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Product Details

  • Series: The Risen Sun (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (December 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258231
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 Praise for the Fallen Moon trilogy:

“An intricately plotted story that is full of imaginative characters.”—Night Owl Reviews

“A fabulous trilogy.”—Alternative Worlds

“Taylor is a talent to watch.”—Publishers Weekly

“A joy to read—rolling prose, tight action…and some twisty betrayals.”—The Straits Times Blogs

“A grim and complex story…Taylor’s strong vision and firm hand make it compelling reading.”—Herald Sun

About the Author

Born in Canberra in 1986, K.J. Taylor attended Radford College, where she wrote her first novel, The Land of Bad Fantasy, which was published in 2006. She studied for a Bachelor's Degree in Communications at the University of Canberra, and graduated in 2007 before going on to do a Graduate Certificate in Editing in 2008. K.J. Taylor writes at midnight and likes to wear black.

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Cool story I'm hooked.
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Thank you K. J. Taylor!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on May 1, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Shadow's Heir by K.J. Taylor is the first book in The Risen Sun series, and another installment in the world introduced in the Griffin books. For anybody not familiar with the dark Griffin Skander, or King Arenadd, Laela's story is an excellent introduction to the characters, and the world, and will make it easy to enjoy the continuation of both series. For reference, the events of The Shadow's Heir take place two decades or so after those of the last Griffin book, so readers get to see how they've `turned out.'

Being born looking or feeling different is something a lot of people can identify with, and Laela Redguard had the 'misfortune' of having black hair and blue eyes, marking her as a Northerner, and a Southerner. Being a half-breed is difficult enough, but after losing her only real family ties, Laela decides that she's had enough of her life as it's been and sets off to try and find a place where she'll be accepted. It's understandable, given her upbringing, that being discriminated against defines Laela, and as she grows into herself, it's encouraging to see how her personality, and strength eventually make her somebody that people have to acknowledge, even if they don't like her for reasons of genetics.

Unfortunately, while she's able to be lost in a crowd, Laela is attacked by a couple of thugs, and then saved by a stranger. Since the book's dust jacket gives away the identity of the stranger, it's not spoiling much to say that Laela is rescued by none other than Arenadd himself, who has the reputation of not only being heartless, but also having sold his soul to the Night God. Plainly nobody that Laela intended to run into when she left home.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Haller on December 26, 2012
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I love the previous trilogy, so I waited nearly a year for this book to release in the United States. I was pleased that the writing style and characterizations were the same as in the previous trilogy. Everything fit well together. I was sad about the changes that became Arenadd and that he was no longer the main protagonist, but his daughter is indeed a worthy heir to title of protagonist. The ending was heartbreaking. It's been a while since I've had a good series to affect me so. Thank you K. J. Taylor!
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“The Shadow’s Heir” by K.J. Taylor is the initial title in ‘The Risen Sun’ series and continues the sometimes somber tale started in ‘The Fallen Moon’ trilogy. The North is populated by the freed slaves and ruled by Arenadd Taranisaii who has his companion, the griffin Skandar, but feels constricted by his role as ruler. Laela Redguard had always felt outcast because of her obvious similarities to the Northern people and after the death of the man who she considered her adoptive father she elects to travel to the Northern kingdom where she will stand out only because of her blue eyes and lack of familiarity with the customs of the land. Her remarkable encounter with a stranger results in an unimaginable change in her life but she continues to be conflicted between the teachings she was raised with and those of her new home. Arenadd knows all about life-changing decisions and the unlikely pair may find a way to change the destinies of all who have sought refuge in the harsh North.

This paranormal series picks up after all of the momentous changes in the previous trilogy. This particular story is not quite as dark as some of the previous tales (although it has some violence and its share of gory scenes) but it definitely opens up quite a few storylines even as it takes an abrupt and surprising turn. Arenadd has always been a little difficult for me to sympathize with but there is no denying that he and the griffin Skandar are memorable even though I cringe at the depth of violence they can sink to. This story showcases the author’s impressive ability to create a nicely developed world populated by complex characters who are often unwillingly forced into roles that they have to grow into.
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By Kindle Customer on March 12, 2014
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Cool story I'm hooked. Now I have to go back and read the trilogy before Laela's story to get the whole picture.
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