SHADOW OF THE SON
Percy returns to Rhinebeck
In this deftly crafted sequel to the award-winning novel Eye of the Moon, Percy is called back to Rhinebeck, hosting an unexpected weekend house party to save the estate from sudden peril.
Lord Bromley descends upon Rhinebeck with a diabolical plot
He has left indelible scars on the lives of guests and staff alike. With his fatal charm and intricate machinations, he launches a series of high-stakes wagers, engaging Percy in a game of wits. Secrets behind secrets are revealed.
Alice returns in unexpected ways
Are the dead ever really dead? When vows are shattered, what is the true cost?
Shadow of the Son is a haunting and majestic tale of broken promises, old scores settled, second chances, and extraordinary love.
REVIEWS FROM OUR ADVANCED READERS
I didn’t just like the book, I loved it! It is a page turner with interesting, clever characters and a story line that draws you in like a rare earth magnet. Ivan’s imagery, humor and fleshing out of characters make them come alive in my mind. I loved the twists and turns of the plot lines. It is a fabulous read and left me wanting to know more.
"Shadow of the Son" by Ivan Obolensky is a dynamic, intelligent, and beautiful novel that involves so many subjects, from Ancient Greece to gastrophysics, which I particularly love. Just like with "Eye of the Moon", there are elements such as the menu that are right on point with the times. Ivan manages to be precise and fluid in an enjoyable way, setting the tone perfectly for the sequel as the story picks up and the reader knows exactly where things are. It’s as if all I lived and read during these years since "Eye of the Moon" had not passed and he had me immediately back.
Since reading “Eye of the Moon” I have been looking forward to seeing more of Ivan’s writing. These stories could have adaptations and have further legs—it is very clear that this world has an appeal that goes in very different directions, with the historic aspects of the location, the culture, the manners—those wonderful western manners, and more.
"Shadow of the Son" has a lot of visual power for other mediums. I imagine it will make a perfect Netflix series. I hope the author is super busy writing! We want more!
When reading "Shadow of the Son" I found that I felt present in each scene. The characters are so well described that my imagination led me to see their gestures, to feel their emotions, and to delve so deeply into the narrative, that at night I had to make a huge effort to leave such a beautifully written novel next to my bed.
When I was sure that I knew what was going to happen as a result of the rapid exchanges flowing with each scene, more than once I was surprised with how the author handled the twists of circumstances. And what I had expected turned out to be solved in a totally different way.
Percy, the main character, deftly manages the rapid changes that rush at him. Alice, the person who was not alive in either novel, has a force and life that only a writer like Ivan Obolensky can present.
As a reader, you could list each of the other participants and, it is true, describe them as if you know them: a skill that not many writers possess.
If you want to enjoy a book at a fast pace, with unexpected changes, with unimaginable results, this is your opportunity to do so. Do not let it pass. It’s not every day that books are written where you experience extraordinary events as if you were there.
And on this occasion, the author Ivan Obolensky, succeeded.
Ivan Obolensky’s novel “Shadow of the Son” should come with a warning label to let the reader know to not make any other plans once they open the book. I found it completely engaging and didn’t want to put it down—so, I didn’t. It absorbed me and I was delighted with my adventure page after page.
I felt like I was in some secret club by being privy to the private conversations between the characters. My favorite of those were with Johnny and Percy who have such an unbreakable bond between them, they could easily conquer the world together. I thoroughly enjoyed how they would discuss seemingly impossible situations and use their combined wits and resources to figure them out, or how they would make plans and intelligently carry them through as a trusted, dedicated team.
There is a lot of action in this story that occurs in a truly short period of time. Many things are going on at once, with nonstop interaction of the characters and lots of moving parts. Every action or counter action is dealt with adeptly and finalized. The characters are extremely vivid, and everyone’s personal story or secret is revealed.
“Shadow of the Son” can certainly stand on its own as a great story, but I’m very happy that I read Ivan’s first novel, “Eye of the Moon” beforehand as I was already familiar with the characters, so it made it even more entertaining. I’m looking forward to Mr. Obolensky’s next novel!
As with "Eye of the Moon", "Shadow of the Son" transported me into a lifestyle of wealth and luxury, right down to the delectable meals. Its rich description of surroundings and elaborate tensions between characters created a perfect setting for intrigue and kept me hooked.
A perfect sequel to "Eye of the Moon"!
