Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
In another time, in another place, far away and long ago, those with the knowledge and studies were called Keepers, and they advised the Queen as well as studied everything. Alaric was a Keeper, but for the last year, instead of doing his duties, he has searched the world over for a cure to the one poison that has no cure; rock snake venom. Alaric isn't after the cure for the good of many, just to save his own wife, Evangeline. His quest has him teaming up with the most unlikely group of treasure seekers; a blacksmith named Brandson, a dwarf named Douglon, a wizard called Gustuav, and an elf named Adya. Together they search for what Alaric hopes will hold the cure, and in the process get into a whole different mission, that of saving the world. A Threat of Shadows by author JA Andrews is a complex and captivating story of adventure and redemption.
A Threat of Shadows is the first part of The Keeper Chronicles, and although it seems to be a complete story, after thinking about it when I was finished with the book, I did see a number of ways a second book could be written from this excellent starting point. Author JA Andrews has crafted a wonderfully complex tale that has many layers and themes. The choices we make in life, how do they define us or do they? It is a story of redemption and atonement, not for sins but from choices, and it is well written and compelling. This is an epic adventure story as well and would entertain a number of varied readers.