A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley
Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Huntson Press Inc.
eBook & Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society. In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks’ father has filled her life with turmoil, secrets, and lies.
Her father rules her life until she finds a kindred spirit in spunky, outspoken Whitney Barry, a northerner from Boston. Together these Charleston belles are driven to take control of their own lives—and they are plunged into fear and chaos in their quest to fight for the rights of slaves. Against all odds, these feisty women fight to secure freedom and equality for those made powerless and persecuted by a supposedly superior race.
Only when they’ve lost it all do they find a new beginning.
Book 1 presents Willow and Whitney—and the reader—with the hardships the slaves endure at the hands of their white masters.
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My Review: Oh my stars, this book. (I feel like I’ve started a lot of reviews like that, lately. But seriously, I’ve hit the jackpot in HistFics!) (Which is all Amy’s doing.) (Thank you, Amy! <3)
Okay, back to this amazing book. Because seriously, it is amazing.
Now, I’m going to be completely honest with you. I wasn’t really sure how I would react to this book. Novels centered around/touching on slavery rarely seem to do the time period justice. I end up wincing my way through, more painfully aware of the poorly done research than the heartbreak of the story.
A Slave of the Shadows, however, is not such a novel. A Slave of the Shadows is absolutely breathtaking.
First, I adore the way the book is set up. The story is told from the viewpoint of the main character, Willow. However, as we are introduced to various characters…from Willow’s peers to the slaves on her father’s property…the author switches the viewpoint to said character, allowing them to have their own voice, as well as giving the reader the character’s unique backstory. The characters themselves are brilliantly written, full of life, depth, complexities, struggles, heartaches, secrets. The attention given to historical detail is not only on-point, but is rich in it’s authenticity. Which means that readers are not only caught up in the lives of these people, but deeply suffer as the agony of that time period splays itself across the pages.
To say that I was hooked on this book would be a gross understatement. To say that I will be stalking the author for the release of book number two is not an understatement. Highly recommend.
About the Author
Naomi lives in Northern Alberta. Her love for travel means her suitcase is always on standby while she awaits her next plane ticket and adventure. Her love for history and the Deep South is driven by the several years she spent as a child living in a Tennessee plantation house. She comes from a family of six sisters. She married her high school sweetheart and has two teenage children and two dogs named Ginger and Snaps.
Creativity and passion are the focus of her life. Apart from writing fiction, her interests include interior design, cooking new recipes, throwing lavish dinner parties, movies, health, and fitness.
A Slave of the Shadows is her first novel.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, April 23
Interview at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, April 24
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog
Wednesday, April 25
Feature at Creating Herstory
Friday, April 27
Interview at Maiden of the Pages
Monday, April 30
Review at Books and Glamour
Tuesday, May 1
Excerpt at Teaser Addicts Book Blog
Thursday, May 3
Feature at Button Eyed Reader
Friday, May 4
Feature at A Holland Reads
Monday, May 7
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Tuesday, May 8
Feature at Just One More Chapter
Thursday, May 10
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Friday, May 11
Feature at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Saturday, May 12
Review at Cup of Sensibility
Monday, May 14
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Friday, May 18
Review at Nicole Evelina’s Blog
Tuesday, May 22
Review at Reviewing Nerds
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