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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
From Shadows is the first book in The Lost Library Series by author R. E. Journeys. In this epic fantasy for young adults, our hero Zev Porter wanted nothing but a job when he received an opportunity he could pass up. A very strange job description caught his eye. All he had to do was listen to the story told by an old woman and live through the night. The moment he entered the home of the woman, he knew something was up and something was very wrong. However, listening to her story proved to be the catalyst for the biggest adventure of his life. Before he knew it, the future of a magical world rested on his shoulders and he had no idea what he was supposed to do. But he had no choice. He either saved the magical world or it would die. Was there any way for him to get out of this mess or was it too late for him?
From Shadows is a fantastic epic fantasy. R. E. Journeys gave a complete background with a heavy dose of mystery, a protagonist who we could stand by, and set the tone just right so that we could enjoy the story at our own pace. I loved how simple and reasonable Zev’s reactions were. He showed how he was feeling and what he thought. He had a crystal-clear personality and his will to survive played a vital role in moving the story forward. I enjoyed the doomed atmosphere, the magic, the creatures the author introduced with almost a fanfare, and captivating dialogues that had me hooked to the story. You may think of this book as typical young adult fiction, but you are in for a surprise.