The Seer of Shadows – Avi
Horace’s parents have taught him to believe in science, rational thinking, and morality–so when the photographer to whom he’s apprenticed hatches a plan to con bereaved society folk with fake spirit photography, Horace isn’t wild about the idea. Unfortunately, as an apprentice, he has no choice but to go along with the idea. Horace’s beliefs are tested, however, when some of the photographs he takes show a REAL spirit, with vengeance on her mind.
I read The Seer of Shadows for a ghost-story-themed book club (which was delightful, as a theme!) and totally loved it. As usual, you’ve got simple but engaging prose with really vivid imagery, and this story was especially gripping. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I started reading, and you took a few turns that surprised me in a really satisfying way, such as the method Horace and Pegg use to exorcise the spirit. My fellow book clubbers agreed–the only part that there was some disagreement about was the very end, where you fast-forward into the future. My opinion was that it felt a little too fast, a little too tacked-on; I wanted that mini-story to be an entire second book instead of an afterthought. The rest of the story was engaging enough to make up for it, though, so overall you get four spooky stars!