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- Publication Date : May 16, 2017
- Print Length : 432 pages
- File Size : 9207 KB
- ASIN : B0725DR96Z
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,962,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cassandra Collier is now Princess of Mortisali and she is in love with Damon.
Cass is leaving Mortisali and will be gone for a while. She feels she has an obligation to test a theory she has been working on. Damon doesn’t want her to go and feels that she will be risking her life and he can’t go with her.
She and Rasmus (her personal guard) are captured by the Venificus (Thànatos’ personal soldiers). They fought valiantly but to no avail.
Their only hope was to be rescued or they could translocate but, that couldn’t happen without water.
I had a harder time with book one Parallel but, I think that was because this is a complicated story that needed to be set up. I enjoyed reading this book and I relied heavily on the glossary to remind me of who is who. I give From The Shadows 4.5 stars.
LJ Stock is back with another stunning chapter in the lives of all my favourite Mortisalians, and make no mistake. This time it's bigger, better, and even more heart destroying than before. Who even knew that was possible?
Once again, as we've come to expect of this author, we are taken on a whirlwind adventure, filled with danger, excitement, poignant moments of intense emotion, and that brilliant witty banter that is a hallmark of LJ's writing. All our favourite characters are back, with a few new ones. I won't spoil anything by telling you who, but this book contains my ultimate, all time, absolute favourite book boyfriend, but you can't have him. He's mine!
There is a subtle beauty to the way these books are written. LJ doesn't over explain or patronise her readers. She believes in their ability to identify and empathise with her characters enough to leave some things to the imagination. She writes boldly, leaving shades of grey in every character--good or bad. That understanding of human nature and the fact that nobody is perfect is, for me, what takes these books to a whole new level. Not a single person amongst the characters is perfect. Even the good guys mess up and do things that make you cringe, no matter how honourable their intentions. But it's those intentions and the intensely likeable way that LJ writes them that keeps you rooting for them throughout the story.
These books are epic fantasy stories set in a different world, a world I have begun to slip into the moment I open the pages and never want to leave. She describes Mortisali with such reverence and love that it's not hard to tell that it's her happy place just as much as it becomes yours as you read. Every scene is written with intensely enviable skill. You feel constantly safe in the knowledge that every page you turn will contain more of the same stunningly written prose and sharply witty banter. You can see how green the trees are, how blue the sky is. You can taste how fresh the air is because the writing wills you to. You see it all and more through Cassandra's eyes.
I think I touched on my love of Cass in my review for Parallel, but I think it bears repeating what an amazing female role model she is. She's a kick ass female who takes no crap from anybody. She's not afraid to stand up for herself and for those she cares about. In this book, we see her standing up against almost everybody she loves on behalf of somebody who, at that time, cannot do so for themselves. I'm trying to keep this review spoiler free so all I will say is that that moment sealed her for me as my favourite all time literary heroine.
This book takes us darker and deeper into the murky world that Thanatos wants to create, giving us more of a hint of what could happen if he were to win the impending war. We find out more of the depths he is willing to sink to in order to seize the power he so desperately craves. This book is darker than the last, but even in the midst of desperate situations where there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, the characters keep on going, and every situation is infused with that warmth of friendship and love that is so typical of Miss Stock's writing.
Parallel was my favourite book of 2016, and so far, From the Shadows is blasting the rest of 2017 away! I can't wait for more from Mortisali!
I started reading From the Shadows as soon as I got it and was immediately engulfed right back into the story as if no time had passed between book 1 and book 2. All the emotions that I felt from book one, came right back after the first paragraph. The author writes in such a way, I got so involved in the story, that I half expected one of the characters to ask me to step up and help.
The characters are so well written that I felt like I was right there in the story with them going through all the ups and downs alongside them. This book had my heart racing at times (you can tell because I have several nails that I completely bit down while reading certain sections.), but also had me feeling the anxiety, love, complete despair, anger, joy, and every other emotion the author brought the characters through.
The Mortisalian Series is unlike any story I have ever read. Not only is the plot line totally unique, the characters are alive. If you get anything out of this review, I hope it is – READ THIS BOOK! ☺
Now that's out of the way, let's get to what I thought of the book. I loved this one more than the first. Cass is really stepping in to her new role and accepting it with grace and a fierceness that makes her an awesome female lead. The story is one that seemed complicated at first, but as it unfolds you get sucked in and you fall in love even more with this world that LJ created. It's mystical, magical, full of action and twists and turns that will have you catching your breath. Couple all this with an underlying romance that is just enough to sooth a romance lovers soul, but not enough to over power the story and it's easy to see why From the Shadows is one of my favorites.
When an author can take me from my comfort zone of primarily reading romance, and have me fall head over heels for another genre, that speaks volumes. LJ Stock has a gift, and it's one that transcends genre.
