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  • Series: The Secrets of Wintercraft (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062026422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062026422
  • ASIN: 0062026429
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jenna Burtenshaw’s debut comes as a breath of fresh air.” (The Times (London))

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Jenna Burtenshaw has been writing since she was a child, and she divides her time between her writing, her dogs, and her rescue rabbits. She is the author of Shadowcry and Blackwatch. She lives in England.


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The story captivates from very beginning, and you keep flipping pages, wanting to know what is next.
Elena
The characters seemed to bumble through the story, Kate was too naive, too stubborn, not at all clever, or interesting to be likeable.
Kale
Da'ru planned on making many soldiers like him but the important book was taken from her before she could.
Nori (Nori's Closet)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nori (Nori's Closet) on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's about Kate, a girl living with her uncle, working in a bookshop, ignorant of all she is capable of. Wardens in her land are famous for invading villages and capturing all able bodies to either sell off in cities for coins or to send off to be soldiers in a never-ending war. Kate discovers her ability to bring the dead back to life at the worst possible time. The wardens have come, and her "skill" has drawn the attention of everyone.

Her uncle is captured. Her bookstore is burnt to a crisp. And her only friend seems to have a very mysterious past. After some hiding, some chase scenes, a really interesting underground passage, and a crazy killer intent on finding her, Kate is eventually captured by Silas. And Silas is definitely my favorite character. He sort of seems like a Clint Eastwood type cowboy, with a very clear sense of what is right and wrong. However, he's also the head warden working for the evil Da'ru. Da'ru is on an epic search for the book: Wintercraft, a book that best works for people in Kate's family. Kate's family is well known for their skills in opening the veil to death, and her parents were killed for it.

You soon learn that Silas has his own agenda and instead of bringing Kate directly to his boss, he goes on his own search for the book. He believes Kate and the book will be his answer to dying. Da'ru brought him back to life and did something to his soul, making it impossible for him to die. All his wounds heal very quickly, making him the ultimate solider. Da'ru planned on making many soldiers like him but the important book was taken from her before she could. Kate makes a deal with Silas. Together Kate, Silas, and Edgar (her friend that just might be in love with her), learn about the skilled, the veil, and the book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kale on June 22, 2011
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You would think that being able to bring a bird back to life would be a good thing. For Kate that life could be the death of her.

Kate Winters has been living a quiet life in her small town with her uncle Artemis, content as the village booksellers. But their sleepy little town is overdue for a visit from the harvesters, wardens from the city of Fume who abduct people and sell them as servants and soldiers for the war front. The most hunted and prized prisoners are the Skilled, humans with the ability to see into the veil, the world between worlds. The Skilled also possess powers to heal and see the future. Unfortunately for Kate she comes from a long and distinguished line of Skilled, and some very dangerous people know it. They will stop at nothing to capture and harness her power for their own agendas.

I found Shadowcry a bit of a drag. It literally had no life to carry you through the plot development and world building. I forced myself to finish it. For me there was nothing really to latch onto. The characters seemed to bumble through the story, Kate was too naive, too stubborn, not at all clever, or interesting to be likeable. Well she might be interesting but the author didn't really elaborate on her character or much of any other. Edgar her not-so romantic lead seemed sweet with his bungled attempts to save Kate, but there were so many gaps in his description I'm not even sure what he looks like or if he's a brave, or a fool, he comes off less as a hero and more of a contradiction. I like Artemis for a moment, but then the author makes a point of casting him as a coward and close-minded, and not worth saving, which makes Kate look dumb for doing the right thing. I get that she wanted to create flawed characters, but those flaws only work if the people are endearing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on July 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The first chapter of Shadowcry started out decent. It had a Poison Study/Graceling fantasy vibe to it. But, where Poison Study and Graceling had dynamic heroine's, who I enjoyed reading about, Shadowcry did not.Kate wasn't a terrible heroine, she wasn't annoying or unlikeable, but she also didn't have a personality that was clearly identifiable. The only thing we really learn about Kate is that she has a special/paranormalish gift, which why she is captured and taken to the city of Fume in the first place.

I'm not going to get too much into the plot in this review. I actually didn't really have a problem with the plot, it was a somewhat original fantasy, and I actually enjoyed it, but what kept me from loving it was my disconnection to the characters. Aside from Silas, who was supposed to be the bad guy -because he is the murderer who kidnaps Kate- but he was actually the only character I found myself really caring about. He was very well written, I thought. He was dark, and I enjoyed learning his backstory, and as I read, I found myself rooting for him to get what he wanted more than anyone else.

Shadowcry wasn't a bad book, but I'm not sure I feel it's good enough for me to recommend. One of the reasons I picked up this book was because when I read the inside flap of the book it said: "Kate must harness her extraordinary powers to save herself, her country, and the two men she cares for most." I don't know about you, but from that line I got the impression that this book contained a little bit of a love story -but it did not, not at all -the two men she cared for were her uncle and her best friend (whom she had no chemistry with). And although I like books that have a romantic element, the lack of romance wasn't the main deal breaker for me, but I did feel a little deceived, so I feel as if I should warn others. On the converse, I am sure that some are tired of the typical YA romance, so for those this book might be a refreshing change.
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