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Shadows & Angels-bookcover

By: Paul James

Shadows & Angels

Pages: 126 Ratings: 5.0
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What happens when mysterious stories of the world’s light as well as strange, secretive and sometimes macabre tales of its darkness collide in spectacular fashion?
Shadows & Angels is just such a haunting, distinctive and contrasting poetry collection. It takes the reader on an exhilarating roller coaster journey of the good, bad and ugly side of life’s experiences; sometimes hurtling back centuries in time, before rebounding into the present, with a veritable cornucopia of subject matter.
Poetic and varied images of dark fantasy and horror are merged with love, romance, and dazzling optimism; beguiling lyrical rhyme, hammering on the doors of broken rules, blends inexorably with a myriad of profound emotions; as terrifying monsters, both real and metaphorical, battle with wise, courageous angels for supremacy in the moving narrative.
Charming, enigmatic and complex characters in abundance are introduced as this mesmerising book leads its readers across the winding annals of time, continents and differing worlds.
From supernatural to beautiful and fantastical to dangerous, with hypnotic and seductive chronicles, shocking plot twists and radiant intensity: each poem imbibes emotive reflection told in an elegant and powerful language that engages the reader in intelligent and stylish prose, whilst making them imagine they are clandestine observers in each dramatic scene.
Whether opening the gates of Hell or peppering murky dreams with unrequited love, doomed romance or echoing periods of high-impact drama and wondrous adventure, Shadows & Angels conveys a rare, intelligent and perceptive insight into a world of intrigue and jeopardy, but always encompassed in warrior resilience and precious hope.

Paul James hails from Yorkshire and is now settled in London. He has led an eclectic mix of an existence, living and working on four continents. A former military man; aircraft engineer; semi-pro footballer; national security consultant; international businessman; poet and published author, Paul is an incurable primeval Scorpio romantic, with an artistic penchant for the ocean-deep intensity and surreal dark side in his writing, where he pushes the boundaries of poetic prose. His passionate nature and old-fashioned soul are as prevalent in his life as they are in his studious work, showcased in this unique poetry collection.

Customer Reviews
15 reviews
15 reviews
  • Andy Matthews

    This is a beautifully written, thought-provoking, and sensitive collection of poetry. Yet it is also thrilling. Well worth the read and a book to treasure.

  • Paul Vitakalos

    An amazing plethora of different poetic subject matter, that encapsulates so many different ages and surprises. A unique read for sure, I highly recommend this book.

  • Tom James

    I don't think I have read a book quite like this, to be honest! Dark fantasy genre poetry isn't normally my taste, however, I was drawn to the spectacular cover and blurb, and I have to say, there has been a lot of hard work put into this unique publication, so different in so many ways. The title certainly describes the contents, and I love that you never know where the next twist is coming from. Good job!

  • Ian McNeice

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish and can highly recommend it for those of you that are interested in the supernatural and the macabre. I give it a full 5!

  • Rebecca Desailly

    Wonderful and eloquently written storybook. The illustrations added to the clever prose that was so different throughout.

  • Laura Nelson

    Super read thus far with some great plot twists! I sense a lot of angst in the author's experiences, however, it has certainly added a lot of passion and intrigue into the poems.

  • Alicia Adams

    I have only read a few of the poems, which are more like story-poems so far. However, I am intrigued at the differing styles of prose that seem to change but adapt to the content of each one, like you have no idea what's coming next. I especially like the dramatic black and white artwork that only adds to the experience.

  • Steve Bevan

    The author and I have been best of friends for over 40 years, and we have always been honest with each other, so when Paul's new book was launched, he knew any critique would be from the heart! I am extremely impressed with his work, albeit a couple of the poems seem to last longer than they should, although I get that this is because they have more of Gothic background, and therefore, are more descriptive. However, essentially he has made a formidable literary debut. Proud of you fella!

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