Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 49 Pages
Category: Fantasy, Mythology
At a Glance: Brandon Witt weaves a complete and fantastical tale, rich with spirituality and mysticism.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: The year is 1618, and Allakau is different from the other members of the Alaskan Yupik tribe. His people survive by hunting, but Allakau is unable to kill or eat flesh. As another season reaches its end and winter approaches, Allakau encounters a narwhal with silver eyes similar to his own. He saves the creature’s life but incurs his father’s wrath, and Allakau is given one last chance to prove himself a productive part of the tribe or be left behind to die. As he spends time alone in the woods, clues about his past and destiny begin to fall into place with the aid of another silver-eyed creature. His hunt might finally lead him to the truth about what sets him apart and where he belongs—if he can survive it.
Review: A lovely tale of mysticism and wonder, Shifting Silver, by Brandon Witt, is a complete tale packaged in a short story that is bound to make you sigh and smile at its whimsy and beauty. Set long before the land known as Alaska came into being, the story follows members of the Yupic tribe, specifically a small family that has several daughters and two sons. One is like his father, a hunter and meat eater, the other, Allakau, walks to the beat of a different drum—one that worries and angers his father.
Allakau cannot bring himself to slay the seals, or any creature for that matter, or partake of their flesh. This sets him apart, makes him strange, and in order to continue as a member of the tribe, he must make his first kill. So after another disastrous hunting trip, his father delivers the ultimatum—Allakau will have three days in which to return with his first kill or be left behind, never to be with his family again. Now it is up to Allakau to either slay a creature or walk alone for the rest of his life—but fate has other plans for the young, peaceful man, and for the first time his soul will truly feel what it is like to be home.
Brandon Witt weaves a complete and fantastical tale, rich with spirituality and mysticism. From an outcast to one so strongly loved, we follow the brief journey of Allakau as he comes into his own, finds the love of his life and his soul mate. In between moments of danger and fear, Mr. Witt surrounds us with the beauty of nature and the depths of a magical love that transcends time. With his lush and descriptive prose, the forest comes to life; the bitter cold of winter pierces our minds, and the strength of a love spanning the centuries nestles into our hearts. Shifting Silver is a sweet story of love lost and found.
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