“Destiny is about to change.”
What lurks in the shadows may change the destiny of six young lives forever. That is, if they can survive at all. The Shadows: The Return Has Begun, the heart-pounding young adult debut novel by Alouy Martinez, is a tale of mystery, suspense, action, and romance that charts the perilous course of six young characters as their fate unfold, and their true identities are revealed as the formidable entities known as The Shadows. Dramatic, dark, and alluring, this enthralling work of fiction goes where no vampire or werewolf novel has ever gone before.
The Shadows:The Return Has Begun shares the points of view of these six young characters as they journey together to Paris, France. They are Ashlenn Vandenhoff, Melinda Wadsworth, Darcy Roswell, Christopher De Groot, Kaden Worthington, and Justin Fraser. In Paris, each grapples with his or her own inner demons. However, it soon becomes chillingly evident that someone is in bloodthirsty pursuit of them all. After they manage to escape these demons, they soon discover their true calling as The Shadows, formidable beings created over two thousand years ago by the hands of the Gods to restore order to the unbroken rules of The Heavenly Laws. Upon their demise in 486 AD, a prophecy was born as they took their lives into their own hands, marking their return. However this time, destiny won’t control them.
At the onset of the novel, Ashlenn is having visions of her parents’ death, but she chooses to ignore them. As the novel shifts perspective from one character to the next, plots diverge, then intertwine again. Similarly, each of the characters in The Shadows brings into light his or her most hidden moments, only to face a destiny that may be even more terrifying yet. Will they overcome forces that primed to wage deadly battle against them all? And can they face their own demons as they do? The Shadows: The Return Has Begun creates a new legion of deadly foes that rages through every gripping page of this wildly inventive, gripping new novel
Even though this song was not written for the Shadows, it helped me to evolve where my characters where going. It was at that point when I didn’t know exactly what my characters were created, and just when I heard the lyrics “We were meant to live for so much more” it felt like my characters where speaking to me, and from that point on. The Shadows: TRHB came to be. Here’s Switchfoot’s Meant to Live