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I'm an urban fantasy reader and was pretty excited to check this out. The beginning painted a world of old that reminded me a lot of Oz and Odin's world of ruling (Asgard) along with the other eight realms all connected by the divine tree. The way they spoke of such travels between worlds being a myth was interesting, and i liked the idea of the shadows taking over ones' body and the big reveal of what actually happened to such infected.
While the beginning of the plot and idea were great enough to make me finish, the writing style, while nice, was a little too lengthy for my attention span. At times I'd find myself putting it down to do something else before reading again with a new pair of refreshed eyes. Because of this, the journey that took over the rest of the book didn't help. Overall, this book is recommended to those who enjoy journeys that the MCs go on, the type that are between dimensions with interactions among entities that were once considered gods to everyone before- 'that thing' -happened that I can't say.
I found the first book in The Harbringers of Light series extremely exciting. Travis Simmons paints a world mixed with elements of Norse Mythology and that of his own creation, making for a very interesting read. Abigail and her sister Leona live with their father Dolan on the world of O where they are protected from the darklings by the Light Guard....or so Abigail thought. The book starts out where Abigail is having a terrifying dream. And from thereon things just get weirder for Abigail. Sooner rather than later Abigail quickly learns that all the stories told to her about the Gods, elves and dwarves were so much more than just mere myth and legend. Soon Abigail and her sister, together with their neighbor Rorick to her aunt in the world of Fortarian when Abigail is infected with the shadow. There she learns that she is a Harbringer and it's up to her to work to become a Harbringer of Light or of Darkness. What will happen to Abigail, Leona and Rorick and will Abigail manage to cope with the shadow inside of her and her ability to use wyrd? More questions will arise and some answers will be given, but it is an exciting start to a series that holds so much potential and promise. A very good read from Travis Simmons.
As was the case with his post-apocalyptic series, Infernal Designs, and his Revenant Wyrd series, Travis' ability to build a world is amazing. The depth of detail that goes into each world he creates is phenomenal. This world is darker than that of the worlds of the Wyrd series, but not quite so dark as Infernal Designs. If you were a big fan of his Revenant Wyrd series, I think you will find you like this one as well.
Plague of Shadows follows both Travis' own imagery while incorporating Norse mythology. Instead of clashing, the two mesh very nicely. This follows two sisters who have to challenge all they've been raised to believe. This is only the start of the series, and as such, needed to serve a purpose as well as have a plot. The settings and characters were set up nicely. Nothing is simply one dimensional here.
That's not to say that this was an altogether perfect book. The pacing seemed off to me in some parts, but that also may just be personal preference. Overall, the book just plain rocked. I'm looking forward to seeing the challenges the characters face, especially the very personal internal struggles they're up against.
This was a quick read. I think that's truly my main complaint: I enjoyed the characters and world so much, that I don't like that I have to wait for the next installment!
Leona talks about what she pleases and doesn't pay much attention to the rules put into place. But she believe in the other lands and creatures.
These 2 sisters will now embark on a journey that will prove one wrong and one right, an adventure that will show them things they never would have guessed or imagined in their wildest dreams.
The author builds a world that is easily view in your mind. Would've been 5 stars if not for the fact that the book seems to end in the middle of a chapter. It just drops off, but a very good read and likable characters.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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