Shadows of the Dark Crystal #1 by J. M. Lee
(Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal)

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while the plot and characters are rather basic, the intriguing world and lush, descriptive, often even flowery prose make up for some of what’s lacking. Godbey’s occasional black-and-white illustrations add atmosphere. Fans of this first installment will be glad of the movie while waiting for the book’s sequel.
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Praise for Shadows of the Dark Crystal:

“With deft nods to the original Dark Crystal movie and a passionate attention to detail, the author has fashioned an impressive prequel. Fans (who will instantly recognize certain elements) and newcomers alike will find themselves immersed in a new narrative, with new protagonists and dangers to face. Readers who crave otherworld fantasy such as Jaleigh Johnson’s The Mark of the Dragonfly and Paul Durham’s The Luck Uglies will enjoy discovering this new series.”
School Library Journal
 
“While young readers probably won’t have seen the film, the books might lead them to it; even if they don’t have that point of reference, Henson’s world is richly imagined here, and it will be well worth the projected four books to explore the landscape, characters, and storylines.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
“Characters and situations are compelling, and this first of a planned four-volume series aptly sets the stage and the conflict and tugs strongly on the heartstrings, setting readers up for more great adventures”
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The first series of original novels ever set in the world of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal.  

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Shadows of the Dark Crystal is set years before the events of the classic film and follows the journey of a young Gelfling woman who leaves her secluded home to uncover the truth surrounding the disappearance of her brother who has been accused of treason by the sinister Skeksis Lords.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About J. M. Lee

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Vinnnie Chiappini is an attorney in the US Army. Mr. Chiappini has been published as a writer in Let’s Go France 2007, as the editor of Let’s Go Italy 2008, and as an author in the Boston College Law Review. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School.Greg Coles is a graduate student studying English and rhetoric at Penn State University, where he also teaches first-year composition. He loves writing, music, baking, and occasionally hanging out the doors of moving vehicles in other countries.Nancy Gray lives in South Carolina with her husband and daughter. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in media arts and an English cognate. She started out as a graphic designer and then changed professions when she realized that writing was her calling. Her short story "Marrow" appeared in Deep Space Terror, and her stories "Hemophobia" and "Sleep Like the Dead" appeared in the New Bedlam Project.J. M. (Joseph) Lee is a novelist, writing mentor, illustrator, and graphic designer with a background in linguistics and film. As a writer, he finds the most rewarding stories in fusion genre, from nostalgic historical fantasies to gritty sci-fi westerns. On the side, he enjoys dabbling in experimental short fiction and drinking a lot of coffee. He is represented by Erzsi Deak/Hen&ink Literary Studio.Esther Palmer is the author of two young adult novels, The Alezia Chronicles, currently available on Amazon.com. Her whole life has been about reading and writing. She has always been drawn to fantasy and the way it gives you a new perspective on the world.
 
Published June 28, 2016 by Grosset & Dunlap. 263 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 30 2016

while the plot and characters are rather basic, the intriguing world and lush, descriptive, often even flowery prose make up for some of what’s lacking. Godbey’s occasional black-and-white illustrations add atmosphere. Fans of this first installment will be glad of the movie while waiting for the book’s sequel.

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