What is a book, you ask yourself. This,Vale of Shadows, is a book. Worthy of praise. I just hope this reaches the Bestseller charts. I must admit, I got a tiny bit confused because I had no idea what was gong on (At the begining). But I couldn't stop reading!! The changes, and the way he portraits his characters is an example of true masterpeice. Also, the story-line/main idea, was fantastic! Going into other cultures, and what they believed was completly a learning episode.