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Spychild (2nd Edition) (The Shadow's Apprentice Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Harper Alexander
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Book Description

Young Adult Fantasy.
(Ages 12-16)

Welcome to the game…
For generations, the capital city of Cerf Daine has been terrorized by a group of slinking criminal masterminds known as the Spykin. Operating from a secret headquarters, they strike whenever the danger is greatest, playing genius dark games for the simple thrill of it.
But recent times have seen their kind dwindle away, as the folly of their obsession with danger demands its price. One by one, they have all been caught.
All except Clevwrith, and he is determined to carry on the Spykin’s legacy.
By taking on an apprentice, he intends to mold a creature equal to himself, another that can never be caught. This requires that he teach his apprentice everything he knows, disclosing all of his deepest, darkest secrets.
But everyone has secrets of their own. And when you teach a stranger to play dark games without rules, the next move can come in any shape or form.
…Rules are forbidden.

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  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001MYK3QE
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful new discovery . . . September 19, 2011
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I found this book the other day while browsing the kindle fantasy section and I'm glad I picked it up. The characters are endearing while keeping their distance at the same time; staying among the shadows and just out of reach.

'Spychild' is the story of the Master of Shadows, Clevwrith, and his apprentince-by-chance Despiris. Clevwrith takes Despiris under his wing and teaches her everything he knows, but when Despiris is captured, a different world and new experiences are offered to her.

I really liked the characters in this book, especially because they so often seem to be fighting their inner demons as much as those who oppose them in the real world. This first book is told more from Despiris' point of view; her gratitude for Clevwrith's care and education in the ways of the spychildren, but also her struggle to decide where she wants her life to take her. I immediately purchased the second book in this series and hope it will prove to be just as intriguing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow March 15, 2013
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I didn't think this book would be so good but it swept me off to the world of shadows. I can't wait to read the sequel!! This is a must read book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! December 4, 2008
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Spychild has everything you could ask for in a book.
Memorable characters, and intricate plot, plenty of intrigue and the depth that some books don't have.

Harper Alexander really draws you into the story and makes you feel as if you know the characters. When they feel sad, so do you. If they are happy, you are too.

I wished that the book could go on longer, but there is still a sequel to look forward to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SO MUCH FUN!!!! December 15, 2008
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This book was such a fun read!!! The characters, the setting, the dialog, all of it! Entertaining, exciting, funny!!! I own it and I can't wait to buy the sequel!!! Highly recommended if you like fantasy and intrigue and great characters!!!

:):):) Don't stop writing Domino, I want to read all of your books!
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More About the Author

Harper Alexander grew up in Southern California. She briefly studied Child Development, which led to an occupation as an Au Pair, but her passions are reading, writing, artistry and singing, and she has a lifelong love for horses. In another life, she would have loved to be a horse-back stunt double, supported by a past as a gymnast, but in order to complete the overwhelming library of pending books in her head she will settle for the years she has been blessed with traipsing through the neighborhood fields on her own Arabian mount, and leave the swashbuckling and excitement to the characters in her books. She danced as a Spanish Dancer in "Ramona" (California's longest-running, official outdoor state play) for 8 years. She is greatly inspired by the works of Dawn Cook, Tamora Pierce, Patrick Rothfuss, Kristen Britain and Cornelia Funke, but enjoys a wide range of authors in the fantasy genre and tries to stay up-to-date and read a little bit of everyone. She wishes she had a soundtrack for her life to carry around as mood music (then she could always know when something bad was about to happen, or really take heart in all those inspirational moments that pass us by on a daily basis), and she's guilty of the cookies and brownies disappearing before they make their way into the oven. Some of her best friends are the characters in her books (no, she's not an antisocial psychopath - she has normal best friends, too), and some of her favorite things include: the smell of new books, plaid lining in sleeping bags, snowflakes, fancy socks, strange names for pets (she has a cat named Moo and would like a dog named Kitty), and mixing drinks at fast-food soda stations. Strawberry Rootbeer is her favorite. She most enjoys writing YA fantasy, but dabbles in a range and recently got the hankering to write children's fantasy under another name, as well as a few projects in non-fiction because certain aspects of her life are proving entirely too ridiculous not to turn into stories. She invites you to join her characters in their adventures.

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