The Shadow Soul
(A Dance of Dragons, #1)
~By: Kaitlyn Davis
~Published: February 20th, 2014
~Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
"Game of Thrones meets Graceling in a new young adult fantasy by bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis. Told in alternating male and female perspectives, The Shadow Soul has been hailed as 'an amazing start to a new series that is going to have people of all ages wanting so much more.'" (Happy Tails & Tales Reviews)
When Jinji's home is destroyed, she is left with nowhere to run and no one to run to—until she meets Rhen, a prince chasing rumors that foreign enemies have landed on his shores.
Masquerading as a boy, Jinji joins Rhen with vengeance in her heart. But traveling together doesn't mean trusting one another, and both are keeping a deep secret—magic. Jinji can weave the elements to create master illusions and Rhen can pull burning flames into his flesh.
But while they struggle to hide the truth, a shadow lurks in the night. An ancient evil has reawakened, and unbeknownst to them, these two unlikely companions hold the key to its defeat. Because their meeting was not coincidence—it was fate. And their story has played out before, in a long forgotten time, an age of myth that is about to be reborn…
Kaitlyn Davis is the bestselling author of the Midnight Fire series, a young adult paranormal romance, and the A Dance of Dragons series, a young adult epic fantasy.
Kaitlyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She's been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a puppy of her own.
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~ Praise for The Shadow Soul ~
"The writing is flawless. The story and plot line, and plot twists, had me captivated and enamored for the first words. I couldn’t put this book down for anything, and I absolutely cannot wait for book two. The world building is amazing. I feel like I can feel the spirits when Jin speaks of them. And I can feel the fire on my skin like Rhen. And the secondary characters are just as great as the main characters…It’s an amazing start to a new series that is going to have people of all ages wanting so much more." - Happy Tails and Tales
"I loved the characters. Jinji is an amazing girl of such strength. Reading about her sometimes brought tears to my eyes because I couldn’t help but love her from the beginning. And Rhen, even though I was suspecting him of treachery he didn’t fail to be surprising at every turn… I can’t wait to find out what happens next!" – Creating Serenity
~ Praise for Kaitlyn Davis ~
"Kaitlyn Davis writes some of the best action scenes I have come across in a young adult book; they are fast paced and so well delivered." – Reflections of a Bookworm
"I really enjoyed Ms Davis's writing, I was riveted throughout and was eager to see what would happen - there was drama, danger, action and romance that was wonderfully detailed and described." – Obsession with Books
~ 5/5 Roses ~
One word to describe this book: intense! Everything from the battles, to the secrets, to the descriptions of the characters and scenery, are all incredibly intense. This book had me biting my nails, stomach tided in knots, and completely entranced til the last word.
The synopsis hints at a story full of adventure, danger, and secrets. That's exactly what this book delivers, along with a good dose of humor, breathtaking descriptions, and wonderful characters.
Jinji is a fantastic lead character. Younger than her actions and mental maturity suggest, she faces a supernatural evil most wouldn't be able to believe if it was staring them in the face. She is a fantastic lead female character, and I love the way she holds onto her self respect and courage, through everything Fate tries to prepare her for. She follows her heart, and always does what she feels is right.
Rhen is an incredible character as well. I adore the relationship he has with his horse - much like a best friend, they have a connection most people would dream of. He's strong, handsome, brave, and follows his heart no matter what. He takes the ill treatment of his family with honor and dignity, always heeding his status of Prince, while still doing what needs to be done in order to protect his kingdom.
A kingdom which, to the denial and disbelief of his family and acquaintances, is in grave danger. While he doesn't know what the danger is exactly, his gut tells him there is something to fear. Together with Jinji, he goes on a wild adventure to discover the danger, challenging an evil he can not yet fathom.
The ending left me desperate for the next book, and I can not wait to read it!! The author is a fantastic writer, and she had me completely enthralled throughout the entire book. I would read anything written by her, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone, and I hope the second one is just as good as the first!
*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author via YA Bound Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.