Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Authors with prolific and celebrated careers such as Avi definitely face higher stakes when their latest book is published. It's disappointing when a favorite author's latest book doesn't seem to live up to his/her earlier works. Thankfully, this is not the case with Avi's latest, The Seer of Shadows.
Brilliantly evoking late 19th century New York, Avi deftly combines the romance of early photography, the spiritualism craze of the time, the hardship of an apprenticeship, the lingering servitude faced by African Americans in post civil war America, and an eerie ghost story to create a startling and suspenseful crackling good read. This is a complex novel, and I don't want to discuss the plot at length for fear of ruining the surprise and suspense contained within this excellent read. If you're looking for a well-crafted ghost story, look no further.