World of Shadows


World of Shadows

In this urban fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, modern-day teenager Beila Durand is plagued by nightmares that lead her to discover - and wind up trapped in - a cursed underground world. The invisible people that live in this medieval village depend on Beila learning the truth behind their curse - and why she is the only one who can set them free.

In her quest for answers, however, all she seems to find are more questions. Where do the echoing screeching at night originate? Who is the isolated man that speaks with Beila from the shadows of his cloak? What does this New York girl have to do with any of it? And will she ever find a way back home?

Available for purchase on Kindle and paperback.

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Reader Reviews

Laura Dawn Pol on GoodReads

I usually don't read fairy tale retellings, but have to admit that this book grabbed my attention with its intriguing synopsis. An urban fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast? Count me in!

Let me say this: I was not disappointed.


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Sam Graber on Amazon

This was an enjoyable read. The setting had a feel of mystery as Beila tried to figure out what was going on. I thought the bridge between the 'real' world and the 'fantasy' world was pretty well done. Beila's character was engaging, and I enjoyed the interplay between her and the 'shadow'.And finally, just when you thought it was going to have a fairy-tale conclusion, the plot added an extra twist for a last bit of suspense.

Bethany Cripe on Amazon

When I was given the chance to read World of Shadows in advance, I knew that I couldn’t resist, and the story did not disappoint.

The main character, Beila is a complex, well-rounded, and multidimensional character that was well developed throughout the book. While modeled after Belle in the original Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, she stands alone with her own personality and story. But in tradition Belle or Beila fashion, she is fascinated by the library found deep within the mysterious winding tunnels.