Shadowland was a surreal book right from the offset. It start's when Tom Flanagan now an adult tells a tale of his youth to someone. That tale is woven with magic, and fantasy and adolescent Adventures. I'm not going to lie I found this book a struggle by the time I got to the middle of it, I had totally forgotten what the start was! So this review is going to be a struggle.
A person meets the now adult Tom Flanagan in a bar on the sunset strip. From there Tom gives the guy what as the reader finds out involves a strange surreal tale of Adolescent reminiscence . That starts in a private posh school for boy's were he meet's a boy called Del nightingale. From there we find out that Del has a knack for magic. Both him and del strikes up a friendship. But sadly there school life bliss doesn't last long at all when Steve Ridpath is introduced, his nickname by the boy's is skeleton. And this character set's an uneasy tone to the tale.
This wasn't an easy read I didn't at once feel I was into the tale in all it switches and pull's it wasn't until the very end of the book that I got the gist of it, I didn't even feel an emotional pull towards the Character sadly at the best of times, I try to understand peter Straubs written work's but you can't always find an Author whose every single novel you click with. I wouldn't say it was a horror theme but much more of a thriller.