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Secrets of the White Lake (Wind Shadow Chronicles)

4.81  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Wind Shadow Chronicles is a profound and imaginative fantasy book-series that challenges the proverbial questions of faith, science and morals. It meticulously depicts a dark and unforgiving world where hope must be restored. The story moves at a brisk pace, unveiling heightened mysteries and revelations that captures the reader’s imagination. The first book, Secrets of th ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published October 8th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Alexandra Engellmann
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'd expected to read this book for 2 weeks, but as if often happens with books, couldn't put it down and finished just in a few days.
The first thing that I want to say is the writing is incredibly beautiful and heart-warming in this book. It's a book about nature and adventure, and it requires detailed descriptions of the scenery - and I enjoyed them very much! The author's writing is quite poetic, and besides, the ideas about family and love are woven through the story, adding a serious meaning
Lynelle Clark
I received the book from the author for an honest review.

The author's writing draws you into the story. His descriptions and detail throughout the book kept you turning the pages. The detail gave you a very clear story line as the story unfolds. The three children each had their own unique characteristics making them believable and endearing. Especially Mia's character was sincere and original; I liked her clever playing with words it kept them grounded.
Their travels let them on a very interesti
James McCormick
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘Secrets of the White Lake’ is an exciting mix of apocalyptic, dystopian science fiction and the spiritual/ metaphysical. Indeed the very opening line makes this abundantly clear. “Long before Earth was invaded, Wanderer was haunted by a prophecy that had recurred his entire life.”

The Wanderer is a Native American Shaman, a once nihilistic individual who now treads the spiritual path as a result of developing the ability to glimpse the future through dream prophesies.
The first chapter, ‘The So
Kelly Clare
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Secrets of the White Lake: Wind Shadow Chronicles by Daniel Chong.
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
I just need to say straight away the title for this book is amazing. So many exciting words in it!
Now on to the actual book.
Sometimes with stories designed for younger readers, the author skims over the detail, perhaps thinking younger readers can’t handle it. I’ve never seen the point of that. And I’m glad this author doesn’t either. The description of the story, both of
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was unusually suprised by this book. The plot begins kind of slow but quickly gains momentum as the reader learns more and more about the world the two main brother and sister characters are living in. For a post-apocalyptic novel, it is very believable. I liked how the main characters were part of an Indian tribe, and Miya's special gift only adds to the mysteriousness of the story. Mr. Chong is a very imaginative writer, and his descriptions of the forest and mountains really made me feel li ...more
Bill Ward
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would describe this book as a grownups YA story. I recognise the contradiction in that statement but this very descriptive and well written book is not your run of the mill dystopian adventure. The author has imbued the story with thoughts for discussion, which perhaps will appeal more to the adult reader but at the same time has delivered a story of a young brother and sister, which entertains as a pure fantasy adventure story that will appeal to the younger reader.
The descriptive prose is i
Catherine Putsche
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“To be gifted with the power to shape dreams, one must also endure the prophecies.”
But is it a blessing or a curse?

Wanderer (An old Indian Sharman) had seen many visions before but this one was like no other. He witnesses towns and cities burning. That was the day the invaders came. This was the day Wanderer offered a promise that he would look after the woman’s children so the woman could go in search of her husband. He looks after the children like they were his own and after the seventh year
Sterling Gate Books
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A superior fantasy/sci-fi novel

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Well, ‘Secrets of the White Lake’ may be the exception. The cover is striking, and what follows doesn’t disappoint. It’s a real-page-turner that will appeal to young adults and older readers alike.

Although not this reader’s preferred genre or usual reading fare, book one in ‘Wind Shadow Chronicles’ left me wanting more. Without a doubt, it is a superb introduction to the series and I’m looking forward to book two.

All in
David Kristoph
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by the format of this book; dozens of short-stories that seem, on the surface, unrelated. However, once I dove in it became a very enjoyable read. The stories are smooth and function well by themselves, yet provide a wonderfully-cohesive story that's fulfilling in the end. You can tell these were written for his son, with love and character. I'm excited to see how Daniel Chong follows it up with the sequel.

