Book Review: From the Shadows by E.J. Stevens

From the Shadows is a collection of dark poetry. Stevens' work rekindles the great lyrical storytelling style of Edgar Allen Poe with a dark imagination influenced by such masters as Neil Gaiman and H. P. Lovecraft.

I haven't read any poetry since the required reading during my school years.  In light of that, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about From the Shadows.  I sat down with From the Shadows this morning, and told myself I would just read a couple of poems while I was waiting for my husband to get off of the computer.  That was not meant to be, however.  As soon as I read the first poem, "Shadow Queen of the Sidhe" I was hooked and did not get up until I finished the entire book!

From the Shadows is organized into three sections and the poems in each section are all complementary to each other.  Each poem tells a story in itself, and each poem fits with others in the section.  The poems are powerful and haunting.  I loved them all, but my favorites were "Madness" and "Sanctuary."

Just One Gripe:
I honestly can't think of one.

The Best Thing About This Book:
The poetry puts into words things that I feel. 

Appropriate for a younger audience:

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an impartial review. 


  1. I have read about this collection of poetry but I am like you were- havent read a book of poetry in a while. I am definitely stoked to read your review!!=) Thx!

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  3. That book sure has an interesting cover!

    And the plot thickens...

  4. Thank you both for the comments! Stevens' other book has an even better cover, Rachel. And Chas, I enjoyed this one so much more than I thought I would!

  5. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading From the Shadows. :)


  6. I enjoy E. J.'s reviews and I love poetry. I teach a unit on it every year and it always my favorite thing to teach. I will definitely have to check this collection out.


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