Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
In Possessed by a Shadow by Ron Williams, Danielle doesn't know much about her father, only that he must have been a bad man. Her mother rarely spoke of him, only that he had hurt her. At the time she was too young to understand that her conception had been the result of rape. On a visit to her uncle, her mother's brother, Danielle's life is changed forever. One minute she is telling her uncle how the other children tease her because of her unique eyes, the next he teaches her the real way to wish and something bizarre happens. She finds herself somewhere else, and something shares the space with her. Time moves, and Death's hand is cruel to Danielle as she grows into a young woman. But as the Death card in a tarot reading revealed, it could also signify a new beginning. Danielle is on the verge of losing everything, until she find something she had never expected, an ancient fetish, hidden away out of sight, and if the book with it reads true, it could fulfil her every desire. However, everything comes at a price.
Wow, what a gripping and fantastic read. I loved the portrayal of Danielle's character, and watching her mature from child to woman was great. Ron Williams writes with incredible poise and style, bewitching the reader with a thoroughly enjoyable tale. Heartbreak, love, magic, mystery, and horror collide to form a story that is nothing short of masterful. Without a doubt, I'll be keeping an eye out for more work from this author. Prepare to be whisked away by a tale that, once it catches you in its thrall, will refuse to let you go. Out of the many books I read in a year, there are but a few which I will openly recommend, but Possessed by a Shadow gets my full recommendation. It is a must-read and a credit to the genre.