Review: Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey
Weaving faultlessly through the streets of Paris under a cloud of heaviest darkness, Floats the Dark Shadow puts forth a daring, utterly unforgettable story of the fight between determined good and the most abhorrent evil. With an almost Dickensian theatricality that brings the world of 1890s Paris to astonishing life, author Yves Fey plunges fearlessly into the depth of her story, unveiling the heart of many memorable characters and evoking a suspense-filled experience that readers will find impossible to break away from. Her ability to capture the truly malevolent crimes and the depth of Gilles de Rais’ evil is at once mesmerizing and a little difficult to stomach. This is the sort of novel that makes you catch your breath before snatching it away. The light in an otherwise dark story lies in the hero and heroine, Michel and Theo. Despite their headstrong differences, the two have a chemistry that sparks off the page and makes their interactions one of the highlights of the novel. Separately they shine, Michel with his dark past and Theo with her dark present. Each is a brilliant depiction of the strength and determination of the human spirit, as well as the struggle for personal fulfillment in an ever-changing world. The villainous Gilles de Rais was truly chilling; a depiction of evil so palpable that the novel would take on remarkable heaviness if not for the spirit of its heroic characters.
Fey’s meticulous research and vivacious ingenuity combine to create a world steeped in history but brimming with the vastness of fiction; Paris in the iconic age of Oscar Wilde is turned upside down, shaken and revealed in all its earthy, artistic glory. With the most vivid of settings as a moody backdrop for the novel’s excursion, and with characters both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, Floats the Dark Shadow was one of the most exciting novels I’ve read this year. I'm excited to see Michael and Theo's story evolve in the continuation of Fey's captivating series.
Title: Floats the Dark Shadow Author: Yves Fey Genre: Mystery, historical Publisher: BearCat Press Format: paperback Release date: August 31, 2012 Source: Yves Fey (C/O) Buy the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Better World Books Connect with the author: Website | Blog | Goodreads | Twitter