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Casting Shadows (The Vision Painter Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

R J Samuel
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BOOK TWO in the series THE VISION PAINTER

Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter

Kiran is still the only vision painter in Ireland but she cannot express her gift as she struggles with the consequences of its misuse. When everything she loves is threatened, she must protect her family by uncovering the history and secrets of the vision painters in Kerala. But there are those who will do what it takes to keep the truth locked away in the shadows of the past.

Casting Shadows is a story of love, sacrifice, betrayal and guilt. Of love and hatred that spans time and place. Of history that casts shadows on the future.

About the Author

R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. She moved to Ireland at 17 to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian. She has been writing creatively for years, apart from her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant-bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them. Her first novel, 'Heart Stopper,' was published in February 2012 and her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,' in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India. Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her fiction entry, 'The Vision Painter,' went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.' Her story ‘Parallel Lives’ was shortlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition'.

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R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. She moved to Ireland at 17 to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian.

She has been writing creatively for years, apart from her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant-bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them.

Her first novel, 'Heart Stopper,' was published in February 2012 and her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,' in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India.

Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her fiction entry, 'The Vision Painter,' went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.' Her story 'Parallel Lives' was shortlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure 31 Jan 2013
By TerryB
Format:Kindle Edition
Indian/Irish vision painter Kiran is the only vision painter in Ireland, she is also the only woman vision painter in the world. Unfortunately after her previous misadventures, Kiran is currently unable to vision paint. Her relationship with Ashley however, is going extremely well. In fact, they are taking their relationship to the next level and trying for a baby. Like all things in love and real life, nothing is destined to run smoothly.

When Kiran gets a call from her father that her mother is, or could be seriously ill, Kiran must immediately return to India. The result of this phone call could well change the lives of everyone forever.

This is RJ Samuel's third book. With each book, I grow to love her writing more. Her stories are well written page turners. This series is spellbinding and magical and although the series has an element of fantasy, I found myself almost believing the impossible.

This story is completely enthralling and absorbing. Once I'd started this book, I couldn't put it down. The story had me feverishly turning the pages until I'd finished it. No matter how hard I tried to slow up, I couldn't. I simply had to know what happened and how the book ended. In doing this, I did this wonderful book an injustice. But no worries. I knew I would be reviewing it, so I simply re-read it more slowly the second time to savour the story without the pressures of not knowing how it ended. My second reading was just as pleasurable and intense as the first.

This story is actually written in the past and the present and is so intricately woven that it's seamless. It was a great idea to give the reader the background on vision painters. Also it cleared up a lot of things I'd been wondering about Kiran's past.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! No spoilers. 9 Feb 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the good fortune to be able to beta read this book. Another disclosure from me is that I do not like to share much about the story line because it is my preference when I read a book (or watch a movie) that I know just enough to get me interested, but not enough to give the story away.

Casting Shadows is R.J. Samuel's third book, and the second in the Misadventures of a Vision Painter series. Though it is not imperative to read Falling Colours prior to reading Casting Shadows, I would highly recommend it. To skip over Falling Colours, would mean missing out on careful character development, history, and story setting, not to mention a really fun and interesting book. Falling Colours sets the scene in Ireland for Kiran as a painter with a gift to help people realize their dreams. Her love interest, Ashley, is also introduced in Falling Colours, and there is a good dose of humor to lighten the drama.

Kiran is not really allowed to use her talent as a painter because women are forbidden by the laws governing Vision Painters. In this book, more is revealed about the history of vision painters, and the complications that arise when the laws are broken. Kiran must make very tough decisions to help her family. Secrets surrounding governance of the vision painters become crucial to the story, and Kiran must discover the secrets that have been kept. These secrets have an impact far beyond her personal concerns. The tension holds to the very end as relationships and lives hang in the balance.

I give this book five stars as I did the first one because the premise of the story is magical, but presented in such a way that it seems very plausible. The writing is rich with the Indian culture, and well described complex issues of relationships, love, governance and human nature. The mystery held me to the end, and I have read many mysteries. I had suspicions, but could not decide positively who the culprit was.

I enjoy Samuel's writing for the many reasons stated above, but also simply because I enjoy her writing style. Her style is very warm, and it is easy for me to be in the moment with the characters. The story has depth both of the characters, and of the sometimes painful aspects of relationships and sacrifice. In Heart Stopper, it was her technical descriptions that made the story plausible, and in her Vision Painter series, it is the mystical aspect of the story in the Indian setting that makes it so powerful. I am definitely a fan, and look forward to more books from R.J. Samuel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 26 April 2013
By grannydi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
RJ Samuel is a very good author. I have read every book written & always look forward to the next one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure 31 Jan 2013
By TerryB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Indian/Irish vision painter Kiran is the only vision painter in Ireland, she is also the only woman vision painter in the world. Unfortunately after her previous misadventures, Kiran is currently unable to vision paint. Her relationship with Ashley however, is going extremely well. In fact, they are taking their relationship to the next level and trying for a baby. Like all things in love and real life, nothing is destined to run smoothly.

