Sunlight and Shadow: A Retelling of "The Magic Flute"

Sunlight and Shadow: A Retelling of "The Magic Flute"

Cameron Dokey / Feb 28, 2020

Sunlight and Shadow A Retelling of The Magic Flute A new spin on The Magic Flute by an acclaimed author In a time when the world was young and many things were quite commonplace that are now entirely forgotten Sarastro Mage of the Day wed Pamina t

  • Title: Sunlight and Shadow: A Retelling of "The Magic Flute"
  • Author: Cameron Dokey
  • ISBN: 9781416960768
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • A new spin on The Magic Flute by an acclaimed author In a time when the world was young and many things were quite commonplace that are now entirely forgotten, Sarastro, Mage of the Day, wed Pamina, the Queen of the Night And in this way was the world complete, for light was joined to dark For all time would they be joined together Only the ending of the world could teaA new spin on The Magic Flute by an acclaimed author In a time when the world was young and many things were quite commonplace that are now entirely forgotten, Sarastro, Mage of the Day, wed Pamina, the Queen of the Night And in this way was the world complete, for light was joined to dark For all time would they be joined together Only the ending of the world could tear them apart In other words, in the days in which my parents married, there was no such thing as divorce.Thus begins the tale of Mina, a girl child born on the longest night of the darkest month of the year When her father looked at her, all he saw was what he feared By birth, by name, by nature, she belonged to the Dark So when Mina turned sixteen, her father took her away from shadow and brought her into sunlight.In retaliation, her mother lured a handsome prince into a deadly agreement If he frees Mina, he can claim her as his bride.Now Mina and her prince must endure deadly trials of love and fate and family before they can truly live happily ever after.

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      • Cameron Dokey

        Cameron Dokey is an American author living in Seattle, Washington She has a collection of over 50 old sci fi and horror films Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature Cameron has one husband and three cats, and is the author of over a dozen young adult novels Her favorite read is J.R.R Tolkien s trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Her favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer When she s not writing, Cameron likes to work in the garden and is learning to quilt.


    1. I figured out about half way through the book that the story is based on an opera by Mozart called "The Magical Flute". I vaguely remembered hearing the storyline, but for the most part this was new to me. Like the rest of the books in this series it's short and nothing is taken into to great depth, but I still seem to like them. About half of the book is a just a series of histories of the characters to put up a picture of how things came about. The book kept me fairly interested from the begin [...]

    2. I was totally unfamiliar to the tale of The Magical Flute, so I went into the story without any background. Later when I finished the book I found out that the author based if off an opera of the tale, which I found interesting. I'm guessing it works better in that form than in a novel. You'll see what I mean later.This is the story of a girl named Pamina (shortened to Mina) who is the daughter of the night and day. Didn't that catch your attention? Well it worked for me; I was hooked. The begin [...]

    3. I might get some hate mail for this but I really had a hard time with this book. It really bothered me that the narrator kept changing between chapters and you had to read a few sentences or paragraphs to figure out which person was narrating. Secondly, this book was supposed to be a remake of The Magic Flute but I thought it was more about the bells than the flute. Maybe this is truly the story of The Magic Flute- it's one I'm not entirely familiar with- but I just didn't think the story really [...]

    4. Here is the thing; I liked it. Its a happy, hopeful, and fun. I like that the main girl was brave, smart and all that. What I didn't like about her was that she was beautiful, now I know how that sounds but hear me out. I can take beautiful people being the main characters, and I can take other characters being beautiful too, but its mentioned how beautiful everyone is all the time. If Dokey would've eased off a bit it wouldn't have annoyed me so much.The love in the story I thought left somethi [...]

    5. I enjoyed this book as I have with all of Cameron Dokey's books. This one is a bit different in that it is based off of an opera by Mozart rather than a fairy tale. It is a bit far fetched that within a few hours love could be formed that could withstand the challenges of hell, but I don't think we read fairy tales or listen to operas for their realism. :) It is certainly more about escapism and entertainment, I believe. I enjoyed the book and recommend it. My only criticism is that I would have [...]

    6. I think I am beginning to tire of this author's style a little or the set up of this series. I still thought some of the writing was beautiful and liked the new details and development of the story but her endings never have as much development as the beginnings of her stories. This seems to be due more to the series wanting to keep the stories short than the author.In this book towards the end the main character finally meets her prince and after a couple hour acquantaince they declare their un [...]

    7. I really, really enjoyed this book! I'm not familiar with the story of the Magical Flute but this was fantastic! The story is told from several of the main characters POV which was a really fun twist on storytelling in general. I've read several reviews where people didn't like that and/or had a hard time knowing who was speaking next. For me it made the story a little exciting. I liked not knowing who was going to continue the story in the next chapter. FUN! It's well developed with charming, w [...]

    8. Way way to many changes to POV all without telling you who is speaking, sometime it changes from paragraph to paragraph. All the characters are uninspired and with all the changes I didn't care about any of them. Also for being a retelling of the Magic FLUTE there was surprisingly little flute action, it was all about some bells. The logic in this book went out the window within the first chapter or two as well. Apparently anything goes in this land. Also the dialogue, very poorly done. Are we i [...]

    9. This Tale is like no other! You will need to be smart to understand the story, but I don't think I need to worry about you! The story will make you believe in other magics of the world.What happened when light joined with darkness? As you might discover, when the world was still young and all the whys and whats of this planet was still being decided, darkness was joined by light. This was a time when dicorce was not even considered. Makeing these two unseperatable. Pamina and Mage of the Day mad [...]

