements. I know there are series out there, and some of them are really good according to many of the opinions of others. So I was glad to have the chance to try it out, after all I know a lot of people that love necromancers, and hey I even played a necromancer in Guild Wars (not well mind you).

Anyways on to the book. Edward is ver
Edward Kelley hates the world for taking from him his parents and sister. He stumbles upon a necromancy spell to raise a servant, and plans to erase humanity from Earth. Except his servant refuses to obey his orders to kill, his magic teacher turns out to be a demon, someone is trying to murder him, and a weird old lady shows up and calls herself his grandmother. Full of delightful sarcasm and not-unexpected plot twists, "Casting Shadows" is a pretty good (though short at 230 pages) story about ...more
Bad Nog
Mar 24, 2015 Bad Nog rated it really liked it
This book runs parallel to many places in my heart. The feelings of the character and his conflict with his beliefs, as well as his inner turmoil, remind me much of my own misgivings. And the lust for power...the ability to bring about change...this, too, is very much in tune with myself. After going a long time without reading anything -- fearing monotony and tired ideas -- Casting Shadows is the book to have reminded me how much I love reading.
May 13, 2012 A.E. rated it really liked it
Casting Shadows is a great dark fantasy read, and one of the most unique elements was Edward’s manipulation of shadows as his magic. Again, it has great series potential, and although I did wonder why Briar Rose was initially after Edward, which wasn’t really addressed, it still makes for an interesting conflict and a cool story.

For my full review, go here:
Katherine Bell
Feb 26, 2013 Katherine Bell rated it really liked it
The book is described as magical realism, contemporarily fantasy, necromancy, Russian folklore, and a bit more tossed in for spice. This is an accurate description of the book. I enjoyed the unlikely heroes rising to the occasion. In fact, I enjoyed most of the characters quite a bit. I recommend this book.
Feb 21, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
I had a lot of fun reading this story. The author really should use an editor, though. "Staring" should only have one "r" and there's wrong words used like "too" instead of "to" that I find very distracting. There are some sentences that repeat...
I hope the author gets the book cleaned up for future editions because it actually was worth reading despite the need for editing.
Feb 24, 2012 Tamara rated it really liked it
Got this for free on the Kindle. I was seriously surprised at how good it was. I loved it! Personable characters, humor, well-written action, fantasy; it's all there. While part of me is rooting for a sequel, the other part thinks a sequel couldn't possibly be as good...
Brick Marlin
Mar 28, 2012 Brick Marlin rated it it was amazing
J. Kelly Anderson's first novel was such a great read, I could not put it down. It was an awesome tale! If you enjoy stories about wizardry, give this book a try! You will not be disappointed!
Apr 05, 2013 Amber rated it liked it
Good story, but a few too many typos. (It just needed a little polishing).

Yes, magic plays a big role in this book, but as others have said it ultimately boils down to friendship.
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