Book Review: Summer’s Shadow by Craig MacLachlan

BOOK COVER - Summer's ShadowTitle: Summer’s Shadow

Author: Craig MacLachlan

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

 When seventeen-year-old Sierra Winters watches her physical body sink to its death, she realizes a shining silver cord connects her two halves together, but it breaks off from her bellybutton, sinks with her body, and then everything changes when a mysterious boy named Valeck saves her life.
Sierra soon discovers she has stumbled upon a mysterious realm known as The Void, which is filled with mystery, intrigue, danger and love. But upon returning to The Void, she is met by a sinister man known as Maven Kodiak who can manipulate his surroundings into a sickening Rot. Maven wants the power of her silver cord all for himself so he can enter the physical world and conquer it.
And he will do anything to take Sierra’s cord, even if it means her death.
On the run from Maven, Sierra struggles to understand her abilities and powers which yield some surprising results. As she and Valeck fall in love, Sierra discovers he is keeping a vital secret from her.Can Sierra be happy sharing her life between both realms, or will she be forced to choose one over the other forever?
But nothing in Sierra’s life will matter if she doesn’t find a way to stop the maniac hunting for her.

Summer’s Shadow is an interesting YA novel about courage, and a magical realm that sounds like an older and more mature version of Narnia. Main character Sierra witnesses a cord running from her soul to her body, while she watches her body plummet to its death. A boy named Valeck saves her life, and it’s the beginning of an adventure that will change Sierra’s life forever.

Valeck is an interesting love interest. I liked him from the start. He’s keeping secets, but that makes things interesting. He’s about as mysterious as they get, which is always a bonus. The realm Sierra stumbles upon, the Void, is dark and threatening, and there is the threat of an evil wizard named Maven, who wants to spread a rot through the Void, which destroys everything in its way. Maven wants to get Sierra’s cord, no matter what it takes.

Written in a clear, unique voice, with an amazing cast of characters and an intriguing plot, Summer’s Shadow is a must read for the YA crowd.


  1. Craig MacLachlan says

    Thank you for the review. I truly appreciate it!

  2. Mindy Lyght says

    Nice review, I like the story line. Looking forward to reading it. =)

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