    10. Like her other books, this was another first person narrative; however, the point of view kept changing between the different characters. One character would pick up telling the story where the other character left off. It was a fun change, but a bit confusing at times, especially at one particular point in the story when a new character began narrating. Well, from the beginning of the chapter I had envisioned this person as being female until I came to the sentence, "Selfish, foolish boy." I wa [...]

    11. As with other Once Upon a Time books, this was an interesting take on this story. Since this is YF and the series is very simplistic, I didn't expect great character or plot development, but this one seemed even weaker in these areas than expected. Plus, the writing style drove me crazy. The book is written in first-person narrative but the narrator changed almost every chapter and sometimes even in the middle of the chapter. I counted at least five different narrators. Often I felt like I was l [...]

    12. I really like Cameron Dokey's writing style. I also really like this book because it is based on the opera, 'The Magic Flute,' by Mozart, which is probably the only opera I've ever really liked. It's got all the magic, love and drama you could want in a fairytale-like story. My only complaint was the jumping around of narrator from character to character and trying to figure out who it was each time. It probably would have been easier not to have it from a narrator's point of view at all, but th [...]

    13. This is a reworking of "The Magic Flute" told from a number of viewpoints as a narrator directly to the reader.I found the POV switches very annoying. Most of the time I didn't know who was speaking until the bottom of the first page of a chapter, keeping me disoriented. And the constant switching left little time to know or care about any of the characters.It did bring up some very interesting things to think about on marriage and life and was an easy read.

    14. I think it's a little campy when the author's characters directly address the reader in fiction. I did,however, like that the story was told in first person from several different characters. It was a unique way to experience each character in depth and provided a variety of interpretations on the events. I think this story is a fresh, reinterpretation of The Magic Flute and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to read it.

    15. This is a fun book. I liked the storyline and the characters were interesting. Three stars because it was a little hard for me to get into and I didn't like the way the perspective changed so often. It made it too confusing for me, especially because I have to stop reading every few paragraphs to go help my kids. It would have been easier to read if it was written in third person. Or if the voice change only happened at the start of a new chapter.

    16. I've never heard the story of the magic flute before. It was interesting and engaging. Perhaps because I didn't know the story I didn't feel like it was too short/abrupt as I've felt about the other books in this series.

    17. I enjoyed this book but it was slightly hard to follow, it jumped between characters every chapter and at some points I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to remember who was narrating. The story was very good but if it was written in a more cohesive manner I would have enjoyed it more.

    18. "Darkness may cover light, but that is not the same as putting it out. Wheras, to overcome darkness, all light need do is to exist." "They say opposites attract. the trouble is between attraction and understanding there can be a very great distance."

    19. The book I read was Sunlight and Shadow, it was written by Cameron Dokey. With the Queen of the Night and The Sage of the Day fight for their daughter, or will she choose her own path. The main character in this book is Mina her parents are Queen of the Night and The Sage of the Day. The Queen of the Night watched over all in the night and the Sage of the day watches over all that the sun touches. Minas parents made a deal when she was born that her mother would keep her until her sixteenth birt [...]

    20. I enjoyed Dokey's retelling of the 1001 Arabian Nights and I've always liked The Magic Flute, so when my friend recommended this book, I bought it right away. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, but I finally pulled it out to read.Unfortunately, it fell through. The plot itself was interesting and I was excited to see how it would play out. I also have a soft spot for multiple pov's, although they're hard to pull off. However, the characters were all one dimensional and two much insta [...]

    21. I thought that Sunlight and Shadow was a strange mix of joy, sorrow, and overall befuddlement. I have never before heard the story of The Magic Flute, but I definitely understand how it is an opera. I mostly liked the story, but there was so much drama, so many twists and "terns" (Haha, see what I did there? ;P) that I was often left sadly empty. I was okay with the first chapter; it made sense. Lady Mina is the daughter of night and day, and he father kidnaps her (therefore breaking a promise), [...]

    22. I thought this was an interesting story. I wasn't familiar with the story of the Magic Flute before reading it, so I don't know how closely this story follows the original, but it was still a fun read.

    23. The blurb on this edition is not at all how the story goes. It was a little confusing for me when the narrator changed. If she had labelled each section by the narrator it would have been better than just plunging into a different narrator and then taking a while to make it clear who it is.

    24. Full review at bronzelock619/2011/01/sunlight-and-shadow-retelling-of-magicml.I haven't even heard of The Magic Flute before, and no wonder, because it's not even a fairy-tale. At least, not in the traditional sense. It is a German opera, Die Zauberflöte, that has both singing and spoken dialog. But I suppose an opera can be counted as a fairy-tale too if it involves magic and the passing-down of a particular story through the generations, like the Nutcracker, perhaps. Basically, the plot of th [...]

    25. Some parts were a little confusing but not to bad. All in all it was a beautiful story, the ending was so sweet.

    26. Loved how the author interwove different themes. Actually made me curious about an opera, which I NEVER thought would happen.

    27. What.The.F - *AHEM!*Oh right sorry.Um I never read the magic flute Is it the same as the Pied Piper? .No? Is it a play? or something?I dunno, but most of the book was spent with our characters trying to get our attention and holding our interest, (fail) until suddenly Ms. Dokey took a few dozen lines (I'm not sure how many you need to get this crazy, I'm just trying to make a joke that she wasn't in her senses. I'll see myself out.) and started writing every other thing that came to her mind.We [...]

    28. Mina is the child of the Queen of the Night and the Mage of the Day. They’ve married to complete the world and join light and dark forever. Mina spent the first sixteen years of her life with her mother before being abducted by her father to marry a man of his choosing, due to a prophesy he overheard. Mina’s mother enlists the help of Mina’s childhood friend, Lapin, and a prince, Tern, to save Mina. Together, Mina and Tern must face deadly trials to prove their love and wisdom.This book is [...]

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