A-to-Z Challenge: “S” is for “Shadows”


For the A-to-Z Challenge 2016, I am blogging info on my current work-in-progress, a YA fantasy/adventure mini-series tentatively titled “The Other World”.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve actually managed to get this far into the alphabet without talking about the Shadows, but here we finally are, and at last I can reveal these evil creatures to you.

Although Iryen is, ultimately, the antagonist of The Other World, the Shadows are the creatures our heroes must deal with on a regular basis. They appeared in this world without warning on the day that Iryen returned to claim his birthright, and the kingdom was all but powerless to stop them. They broke upon the lands like a tsunami, destroying everything in their path.

They are known as Shadows because of their uncanny resemblance to living shadows. Their bodies are an inky, black darkness, as though no light can touch their being, and they are disturbingly unbound to any one physical shape. Many of them appear to be vaguely human in their dimensions, but some sprout wings, tails, and claws at will. They are able to twist and contort themselves, to change their shape, oozing from one form to another in mere seconds. This makes them exceptionally difficult to kill, since only a direct hit to the heart will do, and it is sometimes nearly impossible to tell where that sweet spot might be.

Ironically, Shadows do not have shadows, which has lead many to believe that they are some kind of otherworldly demons that actually repel the very presence of light.

No one knows what they truly are or where they came from, but in order to truly complete her quest, our protagonist must unlock the truth of this horrid secret.

I hope you’re enjoying the A-to-Z Challenge and my little snippets of ‘The Other World’! If you’re interested in what else I’ve written, please be sure to check out ‘Nowhere to Hide‘, available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book versions!

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