Conceptually this should be an interesting book. It has a unique perspective that shadows embody human characteristics. It suggests that shadows can be captured and thusly impact the caster.
The author created a scenario of mentor and apprentice. The apprentice earns a fair number of lumps as an apprentice. The mentor is widely regarded as having been the consummate shadow thief although he, Astolfo, denies this. Falco is the hapless apprentice that hopes to learn enough to fend for himself.
I struggled with this book and I really can't put my finger on the reason. It never really captured my interest. Aware that I might incite another reader pummeling for my strong feelings regarding likeability, I really didn't find any of the characters likeable. Not for their blackness of heart or lightness of soul, none incited likeability for me which, I confess, is what drags me into a book. I want to see what happens to the characters that i like.
A well written book that didn't grab me but it might grab you.
www. http://us.macmillan.com/ashadowalloflight/fredchappellThis book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.