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The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 22, 2014
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"One word to describe this book: intense! Everything from the battles, to the secrets, to the descriptions of the characters and scenery, are all incredibly intense. This book had me biting my nails, stomach tided in knots, and completely entranced til the last word." - Desert Rose Reviews
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 22, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 290 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1494900092
- ISBN-13 : 978-1494900090
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.66 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,635,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So the story seems to have a lot going on without actually advancing the plot. The goal, at least for Jinji, is to find out more about the shadow force that killed her people so she can defeat it. However, she doesn't tell Rhen about the shadow and lets him make the wrong assumption so they run off in another direction, ignoring the one lead she overheard. It's not until three-quarters of the way through that she mentions anything and of course he doesn't believe her.
I would sum up this book as a swaggering prince going on wild adventures and teasing his sidekick, a girl disguised as a boy, while she feels frustrated but never says a word to stop him. It took me a long time to read not because it was looking, but it failed to hold my interest. I don't think I will read future books in the series.
I guess this book is setting up a bigger conflict for future books, but I found it frustrating that there was no resolution to this book. I like there to be some kind of payoff at the end of a long read, not just a cliffhanger. Instead I got introduced to a bunch of new characters right at the end and didn't have an emotional investment before they died. The death in the middle of the book actually had more impact to the characters and to me because there had been time spent with him.
There is also a loose plot thread when they promise to help the princess escape the enemy kingdom and then promptly leave without her. I think it's just a mention to set up a spin-off series, but I thought it was a little tacked on.
I would recommend this book to readers who like YA fantasy with a lot of tension from unspoken secrets and the sense that the main characters are chosen for a greater destiny but may take some time to get there. It wasn't for me, but if this sounds like something you could enjoy, then give it a shot. I believe all three books in the series are already published so you don't have to wait on the cliffhangers, which is a plus.
Good start to the story, interested to see what's next. Jin's secret revealed at the end and her imprisonment mean the next one should not disappoint. Rhen behaved more nobly than I anticipated, all the way to the end of the book, his last inaction puzzling given the bond he was beginning to form with Jin, woman or not. Hopefully he comes to his senses in time. Then again, with how young they both are, the book could use a few years of them apart I think before they reunite.
Otherwise the story was great and progressed smoothly. I had no problems understanding or keeping up with the plot. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
It seems that after all the darkness, a bit more light and hope should show up, at least for me as the reader. Instead, it seems like more dark and winding ways are opening, with no ending in immediate sight. Now, that does make me curious, a bit, about the other books in the series.
I got the book while it was on promo, and am happy to have taken the time to read it. It was very interesting, it was just the ending that was not quite satisfying.