A classic fairy tale for modern readers.
Growing up many of my favorite stories were the mysterious, magical tales like the King Arthur legends, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and the 1,001 Arabian Nights. It wasn't just the heroics or the magic itself, but that there was always something deeper going on beyond the plot. They weren't just stories about those characters. They were stories about ourselves.
In the real world, there are often things about ourselves that don't make sense from a logical perspective. At some point or other we've all asked ourselves, "Why did I say that?" or, "Why can't I let that event go?" But those illogical things are an important part of who we are as people. And this is something that those tales inherently communicate.
How would a prince not be able to recognize the woman he loves without having her try on a glass shoe? How can a shadow separate from Peter Pan and take on a life of its own? How can an emperor really not see that he's naked in front of the kingdom? What could these stories possibly mean? They don't make sense logically, but in reading we feel them deeply and emotionally. And this is especially true of children.
A Castle Under the Sun is a thrilling adventure that follows in this tradition. From the nearly-empty castle, to a mixed up land where shepherds unsuccessfully try to herd trees, to a terrifying army that is nothing more than shadows. And it all starts with a single boy.
Alone in a castle... but not for long.