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A Shadow All of Light

A Shadow All of Light

A Novel

Fred Chappell

Tor Books


A good thief barters in goods. A great one deals in shadows.

A Shadow all of Light is a stylish, elegant, episodic fantasy novel by award-winning author and former poet laureate Fred Chappell.

Falco, a young man from the country, arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice shadow thief. Falco's tests and adventures teach him to break through ingenious security traps and drop him among con men, monsters, pirates, and the King of Cats.


Thief of Shadows

“You know who I am?”

“Sir, I do,” I said. “You are Master Astolfo. Everyone knows.”

“You know then something of my station?”

I had to think quickly. An ill-chosen...

Praise for A Shadow All of Light

“Sword and sorcery with Shakepearian panache.” —World Magazine

“More than the sum of its parts.” —Locus

“The humor, inventiveness and suspense are top-notch, and the concept is as sly as Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire.” —Asheville Citizen-Times

“Chappell has a deft touch for comedy and for capers, and his witty, elegant prose shows a poet’s deep love for words.” —Publishers Weekly


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Fred Chappell

FRED CHAPPELL is an author, poet, and a former professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has written the short story collection Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You, and the novel Dagon. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002. His literary awards include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers, the Bollingen Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

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Fred Chappell

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