Caprio the Being, who looks like a goat, takes pleasure, if
that is the right word to describe the emotions of a
Caprine apparition, in causing troubles for the living. He
lives to interfere with the human comedy though that
frustrates his companion the Shadebinder, who wants rumors
about them stopped.
The cabinetmaker Farren knows first hand much about ghosts,
shades, and spirits including his late Aunt Nan who nags
him all the time about "living" conditions and surviving
relatives. While most of his neighbors fear he is either
insane or a Shadebinder, the enslaver of the dead, Farren
refuses to hide.
Anyone who Princess Mericia of Ailsandia cares about is
lucky to die; worse is those who survive her kindness as
they suffer unbearably. Feeling despondent she considers
hiding from human contact.
In the King's Stable, Caprio begins his latest game
ignoring the concerns of the Shadebinder. Using human greed
as a tool, he sets in motion his ingenious plot to cause
troubles as high as the King and as low as the stable boy.
Only the two "outcasts", Farren and Mericia, if they merge
their talents, might see the true eyes of the world and
stop the Being's nefarious scheme.
THE SHADEBINDER'S OATH is a terrific fantasy that grips the
audience from the moment a young lad shows courage while on
a dare to visit the Shadebinder in the King's stable and
never slows down until the final contest occurs. The story
line is action-packed as Caprio does his Machiavellian
machinations while two unlikely allies, the cabinetmaker
and the princess, join forces to save the Kingdom of
Ailsandia from the Being's mischievousness and that of
human foibles and follies. Jeanette Cottrell provides a
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 18, 2006
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Posted January 25, 2007