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Where do I begin?
Cassandra, having accepted her responsibility as the princess of Mortisali, continues to strive to meet the expectations set for her. Having settled into her new life and still so beautifully in love with Damon, Cassandra's life seems almost prefect.
Well, that is until Cass—along with her trusty guardsman—are ambushed during one of her duties as the princess that had unfortunately sent her away from the palace.
Hours, days and weeks have passed, and Cassandra can see no way out, living her days in a dungeon with the hopes of one day escaping at the forefront of her mind.
Weak and hungry, Cass must decide whether she can trust the man who has held her captive for so long, forcing her away from Damon, the love of her life and everything she loved.
Will Cass escape? And if so, will she forever be tainted by the prophecy that has been mapped out for her since before she was even born?
"I achingly wished for open skies and rolling hills, almost as much as I longed for Damon's arms."
"As aggressive and as masculine as he was, Grigori had a softer side to him when he was with me. I found myself looking past parentage and what he was choosing instead to accept him for the person he was beyond his uncontrollable faults."
Relationships are tested and trust is of very little quantities now that the prophecy has been voiced.
Trust no one, but stay loyal.
LJ brought us Parallel. The perfect world that we all crave so much. The one we all want to escape to because, let's face it, sometimes reality sucks and we all want to find solace in another world.
Like Parallel, I found myself beautifully thrown back into that world, never wanting to escape. LJ's words flow like magic, capturing you with every word, page and chapter. I adored book 1 in this series and was eagerly anticipating book 2. I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. Again, I was left wanting more.
I won't give too much away. Just know that this story continues.. Long after we're shouting at the author for more. Because... Hello? Damon?... Cassandra?... Not to mention Grigori... Shannon.. (Who is super hilarious, might I add)
Seriously, guys. I won't go into this too much because I want you all to see for yourself, but what I will say is that Grigori one to watch out for. One that you don't want to miss out on. My heart aches for him... My love blossomed for him and although you didn't want to.. You couldn't help but root for him in some way.
I have no doubt that the third book (which I'm hopeful for) will be equally—if not greater—than the second one.
Her words are poetic, captivating and truly stunning.
Mortisali will always be my happy place.
Thank you LJ for giving us another piece of Motisalian Magic 😍
I'm back in Mortisalian and i could't wait to get back here. Back with the ever lovely,Cass and damon and all the people in their lives. I love it here in this world, so much. This series is just out of this world, amazing. After Parallel,book 1 i didn't think it could get better but omg was i wrong. The author sure to god knows how to grip you in her story telling. Her words are magical.
I was on the edge of my seat reading this book in parts, waiting to see what was going to happen next my heart was pounding with anticipation.
You get everything in this book, the emotions are just Wow. I cannot wait for book 3 and to see where LJ takes us next time.
MASSIVE MORTISALIAN five stars.
"for me, this man was home, in his arms was where i was supposed to be."
"Ti Takaya Krasivaya"
With the introduction of some new characters who you will love and hate in equal measure, L.J. Stock expands her Mortisalian world, giving it such richness and depth, it's hard to believe this kind of imagination exists in a human's mind. She. Is. A. Machine.
She's smashed it out of the park with FTS. I could wax lyrical and be all poetic as sh*t about this for you guys, but it won't do it justice. The sign of a good book is one that leaves you speechless. The sign of a good writer is one that leaves the reader feeling like they can't write a review worthy of the story they've just experienced.
All I can say is that you NEED to read this series. Even if it's not your usual genre, take a chance. You'll get swept up in the incredibly smooth writing, the vivid world that surrounds you, and you'll be rooting for Cass to make it through another challenge that seems impossible to get out of alive.
GET ME BOOK 3! STAT!
Five EPIC stars.
I adored Parallel and I wasn't sure what/if anything could top it. oh boy was I ever wrong. This book is chock a block with edge of your seat action, thrilling suspense, and fair few swoon worthy adorable moments.
This book is a fabulously written roller coater of a story that I simultaneously couldn't read fast enough and never wanted it to end.
Mortisali is an amazing awe invoking world that I truly would love to dwell, under the protective forces of Vis Liberi of course :p
I am seriously in awe of this ladys ability to create a world so complex yet easily understood due to Stocks fantastically detailed narrative.
Oh to have a walk around inside her mind.
As well as the ones we already know and love From the Shadows introduces us to more characters that are so interesting and intriguing that you can't help but crave more!
I NEED more!!! I cannot wait to get back to Mortisali!
Loved the first book so couldn't wait to get back into it with the second, I was gripped from the start, couldn't put it down! It is definitely one of the *stay awake all night reading* books, I should have booked a couple of days off!!