The Shadow Land

  • by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by Barrie Kreinik
  • 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Historian comes an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present - and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country.
A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi - and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes.
As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by oppression - and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger.
Kostova's new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.

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Riveting and Important

Kostova's new book follows the excellent formula used in her previous two books. A contemporary mystery leads the protagonists to explore layered mysteries from the past. Shadow Land evokes the gravity of such books as 'All the Light We Cannot See' and 'The Nightingale.' But the historical setting for these complex and terrible events is simultaneously more exotic than the Western Europe of WWII and more shockingly near to us in our times.

The characters here are intricately drawn and the various plots unfold deliciously slowly in language that enchants. Interwoven are stories and folk tales of Bulgaria that illuminate its history and its people. The narrators are particularly well chosen to make the most of all the elements of this work.

Shadow Land is not light reading. It is, however, thoroughly engaging and entertaining. It is contemporary literature at its finest.
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- Catherine

Another beautiful piece of work!

If you've enjoyed her previous works, you will not be disappointed by the Shadow Land. Written with rich descriptions of a place I'd never thought to travel to and somehow is now on my "to-go" list. It's also very poignant in this current climate, with so many countries in the world suffering from civil unrest. I finished it in just 2 days, I could hardly set it down.
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- Sherrie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio