If you love science fiction and fantasy, or want to experience the setting of Cumberland through the vivid lens of a post-apocalyptic imagination, then this novel is for you.
Local author Catherine Knutsson reads from her book Shadows Cast by Stars at the Courtenay Library this Saturday at 2 p.m.
Old ways are pitted against new horrors in this compellingly crafted dystopian tale about a girl who is both healer and seer.
Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet — especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the plague ravaging the rest of the world.
Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe — government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood.
Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.
For more information, drop by the library at 300 Sixth St., call 250-334-3369 or visit www.virl.bc.ca. Copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of the Laughing Oyster Bookshop. This is a free program and all are welcome.
— Courtenay Library