Title: Sceadu

Author: Prashant Pinge Sceadu

Pages: 246

Publishing Year: Nov 10, 2014

Book Review

Sceadu, the book title demanded my attention as soon as I read it for the first time and the enigmatic book cover was equally alluring commanding a read! Yes, I am not exaggerating a tall and expressing my true reactions as soon as I received the courier.

Sceadu, is an (old) term from English language which means Shadow! Yes, this is a daring story of shadow. A good catch for the children interested in reading fictions and for parents who would be interested in introducing book-reading to their kids. The book is laced with all the ingredients that will fascinate the little wonders to the magic of the words and elders alike. Welcome to the world of the shadow!

A fascinating story with courageous and strong characters and a logical ending with a meaningful journey to be completed and an important task to be signed off – the author has put forth all the features to entertain the readers with his latest. Matilda – a nine year old girl who is strong headed, understanding, caring and lovable, is an avid book lover. She scores a book from the library sale and this becomes a turning point for her easy-going (and otherwise boring) life. She lands upon an unavoidable circumstance wherein she has to stay back at home with her brother and her cousins. She decides to carry on with her tryst with shadow though, a little skeptical of what she was experiencing. She tried to share her feelings or insecurity, whatever you may like to term it, with her brothers but was hushed away. As a strong reaction, she decides to face her fears on her own!

Find out how a book initially introduces her to new definition of fear and how she fights with her fears in the land of shadow and comes out victorious; not only for herself but to mankind surviving on planet earth. She is not alone there, she is followed by her brothers and residents of Sceadu and a secret that needs all ears! Are you ready to take plunge? My take may help you decide.

This interesting story will not only entertain the readers but will enrich them with vocabulary and the concept of family, care and team-work as well. The author is an experienced writer catering the needs of children creativity and has supplied with enough food of thought for the hyper-active grey cells. A morally correct stand-point with umpteen courage crossing boundaries and acquiring limitations, what else could elders ask for an inspiring read for the younger ones? If I attempt to keep in least possible words then, this is an effective story laced with mystery and suspense adorned with relatable and influential characters governed by familial ties, a perfect combination to soothe the quench for a good read.

Book Introduction

All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey.

Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Scesdu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind.

With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of the ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?

Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the blundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.

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