By Virtue Fall by Mark Wooden

Ratings: 3 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
File Size: 716 KB
ISBN-10: 0991307429
ISBN-13: 978-0991307425
Pages: 236

The description of By Virtue Fall: A Song of the Shadowdance by Mark Wyndel Wooden piqued my curiosity. Unforturnately, there were still many questions left unanswered when I finished the book. What is the Shadowdance? Why does Adriana Dupré feel the necessity for revenge and regret for doing so? Why does the sorcerer, Dwyer Strathan, need Adriana to collect the shards, two relics that would give him the power to destroy the world?  Why are the Knights involved and why do they show mercy to Adriana? What is the game plan and how does the protagonist fit into it? This is the first book in the Shadowdance saga. Presumably, these questions will eventually be answered, but as a reader of this first novel, I felt cheated that nothing had been resolved.

There are many supernatural characters—vampires, werewolves, golems, socerers—but the story does not seem to belong to anyone.There is a lot of action, though, without good character development, the fighting seems gratuitous, almost as if Mr. Wooden included the battles just because he enjoyed writing them. For these reasons, I think By Virtue Fall would appeal more to the YA audience than to adults or to readers who enjoy a more developed story.