Title: Mystery of the Lost Shadow Boys
Author: Debbie Bishop
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Release Date: July 10th 2008
A wicked fairywitch, intent on seizing the throne of Fairydom wages a brutal battle over the name of the true heir ? a secret the fairies kept closely guarded for protection. When the fairies lose and still won?t reveal the name, the witch steals all the boys in the land and enslaves them to work in the scorching mines of the Mantlerealm. She then covers up her treachery with a spell that obliterates the boys and the war from the outside world’s memory. Years later, a girl discovers their mystery and learns that the boys have not gone quietly. Following their not-so-fearless leader Jayce, the Shadow Boys, self-named for their ability to hide inside their own shadows, have adapted to their horrific environment where magic does not work, and because it is too hot to fly, they have used extreme sports as their inspiration to navigate throughout the mines. Training themselves like a Special Forces unit, they have prepared for the day they would attempt to escape all at the same time. Prior attempts had failed and the Shadow Boys, like the oft described military band of brothers, will not leave one man behind. Instead, they have waited anxiously for the girl’s prophecized arrival, for it is foretold that she must fight on their side if they are to win against the witch and her dragon army. But now, just when she begins to uncover the truth, the enemy finds her.
I was really excited to read Shadow Boys because I thought it was going to be an interesting story. Middle grade books are not my thing but from time to time I try to read books outside my comfort zone. It started pretty good. The fantasy world that the author created was great—well at first it was. And then it went downhill.
The very first thing that I noticed was the typographical errors of the book. I don’t want to see typos in a book, ever. I consider this as a huge pet peeve and the book has so many typos which was very disappointing.
When writing a fantasy book it is important to know that when you make your own fantasy world, all details must be polished. I do not like seeing loopholes in the story. Some of the events in the book didn’t sound convincing and it was just bland.
The story didn’t have much creativity either. From the first few chapters, I could already predict what was going to happen next. It isn’t bad to write a cliché, as long as it is presented in a nice way or if there was a little twist to liven up the plot.
The characters were underdeveloped too. Some of the characters’ personality wasn’t consistent. I don’t have anything against love triangles. For me it makes the story more interesting. In this book the love triangle part was very underdeveloped and it ended abruptly. I just wish it was established more to give more substance to the story.
I was really excited to read it but I was so disappointed after reading the book.