Five stars. Give this book a chance!
Jason Perryman
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Where I am now (halfway) this book is a very easy, fast and exciting read. Lots of imagination, intense action and far out fantasy being incorporated into a very warm story about love, friendship, and family. I'm picking up a lot of themes about spirituality and the afterlife as well as about mankind's own self destructive nature plunging us into a post apocalyptic state with some crazy creatures, nutty sci-fi technology and strange people running about, plus we also have some mysterious lifefor
Maria Stoica
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets of the White Lake is the first book of the Wind Shadow Chronicles. In 2012, a wormhole opened on Earth and Invaders stormed in changing the world forever. Cities were deserted and people took to the mountains for refuge. In one such sanctuary, two siblings, Crow and Miya were raised in harmony with nature under the guidance of Wanderer, the Indian shaman ever since they were brought to him by their mother. Crow is a knowledge thirsty 14 year old while his younger sister, Miya is a playfu ...more
Ginger Bensman
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The Secrets of White Lake is a fantastical rambling tale for teens and young adults that feels like it was conjured over a span of many evenings around the glow of a campfire.
The story begins in catastrophe. A wormhole opens and Earth is invaded. Cities are deserted and people are fleeing. Wanderer, a Native American shaman, encounters a desperate woman and becomes the guardian of her two mysterious children, Miya (Miyawan) and Crow. From the moment they are left in his keeping, Wanderer unders
Amy Parker
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers
I downloaded a sample of this book and got hooked instantly. I decided to download the full version and had spent the last few weeks reading it. There were some chapters that I had to grind through but I managed to finish the book yesterday. I have to say that this is one of the most compelling book I have ever read. It is by no means a simple read and some might find it too difficult to grind through. But between some drawn out conversations were hidden details that mold the story into a well c ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm still reading this book, and so far I like it quite a bit. Its like if Disney were to make a story that takes place after an apocalypse. Here you have these three young kids, who are living in this destroyed world. But there is some magical aspects to it. There is this little girl (Miya) who carries around her stuffed animals, and seems innocent and naive of the troubles of the place they live, but you get hints throughout the story that she somehow is the wisest of them all. The cute parts ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The main story of this book revolves around three adolescents (a brother and sister and a "friend) making a journey through a post-apocalyptic world. On the surface it seems like a familiar action-adventure tale. However, the book is much more ambitious than that. The narrative combines elements from religion, philosophy and modern science, making the book far more than a "light" read. There is also a fair bit of character development, and so patience must be exercised when reading. The author a ...more
Yvonne Crowe
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

There is no denying, Danny Chong has a gift. He draws the reader into his story from the first page and hold them fast to the end with his imaginative writing style and an entrancing story. We seldom see writing of this caliber in teen fantasy books, but this is descriptive and captivating, with some charming vignettes..
This is not my favorite genre so I am able to give an unbiased honest review. I am not a great believer in recapping the story when I write reviews as I believe it spoils the enj
Michael Tan
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Michael by: Friend
The author is a hyperbolic optimist. He successfully described a dystopian world where children must confront fierce predators. His approach to storytelling is visually stunning, but too descriptive at times. The cast of characters and conversations were interesting enough to keep me reading. Good plot too, so far so good, then came the whirlwind. What's with all the questions about morals and intellects? Too preachy in my opinion. Although fictitious, I did find his theory of anthropology in ch ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!! Once I started reading I could not put it down. I have always enjoyed science fiction books, I like that you can imagine whatever you want when reading. I appreciated the balance between the different points of view each character brings. Regardless of their beliefs they have to work together if they want to survive. As soon as I started to think I had it all figured a new development would happen and I was rethinking everything. I love when a book can keep you on edge and gue ...more
Rosemary McNeely
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My good friend Valerie and I were talking the other day and she told me about this book. She said I just have to read it since both of us were nuts for dystopian books. I hate Amazon so I ordered the paperback from Barnes & Nobles. Well, I just finished the book today and…OMG!! Let me start by saying that there are certain elements I don’t care for in the book, but that’s a discussion for another day. Overall, it is very well written, the scenes are beautifully described and the story moves alon ...more
Martin Perks
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Secrets of the White Lake has a striking cover, and it immediately drew me in. It is part sci-fi part fantasy, and has a religious theme running through it. It is about a brother and sister, and her search for her husband while the brother looks after her children.
The author has a vivid imagination, and describes the scenes and characters very well. The story starts slowly and builds to a blistering pace. It will appeal to Y/A and more mature readers alike, and the end leaves the reader want
Susan Ashcraft
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My daughter ordered the paperback version from our local Barnes & Noble store. I am usually not into fiction, but she had finished reading this book and had left it on the kitchen table, the cover caught my attention so I started reading, before long I was hooked. Secrets of the White Lake is written with great passion. There are lots of metaphors too, if you are into those sort of things. The characters are believable and the story moves at a brisk pace. Adults and teenagers will enjoy reading ...more
Lido Wang
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone in general
Recommended to Lido by: friend
Secrets of the White Lake, starts off as a young adult novel, but it soon launched the reader into a dark and compelling world of suspense and mystery. The book is engaging enough with fast actions, but it soon got too wrapped up with incredulous debates between science and religion. Saul and Yuanjia were the two adult figures and at times their conversations were too long; I feared some young readers might give up here, but I strongly encourage you not to do so because it will all come together ...more
W.R. Watkins
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Secrets of the White Lake, the reader is presented with a gripping and brilliantly written adventure that masterfully combines ancient Indian traditions, creationism vs. evolution and society’s relationship with nature.

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Joannes Rhino
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finally, an entertainment! I call Secret of the White Lake is an entertainment because for some reason it stimulated my imagination to the maximum level. I always love when it comes to adventure, discovering hidden places, cultural knowledge, etc. And I must say that this novel has one package full of everything I wish for in a book. I'm not going to repeat what other reviewers said about the content of the book. I am just gonna say that I am fully satisfied.
Zack Sander
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A friend recommended this book to me. I am glad she did, I love this book. The ending left me hanging though, but I am willing to forgive the author, cause he said the second book, Battle of the Burnt Ground will be out next year. Can't wait.
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How I got the crazy ideal to write.
In 1986, when my son was four years old, I had created a flimsy sketchbook, My Dear Old Bed for his birthday. I had no idea how much it had meant to him until November 1st, 2004, when the subject of the sketchbook came up again. Come to find out, he’d kept it in his safekeeping for the last eighteen years. And so on his 23rd birthday, I made a promise to my son.

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