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Monday, October 27, 2014

Spotlight: The Shadow Academy by Adrian Cole

The Shadow Academyby Adrian Cole
Genre: Science Fiction
Paperback, 224 pages
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
After the Plague Wars they waited for the invasion. And as the new Dark Age dawns… there is one who can bring light.
In a world little more than a whisper away from ours, the islands of Grand Brittannia lie just off the shores of the deeply forested content of Evropa, the dark and forbidding realm of legends scarcely remembered.

Grand Brittannia, itself almost completely a place of deep forest and mystery, has at its heart the crumbling, anachronistic administrative city of Londonborough. From here the Central Authority wields power over the Islands and exercises its control rigidly and clinically. Since the rigours of the Plague Wars, some hundred years in the past, when almost the entire population of the world was wiped out and the gradual decline of civilization began, industry and technology have atrophied, their development now strictly vetted by the Authority.

Out on the far-flung coasts, a network of ancient fortress ports wait in readiness for an invasion that some say will never come, their ancient, declining Academies committed to the rigours of training the defenders of the Islands. These Academies are subjected to regular inspections by Enforcers from Londonborough, and their native inhabitants are constantly being swelled by the young military graduates from the Authority’s own Military Academies in the center. Into a cauldron of intrigue and subterfuge that is the town and Academy of Petra comes Chad Mundy, the Authority’s replacement for Drew Vasillius, a veteran teacher who has committed suicide. At least, that is what he’s been told.

About the Author:
Adrian Cole was born in Plymouth, Devonshire in 1949. He is currently the Director of College Resources in a large secondary school in Bideford, where he now lives with his wife, Judy, son Sam, and daughter Katia. He remains best known for his Dream Lords trilogy as well las his young adult novels, Moorstones and The Sleep of Giants.


  1. Holy spam comments! I've been having a heck of a time with it lately as well. :( Science Fiction ranks pretty low on my TBR pile because some of the concepts freak me the f*** out, but this one doesn't actually sound too bad. I'm off to GoodReads to research it a bit more. Thanks for sharing!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

    1. They usually don't get through! Thanks for the heads up. Damn...

  2. Yikes, that spam... :[ The book sounds and feels so creepy, perfect for the season!
    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

  3. really nice introduction to this book…sounds like a good one…will check into it…thx for sharing!