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Sophie, In Shadow [Format Kindle]

Eileen Kernaghan

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It's 1914. Sixteen year old Sophie Pritchard, orphaned two years earlier by the sinking of the SS Titanic, is about to begin a new life in the unfamiliar world of British India. For Sophie, still devastated by her parents' death, India proves a dangerously unsettling environment. Are her terrifying experiences in Kali's temple and the Park Street cemetery hallucinations, or has she somehow been drawn back through the centuries as a witness to dark places in Calcutta's past? Sophie it seems has become an unwilling traveller in a timeless zone where past, present and future co-exist. Kidnapping, enemy spies, and terrorist plots all play their parts against the background of a world at war and growing unrest in the Indian subcontinent. Soon Sophie's powers of precognition will be called upon to help thwart a conspiracy that could incite a bloodbath in Calcutta, and deliver India into enemy hands.

"...the ominous news of WWI battles, the horror of the number of dead, and the personal sadness of losing friends to PTSD (or shell shock as it used to be known) set a sombre anti-war mood and will stir the hearts of ...readers. "  Jan Alarshall, Resource Links October 2014

"Sophie, in Shadow deftly weaves intrigue, spies, and mystics with more than a dash of the occult into a story that will captivate any reader." -- Linda DeMeulemeester, author of the Grim Hill Series

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1558 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 248 pages
  • Editeur : Thistledown Press (31 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JMPI7L8
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 good historical fantasy 8 mai 2014
Par Charlotte - Publié sur
Two years ago, sixteen-year-old English girl Sophie survived the sinking of the Titanic, but her parents did not. Still haunted by that tragedy, she's sent off to India, to stay with distant cousins--Tom, a zoologist working at the Indian Museum, Jean, his novelist wife, and their young daughter, Alex. Sophie has prepared herself for "India" by reading (both non-fiction and Kipling), but nothing can prepare her for what happens once she arrives. Tragedy and culture-shock combine to wake in Sophie a gift of sorts--her perceptions of both past and future become strangely sharpened. And her visions will make her a player in the tail end of Kipling's Great Game--the game of intrigue, political machinations, and spying in which European powers, and now Indian nationalists, shape the future of the country. World War I is underway in Europe, and plots are afoot in India that may well destroy both Sophie's new family and British control of the sub-continent.

I approach fiction about India, especially fiction involving young English girls with supernatural abilities, with a certain amount of caution, looking carefully for stereotypes, romanticization, and neo-colonial baggage. Happily, Sophie, In Shadow did a good job of not bothering me! In large part this is because we stick closely to Sophie's point of view--she is aware that she has a lot of learning to do, and is willing to question the social norms of the very tail end of the British raj. It is still very much a European point of view, but the reader can't reasonably expect more from this particular character's story.

There was much I enjoyed--I am a huge fan of Kipling's Kim, so it was great to see Sophie becoming involved in the last years of the Great Game, including a bit where a German agent is pursued through the mountains! And I am also a fan of being educated through historical fiction--before reading this book, I had not particular thoughts on what was happening in India during WW I. And Sophie herself, and her cousins, are interesting characters with believable motivations, interests, and aspirations. Added interest came from a secondary character, a friend of Jean's who was a real person--Alexandra David-Néel , a French-Belgian spiritualist, anarchist, Buddhist, writer, and explorer. I may well have to seek out more about her! The paranormal elements of the story are enough to add fantastic zest, but are not so much so as to make Sophie a special snowflake saving India (thank goodness!). Sophie's visions do not take over the book--for the most part, it reads as historical fiction--so don't expect this to be full-blown paranormal fantasy.

In short, Sophie, in Shadow is historical fantasy that both educates and entertains, that I particularly recommend to fans of Kim!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 COMPELLING! 8 mai 2014
Par Julie H. Ferguson - Publié sur
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A disclosure: For over twenty years, author Eileen Kernaghan and I have been close colleagues in our local writing community.

Kernaghan's young adult novels are those I thoroughly enjoy reading because they are compelling, historical, and laced with a dash of the supernatural. Sophie, in Shadow meets all these criteria for me, as well as delivering language I admire. While the books are categorized as fantasy, they happen in the real world without the supernatural overpowering the story. I like that.

The novel takes place in British India in 1914 as the Raj begins to fade and the Great War is starting to be felt. Kernaghan's skill in painting the setting makes India a character to be heard, smelt, tasted, and experienced intimately. She creates a strong picture of the unrest, terrorism, espionage, kidnapping, and intolerance that the main characters live through. Teenaged Sophie arrives in Calcutta as a traumatised orphan who survived the Titanic catastrophe, to live with a family of cousins she's never met. But she has a strange and unsettling gift that alarms her. (Saying more will spoil the story.)

Sophie is also a perceptive young woman who picks up on discrepancies in the information she is hearing and actions she is observing. Her character is continually stressed and she learns to deal with the situations with courage and compassion. At the end, she comes to terms with loss, fear, and her strange gift. Kernaghan's deft writing makes Sophie real and has the reader "on side" on page one.

Sophie, in Shadow is a page turner and the reader is pulled along by excellent pacing and tension on every page. It has a sophistication that many YA novels fail to deliver, and teenagers who are readers will appreciate. So will adults — as so many have found with Kernaghan's previous books.

Highly recommended for all who love history and the unexplained.
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