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Shadowborn (Light & Shadow series Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Moira Katson

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“You, Catwin, no longer exist. You no longer have a fate of your own, a will of your own, or indeed a soul of your own. You will go where Miriel goes, you will watch instead of being watched, you will hear instead of being heard.”

Catwin has always been good at being unseen…that is, until one fateful mistake brings her to the attention of the Duke of Voltur: the commander of the bloodiest battle in living memory, a man of legendary ruthlessness who is determined to be the power behind the throne. To this end, he has chosen Catwin to be a Shadow—spy, shield, and blade—to his niece Miriel as she works to catch the eye of the King.

But the Duke’s carefully laid plans are only a piece of the intrigue swirling within the royal court. Shadows gather: legacies of the centuries-long rivalries for power, old betrayals, the endless plots of the courtiers, and the murmur of rebellion in the southern provinces.

Greater forces than Catwin can imagine are massed against her, determined to eliminate Miriel and impose a new order of their own. If Catwin and Miriel are to survive, they must learn quickly who to trust, and when to turn their skills against the very people who have trained them...

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Catch This Author Now! 1 juin 2013
Par Andrea L. Anastos - Publié sur
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I read and reviewed this author's first book (Mahalia) and said that I looked forward to the sequel to that story and the deeper development of that world. Little did I realize that a whole trilogy would appear next, with different characters and a totally different world.

But: Wow.

I have been reading fantasy-scifi for more years that Moira has been alive, I suspect, and caught many authors very early in their careers, often with their first book. (Among those were Anne McCaffrey, Katherine Kurtz, Patricia Kennealy, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Stephen Donaldson.) I predict that Moira Katson will be among them in another year or two. Already her stories compare favorably with the early books of those authors...and the maturing of her writing between Mahalia and Shadowborn is truly amazing. I can't wait to begin Shadowforged.

The plot in book one of the trilogy is intriguing and unpredictable in a good way. The characters are well-drawn with unrevealed depths. I don't want to spoil the story by sharing too much, but I want to commend the depiction of the relationship between Miriel and Catwin. The reality of the hurt and hope with which they both wrestle as they move toward trust provides a strong undercurrent to this volume.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Story Line, Long Read 20 octobre 2013
Par Kara Kelso - Publié sur
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First let me say the story line was well written and the characters had depth. That kept me reading to the end, but just barely...

Like other readers, I got a little tired of the constant observations and repeated descriptions. Hoards of long paragraphs just repeated information in different words (or sometimes the same words) were stuck in all over the book. I felt like it should have been a quicker read, but the repeated info slowed down the story for me and made it difficult to read.

I also would have given it 4 stars, but I was not fond of the ending. The teaser for the next book in the series wasn't enough, and left me wondering what happened when she opened the door. The ending could have been a little stronger. I prefer a book in the series that doesn't land with "to be continued" in some way. I would have liked to see this book stand alone, with the reader wanting to read more of the characters in the following books. Sadly, because of the ending and the confusing teaser, I don't care to finish the series.

Overall, though, this is a decent book and the author has done a beautiful job laying out a story. My suggestion is leaving out all the useless info.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Pros & Cons 1 août 2013
Par Greenleaf - Publié sur
This series so far (I'm currently reading the second book) is OK. The concept and storytelling is relatively good, but the author could desperately use a good beta reader- for grammar, but especially for consistency. First the King's eyes are dark, then blue... The first and second maidservants both seem to be named Anna... The inconsistencies go on and on, and crate a jarring effect that negatively impacts an otherwise enjoyable story. Clarity and flow is also sometimes lacking. Additionally maps, genealogies, and/or summaries of key terms- frequently used in fantasy books- could also have been helpful. Overall, its worth a free read... but I'm not sure I'd pay for the third volume when I can get better quality writing for free...
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great YA Fantasy. 17 juillet 2013
Par Sarah - Publié sur
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14-year-old Catwin was only minutes old when her mother spoke a prophecy that one day she would be betrayed, and sent her to the castle to be raised by the wet nurse there. Now at the age of 14, Catwin has been selected by the Duke's assassin Temar to become like him - a shadow.

Now Catwin stands to play a part in what will soon come to pass. She must become to the Duke's niece and heir (Miriel -also 14), what the Temar is to the duke - his shadow, his protector, his assassin. Catwin must learn to know everybody whilst escaping notice herself, to blend into the shadows where no one can see her, and to eavesdrop at all times.
Can Catwin keep Miriel safe? What are the Duke's plans for Miriel? And is Miriel really destined to marry the King?

This was a really good fantasy story about two quite different girls, and their differing positions in life.

Catwin was a strong character who learned quickly, and knew how to trust her instincts. I felt quite sorry for her that her mother had basically abandoned her, and that she really had very few people who even knew her, never mind loved her, but Catwin wasn't the sort of girl who wallowed in self-pity, she knew what she needed to do, and she did it, even when it meant putting her own life in danger.

Miriel started off as a very spoiled child. She came across as quite snooty, and it wasn't `til quite a way into the story that we began to see her true colours, and learned exactly what it was that she was dealing with. I thought that her uncle the duke was quite harsh on her, although I suppose he was that way with everyone. He did seem to impose really strict rules on both Miriel and Catwin though, and was happy to dish out punishments when he felt he had been disobeyed.

I liked the storyline in this book, and I managed to keep up with it most of the way. I did get a little confused over talks of different monarchs, and different strategies in the upcoming war, but mainly the story was straightforward, and I knew what was going on most of the time.
The ending of this was quite enlightening, although the ending was a bit of a cliff-hanger too unfortunately, it seems that we will have to read the next book if we want to find out what happens to Miriel and Catwin next, and who the king will marry.
Overall; a good YA fantasy story.
7.5 out of 10.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intelligent intrigue 17 mai 2013
Par paul little - Publié sur
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This is a medieval fantasy tale that does a great job of building a story that keeps the pages turning. The story builds relatively slowly with the introduction of the main characters, their various attributes, flaws, histories and choices. As the pace of the story builds, the layers of the plot become apparent and the intrigue plays out like a complex chess game.

The story is told from the perspective of Catwin and therefore we see the world and understand the choices through the eyes of the growing child. The characterizations are relatable and one can feel empathy and enmity towards the players in the game and sometimes a little of both.

Overall the plot is very well developed and the story keeps going at a high enough pace with a few good surprises along the way making this a delightful book to read and enjoy.
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