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Review: Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman

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Shadow of Time
by Jen Minkman

All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the history of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

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I can’t recall the last time I read a book about Native Americans. Maybe 4 or 5 years ago, I’m not really sure. So it felt new when I read Shadow of Time. I’ve come to know more about tribes and their traditions, lore and beliefs. It was really interesting.

Hannah was going to spend a quiet vacation with her brother in their cabin. On her way home, she met a guy in a motorcycle while she was belting out a song. It actually was a cute scene. Anyway, soon she discovered that the guy she saw was actually Josh who was her brother’s friend and who was about six years younger than her. Josh was from the Navajo reservation and held a position in the tribe. It wasn’t long before Hannah finally learned more about Josh and met his family. It was also the beginning of many sleepless nights and soon nightmares tormented her. There’s something about her dreams that she couldn’t explain. And when she’s awake, there are groups of people who always seemed to observe her from afar. Not once but twice she was saved by Josh against her attackers.

Shadow of Time promises a story loaded with Native American culture and aspects like spirit guides, shamans or medicine man and reincarnation, plus a unique plot and interesting characters. The ending was quite abrupt, so you really need to read the next book in the series to know what happens with Hannah and Josh. To be honest, I got so many questions.. What happens next? Who are those three mysterious people who keeps appearing in Hannah’s nightmares and everywhere else? What’s Josh hiding? What’s with all the secrets of the Navajo tribe? I was really hooked!

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