I enjoyed this book much more than "Eye of the Moon", which I also thoroughly enjoyed! I found it difficult to put the sequel down, reading a handful of chapters whenever a quiet moment presented itself. It pairs well with a good cup of coffee.
The book flowed so well, and all the separate stories within were so easy to visualize--a testament to just good writing.
"Like Cristal... well beyond the ordinary." A worthy successor to "Eye of the Moon"--a must-add to your library!
Once again, Ivan Obolensky has managed to grab his audience in the continuing story of "Eye of the Moon", woven around the characters reunited at Rhinebeck.
In this sequel, "Shadow of the Son", surrounded by the magical culinary gifts of the wonderful Dagmar and the wisdom of Stanley, we explore loyalties, friendship and family ties that test the depths of character of our protagonists. Wonderfully written, it touches on different aspects of human nature in an intuitive manner one can immediately relate to. Very enjoyable.
"Shadow of the Son", which I loved, is a great complement and sequel to "Eye of the Moon", Ivan Obolensky’s debut novel. It has most of the same characters, shares the Rhinebeck on the Hudson setting, and resolves some of the key questions that dangled over the reader after reading "Eye of the Moon".
Key augmentations came in "Shadow of the Son" from filling in many personal histories and raising the profile of that inimitable couple Stanley, the butler, and Dagmar, the cook. In the sequel, each took on dimensions only hinted at in the first, and they became more a part of the cast of key players than the local color they were sometimes relegated to in "Eye of the Moon". Also, we finally got to meet our hero Percy’s father, a tantalizingly complex, and generally unlikable person, who seemed at times to hold forth the promise of suddenly revealing himself to be redeemable. I will leave it to the reader to determine whether this actually happened.
The other key figures, Johnny and his parents, Brunhilde and her parents, and Bonnie and Maw, are congruent with their personae in "Eye of the Moon", although if I had been Percy, I might have preferred Bonnie to Brunhilde as a life’s partner, but then, there’s no accounting for tastes. Cobb is a new character who is both a key player in the plot and somewhat a surprise, from beginning to end and from worse to better.
I admit to a weakness for Ivan’s prose, which I might just as well call envy. His prose flows as effortlessly as the brushstrokes of a great artist, no doubt product of a lifestyle that appears as enormously attractive as it is undoubtedly difficult to live. To wax hyperbolic, I am quite confident the Prince of Kiev, his thousand-year ancestor, while perhaps more powerful, could not have held a candle to Ivan as a writer. Or if he could, I would also envy Ivan’s ancestry. But wherever it comes from, it will have me reading anything he goes on to write.
“I express the oldest language in the world. With it, I create, sustain, or end life.” - Dagmar
Savory beef stew
Small balls of raspberry sorbet
First course: Lobster bisque with a hint of sherry
Main course: Sole with lemon, parsley, and an almond crust
Creamy mashed potatoes and broccoli with hollandaise sauce, paired with Clos Blanc de Vougeot
Dessert: Soft homemade vanilla ice cream with Dagmar's signature pound cake
Pea soup accompanied by small triangular peanut-butter and jelly sandwich quarters, paired with a German Riesling
Silver bowls with crushed ice, with white porcelain shells containing crab salad
Pale-yellow Meyer lemon sherbet
Sushi with Cristal
Chilled cucumber and watermelon soup, paired with an unusual greenish-gold Chardonnay
Grilled sea bass with tiny asparagus drizzled with hollandaise
Dessert: Sweet biscuits and an "old Nordic recipe" drink by Dagmar
Cold vichyssoise served in small porcelain cups surrounded by beds of ice in larger silver bowls
Cold Maine lobster served with sides of Russian salad, and chilled asparagus with lemon
Dessert: Individual servings of homemade vanilla ice cream with swirls of orange sherbet, served on a lake of warm chocolate,
with thin butter cookies on the side
First course: Scottish smoked salmon paired with a white Haut-Brion
Second course: Jellied consommé with a dab of crème frâiche served in small, white bowls on ice
Grilled salmon with a dollop of Mousseline sauce, crunchy on the outside with a delicious delicate middle
Filet mignon, paired with Château Lafite
Glazed roast duckling slices with applesauce, accompanied by small amounts of mashed potatoes and creamed carrots, paired with Chardonnay
Dessert: Small balls of pale lime sorbet