#BookReview Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Series: Circle of Shadows 1
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Available: 22 January 2019
Copy from: Fairyloot
Genre: Young Adult / Fiction / Fantasy
A thrilling new fantasy series full of magic and betrayal—from Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of the Crown’s Game series.
Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.
As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.
So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.
Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart forever.
Having received a copy from Fairyloot in the January box, with gorgeous sprayed edges I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. This isn’t an author that I had previously heard of, so I was happy to find a potential new favourite to add to my shelf.
The blurb sounded very promising, and the hints from fairyloot had me so excited to get going with this book! I mean really, Ninjas and Fantasy in one book? What’s not to love!
Sora and her Gemina Daemon had great Chemistry and were both intriguing Characters from the very start. I love the friendships and complexities in the relationship that we see throughout the story, both within each of the Taiga pairs and with the Teachers around them.
As Sora aka Spirit says, ‘Work hard, Mischief Harder’. Having a Ninja in training who says that, you just know that they’re going to get into some sort of trouble with the tutors, but the way the story went wasn’t what I expected!
There is plenty of action, mischief and humour galore, with a wonderful forbidden romantic thread throughout. Of course, when you’re the type of person who engages in Mischief regularly, it can be difficult then to convince the people around you that the things you say you have seen and heard, are in fact true.
I think that concept is something regularly seen within YA types of stories, however, there were so many elements of this story that were new and exciting that I not only didn’t mind it, I actually enjoyed the one thread of familiarity. From Gods and magic, Ninjas and Betrayals, friendships, mistakes and heroics… there’s so MUCH going on with this book!
Yet the Chapters are brilliantly handled, relatively short and punchy with each one bringing something new to the plot, this story isn’t a slow build, rather it gets going the second you open the cover to the first page.
The ending wasn’t at all what I was expecting, and I can’t wait to see where this story goes in the next book! the only thing that is a bit of a let down? I know it’s going to be a long wait for book 2 😫😫 but I imagine it will very much be worth the wait, if this book is anything to go by! And I will certainly be looking into the Authors other books ASAP.
About The Author:
Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the CIA, she not-so-secretly wishes she was on So You Think You Can Dance, and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Crown’s Game and its sequel, The Crown’s Fate. Evelyn can be found online at http://www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.