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I’m a sucker for dark stories. That’s what leads me to start reading stories from Ross Campbell. His work on Water Baby and Wet Moon are well told and very bizarre worlds filled with both real life issues that we all have and crazy crap that you couldn’t fathom happening to you. Shadoweyes is one of those deals.
In the city of Dranac, in the year 200X, moody teenager Scout Montana is an aspiring vigilante, but her plans go awry and end up with her finding that she’s able to transform into a blue, superhuman creature. With this new body she becomes the superhero Shadoweyes: forced out of society, yet still bound to it. Scout’s new life is just getting started, and things won’t be easy.
The main character, Scout Montana, is your average teenager. Adding on the stress of school, friends, the neighborhood watch with her friend Kyisha Lynn and oh yeah, living in Dranac in the not so distant future. Dranac looks like a bomb went off in the middle of town. Or one of you major, downtrodden mid-western cities. Think Dayton, Oh…..in about 6 months from now. Gangs have taken certain parts of the city and people in general have to do what they can to get by.One night, Scout feels not so well in the middle of the night, goes to the bathroom and finds herself transforming. Transforming into a superhuman blue creature with photosensitive eyes. Needless to say, this doesn’t really make life easy for Scout.
She decides to start really helping the city by not just fighting crime, but helping people with small problems as well. It was pretty funny to see on the front page of one of the newspapers “Shadoweyes Helps Child with Biology Homework” In helping people, she runs across a few people that you end up seeing again in the book, including the beyond annoying Sparkle Park. I really hope they are leading to something with her because as it stands now, I am waiting for something bad to happen to her so I don’t have to see her anymore. The fact that she likes a card game called “Pony Circle” (that has a striking similarity to Magic:The Gathering) makes me dislike her more. In fact, something something does happen to her and that is how Shadoweyes gets introduced to Ms. Park. It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes. It seems like it could be a standalone book, but it looks like this will be an ongoing series. Hopefully, it comes out quicker then the Wet Moon books have been making it out.
I really dug this, like I’ve been digging all of Campbell’s books I’ve read so far. The uncanny way he seems to relate his characters to real life situations and mix them with completely off the wall plot turns that makes you really want to keep reading to see how everyone will reacts to said change. I dig that and things like that make me want to keep reading as well. I am looking forward to the next book, “Shadoweyes in Love”
Shadoweyes is available now for $14.95 from SLG Publishing.