- File Size: 931 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Renee Scattergood; 1 edition (April 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VI2ZCY8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,001 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 - 6) (Shadow Stalker Bundles) Kindle Edition
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While the book shares several characteristics with similar tales of children who learn that they have unknown special abilities, what makes this series special are (1) the author has created an interesting world with its own geography and cultures and (2) the concept of shadow stalkers is both interesting and innovative (no spoilers so I won’t tell you how). This book is thus much more than your typical high school heroine with her standard group of friends. The main characters are interesting and well-developed, the pacing keeps the action going, and the prose descriptions bring the setting vividly to life. I also very much liked the idea of the self-fulfilling prophesy and the risk it poses to the characters and their world. Now that I have finished the first book, I definitely look forward to reading the second book and will be following this author as the series progresses. Recommended.
P.S. As of the writing of this review, the ebook is a free download. Enjoy!
The story follows a young woman with a shadowy (pun intended) past and a clouded future. She's being raised, not by her parents, but by a strict foster father who has been training her for...what? She isn't sure at first. But after she goes sneaking off with her friends and ends up stumbling into an invasion by a hostile empire, she discovers that ***SPOILER ALERT****
she is actually a shadow stalker by birth, and not only that, but the person the enemies want to capture and neutralize. She and her foster father flee to a remote island, where she undergoes training in her new abilities until new danger forces them to run again.
One of the best things about the series are the characters, who are human and sympathetic. The heroine is both a tough, capable young woman, and a naive and self-centered teenager; the tension between the two sides of her personality as she is suddenly forced to leave childhood behind and enter into adulthood is often well-captured, as is her ambivalent relationship with her foster father. The worldbuilding is also lush and unique, especially the exotic carnivorous plants that inhabit the island where the shadow stalkers live. The episodic structure meant that for me the first few episodes were slightly disjointed and it took a little while for the action to get going; however, the second half was gripping, and it breaks off at a point that is guaranteed to whet the reader's appetite for more.
In “Shadow Stalker”, those scenes consist of being tortured by creepy guys with electric prods… because being tortured is a proven training technique, right? Auren was raised by Kado, a Shadow Stalker with the ability to travel into the shadow world. Now, as the evil Galvadi Empire attacks the outer islands, Auren finds she is The Chosen One, here called the Delohi-Saqu, is a kind of Super-Shadow Stalker. Now, if she is to defeat the Evil Emperor, she must quickly learn all about the shadow world that Kado never bothered to mention in her first eighteen years. And in all this she finds a boyfriend, Etan. But boyfriends are forbidden if you’re The Chosen One, naturally.
The world-building in this book is certainly different. The planet has two moons and seems to consist of groups of islands, but no continents, so it is clearly not Earth. Some of the islands are inhabited by savages. And the names are different, although some may sound Japanese, like Kado. But they have washing machines and cell phones and they drive cars. They wear t-shirts and track pants. Their technology is a little advanced of ours (the cars hover off the ground or water), but it seems odd to be thrown into a world that is so much like ours and yet so different.
The book is well written, but not florid or enchanting. There are only a few grammatical errors (although one is in the first paragraph). Here, the plot and characters must hold the reader.
For young readers, this series might well engage and they will find Auren a likeable heroine. But they’ll have to read the entire series to get any closure.
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