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Sci-Fi & Fantasy
I picked up Dreams and Shadows because an urban fantasy novel set in Austin and the Hill Country intrigued me. Wow – I was amazed and entirely enraptured from the beginning to the end, for Cargill, a screenwriter creates a world where magic mixes with the mundane and offers consequences that are entirely believable. It is important to note that Cargill utilizes many aspects of the Fae world and sets them in familiar settings: nixies living in Town Lake, redcaps prowling the Greenbelt, fallen angels patronizing dingy bars off 6th street. I mean who hasn’t seen strange things in the lakes, woods, and bars in this capital city? Cargill focuses his characters’ struggles in settings that everyone is free to enjoy but enhances them with a hell of a great tale. If you enjoy urban fantasty, or any kind of dark fantasy, Dreams and Shadows is for you. --Raul