The ELLIOT TWINS enjoy mischief, and while they are indeed twins, there is nothing similar about them. JUDAH is tough and fearless. JENNIFER is timid and afraid of everything! When the twins lose their parents in the most "unexplainably odd accident the town has ever seen," the twins must count on each other to get by. The story opens on their twelfth birthday but the only party Jennifer wants is a pity party. Nobody seems to notice and while she waits for a pot of water to boil her mind wanders back to better days. Before she knows what's happening, a voice rises from the water and whisks her away to a dark land. When she discovers that Judah has been to Trilleah before, she is furious and demands an explanation. In this opening book of the series, Jennifer arrives to a strange land called Trilleah. It is here where she and the others must navigate carefully. In order to make it safely, they must learn to always listen to the voices of their Shailma's even when it seems to make no sense whatsoever. Even though the twins have known from the time of their parents death that there was odd and unexplainable circumstances surrounding the accident, they never gave it a second thought. At least, not until arriving in Trilleah. The accident was not an accident at all but a well planned out plot to destroy Jennifer before she could destroy Trilleah! It is here where Judah and Jennifer learn the truth of the accident and that while her daddy's soul was taken straight to heaven, her mamma was not so fortunate. The only safe place in the entire land of Trilleah is Asphelia's Hollow where, as Auntie Bella assures them, nothing from the outside can get in. "It is perfectly safe in the Hollow" Bella reminds them time, and time again. She is quite wrong however; Jennifer becomes aware of her grave mistake when she finds a small green bottle hidden in her Chamber of Rest. As the lid is lifted off the bottle, a bolt of fire flashes out and from it a terrifyingly voice emerges. The voice will speak only to Jennifer and informs her Bella is wrong--evil has already infiltrated Asphelia's Hollow. "Evil which even Bella knows nothing about." Through all sorts of tragedies and terrifying circumstances, the travelers become trapped by SHRAILZHAR, King of the dark land, who sends his mancies after them. The dreadful King is well aware of these ones who invade his land for the sole purpose of finding clay tablets and breaking the curse of the Waiting Ones-the curse made from blood and fire-and there is nothing he will not do to stop them. He knows that if these curse breakers find all dozen tablets and figure out how to put them together, the curse will indeed be broken, the souls of the Waiting Ones will be freed and his kingdom will be no more. It seems simple enough. Follow the maps, retrieve a clay tablet and get back to Asphelia's Hollow so they can return home. Unfortunately, it's anything but simple and as the travelers discover, personalities, lies, darkness and their own fears wreak havoc on both their bodies and their souls. It seems the biggest obstacles to overcome are the ones firmly rooted in their own minds. Casting Shadows has been referred to as a beautiful blend of JK Rowlings and CS Lewis. With paranormal activity and allegorical fantasy, but without the magical and sorcery, it can be read as Christian but the Christian ideology is underlying and not blatantly apparent.