Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Featured Book: A Shadow's Tale by Robert D'Angelo



About the book:

Divina felt joy and sadness as she lay in the palace bed. Through good fortune as a serf, she and her sister, Carolina, had freed King Vicentro’s son, Prince Roderick, from his curse as a lily growing next to the pond where the two women hunted for frogs for a living. Prince Roderick married Carolina and brought Divina and her mother into the palace. Divina was sad because she missed her father who disappeared several years ago. As she mused, Divina was startled to see an apparition at the foot of her bed. “I am Zelda,” said the apparition. “I am the sorcerer Barmello’s assistant. Your father is not dead. When King Vicentro suspected Peter might thwart his attempt to conquer the peaceful fief of King Celentro, he had Barmello turn Peter into a ghost and lock him into the Valley of Shadows. Peter’s soul is locked. He has no self or personality. I have stolen the incantations, which will allow you to enter the Valley of Shadows and retrieve your father as a whole person.” But by mistake Zelda sends Peter’s ghost and Divina into a strange world where they confront danger and magic that tests his unstable personality and her resolve. A Shadow’s Tale is an entertaining and instructive modern fable that takes the reader on a journey both mythical and practical, showing how Peter learns who he is and breaks the five locks binding his soul, and how Divina matures from an insecure teenager into a confident woman. As she mused, Divina was startled to see an apparition at the foot of her bed. "I am Zelda," said the apparition. "I am the sorcerer Barmello's assistant. Your father is not dead. When King Vicentro suspected Peter might thwart his attempt to conquer the peaceful fife of King Celentro. He had his sorcerer Barmello turn Peter into a ghost and lock him in the Valley of Shadows. Peter's soul is locked. He has no self or personality. I have stolen the incantations, which will allow you to enter the Valley of Shadows and retrieve your father as a whole complete person." But by mistake Zelda sends Peter's ghost and Divina into a strange world. In this strange world Divina and Peter confront danger and magic that tests his unstable personality and her resolve. Peter fights puppets and turns the mirage of a castle into a real one. Divina is changed into goo, thrown off of a cliff, and sentenced to death. As Peter learns whom he is and how to react to adversity, he is able to break the five locks upon his soul. With the help of friends they meet on their journey, they find a way out of this alien land.



About the author:

Change and personal growth have been themes in Robert D’Angelo’s professional career. He has been a mechanical and industrial engineer, a teacher of psychology and management courses, and a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. His interest in counseling, to become one’s true person and realize all the potentials within one’s self, became the basis for writing his fairy tale. He enjoys reading, writing and hiking with his wife and friends. His interest in actualizing counseling, to become one’s true person and to realize all the potentials within one’s self, became the basis for how his character, Peter, would regain his soul and his daughter, Divina, would mature from a insecure teenager into a confident woman. Bob enjoys gardening, reading, and hiking with his wife and friends.




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