A third-person narrative with a limited omniscient point of view, Bright Shadow’s characters are known through the protagonist, Abby Jackson. She is a dynamic heroine, just as she was in Marked by Fire, but this time her changes occur as she tries to overcome an emotional trauma caused by her aunt’s bizarre murder. All the characters are described with the lavish use of adjectives by the author.
Abby has dusky-lashed, cocoa-colored eyes set in a pecan-brown face. There is a birthmark on her cheek. She is independent, tenderhearted, and a good student. Her voice is a sweet soprano, and her face mirrors intense grief over the loss of her aunt. Her forebodings come to her in dreams.
Abby’s view of Carl Lee, the boy she loves, dwells on his features, such as eyes that are shiny and liquid like still water. She thinks of his hair like blackberries and his skin as like that of a ripe plum. He has a strong baritone voice, and “strong” is a word Abby uses often in thoughts of him. She seems to be connecting him with her father, Strong, who sees the boy in a totally different way. To Strong Jackson, Carl is a “skillet headed ape.”
Abby’s father, Strong, is stern. He has broad shoulders and thick, black hair salted with sprigs of white, and he often bellows. He can draw blueprints and build furniture. His wife, Patience, is plump and caramel-colored, with snow-white hair that falls in braids to her...
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