When Kiran gets a call from her father that her mother is, or could be seriously ill, Kiran must immediately return to India. The result of this phone call could well change the lives of everyone forever.

This is RJ Samuel's third book. With each book, I grow to love her writing more. Her stories are well written page turners. This series is spellbinding and magical and although the series has an element of fantasy, I found myself almost believing the impossible.

This story is completely enthralling and absorbing. Once I'd started this book, I couldn't put it down. The story had me feverishly turning the pages until I'd finished it. No matter how hard I tried to slow up, I couldn't. I simply had to know what happened and how the book ended. In doing this, I did this wonderful book an injustice. But no worries. I knew I would be reviewing it, so I simply re-read it more slowly the second time to savor the story without the pressures of not knowing how it ended. My second reading was just as pleasurable and intense as the first.

This story is actually written in the past and the present and is so intricately woven that it's seamless. It was a great idea to give the reader the background on vision painters. Also it cleared up a lot of things I'd been wondering about Kiran's past.

RJ takes the reader back into the past and tells of how Kiran's parents met, married and their struggles and traumas along the way. We also learn of how Kiran became a vision painter against all odds.

The myriad of emotions this book evoked went far beyond any I've experienced for quite sometime when reading a book. In the span of minutes I went from a calm and serene feeling, to a laugh out loud humor and intense anger and back again to calm and serene.

The scenic descriptions are so vivid I could feel myself amongst the characters. I've never visited Kerala, India, so I took a look online after finishing this book. The photographs I found matched exactly the way I'd imagined Kerala to be. The Irish scenes are equally as well described.

There is actually two romances in this book. The romance between Kiran's parents and the romance between Kiran and Ashley. But this book isn't actually just a romance, it's a story wrapped around a fantasy, which appears to be very real. A story full of love and hate with so many twists and turns I didn't have a clue as to how it was going to end.

Each and every one of these well formed and multidimensional characters played an essential part in progressing the story forward to its climatic conclusion. Although this book ended, I feel these characters have a lot more to offer us. I would love to see at least one more book added to make a trilogy, more if possible. Although this book is a sequel, it can also be read as a standalone. But I would urge you to read Falling Colours first. You will be sorely missing out on a great read if you don't. Plus it will give you the chance to get to know some of the characters better.

I eagerly await RJ Samuel's next book. This one will join Heart Stopper and Falling Colours on my re-read pile.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read 1 April 2014
By Martha Schoolfield - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all of RJ's books and they are all good. She's a great storyteller. This is the sequel to Falling Colours. I have enjoyed learning more about the Indian culture and hope there will be more works from this author. I recommend it highly. The story is great and the price is right.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Casting Shadows: Gripping thriller, love story, and so much more 7 Feb 2013
By Max - Published on Amazon.com
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No spoilers:

Casting Shadows is a gripping thriller that shatters boundaries and combines so many of the genres I just love to read. Is Casting Shadows a thriller, a fantasy, a romance, a story of family dynamics? It is all these things, and it is literature. I can't praise it enough. If I could give this book 6 stars I would.

The writing is beautifully descriptive. The author so effectively paints scenes with words. The vibrant colors, tastes, and heat of India and even the mannerisms of the locality provide a huge contrast in setting to the rainy, green, and lush Ireland. This, combined with the warmth and humor of the Irish characters and the differences in culture between the two locations, makes a fascinating, eye-opening, and incredibly interesting read.

When I read this author's books, I feel more like I have watched a movie than read a book. There is so much detail, so much emotion. This is a writer who understands the fragility of the human condition. The consequences of love, hurt, sacrifice, anger, greed, loss and the lengths to which people are driven. It is incredibly easy to forget this is fiction, to become lost in the story, to root for the characters, and to speed through the book in search of answers. The why's, the who's, the how's? This book also expands on the original concept first seen in the starting novel of the vision painter series, Falling Colours.

Like all good literature, it has to be read twice. Once to find out who did it, who survives, and what becomes of everyone; a second time to soak in the depth, the imagery, and the writer's skill with words, emotions and humor. Truly brilliant.

For me, this book deserves to be a mainstream best seller. It wouldn't surprise me at all if R J Samuel gets picked up by a big publishing house.
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