A dark fantasy novel of demons, devices, and deceit.
Leo remembers little of his past. Desperate for a new life, he snatches up the first job to come along. On his second day, he witnesses a murder, and the Shadow Fabric – a malevolent force that controls the darkness – takes the body and vanishes with it.
Determined to get answers, Leo has no idea where to turn. Revelations come in the most unlikely places, and secrets of witchcraft and ancient artefacts unfold. In particular, a device used in the 17th century to extract evil from witches proves key to his discoveries. With these truths long hidden from humankind, his memory unravels. Not only haunted by the past, a sinister presence within the darkness threatens Leo’s existence and he soon doubts everything and everyone…including himself.
The relentless and destructive power of the Shadow Fabric compels Leo to fight not only this growing darkness, but also the entity beneath the Fabric’s surface. While these supernatural horrors rage and his world crumbles, Leo must confront his past before he can embrace his future. But the future may not exist.
There are some books that really piss me off. Not because they are bad; no, it’s the exact opposite. This is one of those books. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find enough time in my schedule to read this book as fast as I wanted. I actually sat in my car this morning before work, and was late, just to finish it. It’s addictive. Curse you Mark Cassell!!!
Seriously, though. The Shadow Fabric is a brilliantly written novel. I read a lot of books, and have been known to say that there are no new ideas out there, that writing is simply just re-writing ideas that have already been done. I stand corrected. I’ve never read a book like this one. Cassell has woven a mythology around this evil presence, the Shadow Fabric, that rivals any ‘mainstream’ author I’ve ever read. I dare say, this is better than most.
New ideas, fantastic imagery, well-developed characters with believable personalities and a whole lot of dark terror make this book a must read for the horror/terror fan. If I were to have one slightly negative comment, I did get a bit lost in the last chapter of the book. Maybe it’s due to my own limited imagination, but I’m not sure where it’s going. There is one final death, one of many, and the lead character has some final thoughts. Those thoughts have been going through my mind all morning, as I try to piece it all together. Is this bad? I don’t think so. It makes me want to read more, so I hope there is a sequel. All in all, an excellent book. Glad I found it while plunging through the waves of social media. Highly recommended.
4.75 of 5 Stars (which rounds to 5)