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Stalking Shadows (Diamond Peak) Paperback – December 1, 2013
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The story line also remains true. Ariel is just 17, has been thrown into extremely challenging situations and is totally out of her element when it comes to dealing with darkness, a love interest (Nick), and a talking cat who likes to interfere with the progress of her love life. She has survived serious battles with demons and the Serpentine, she has been tricked many times yet survives, she witnesses the death of a new friend; and through it all, she doesn’t give up the fight.
However, I am an old person (groan) who has raised two teenage daughters and taught countless other teenagers. Along with loving them, I have been disappointed, frustrated, and annoyed by them. And so it is with Ariel, the 17-year-old main character. She keeps missing the point of all that she is being taught. She constantly lets her arrogances and fears defeat her. Granted, she keeps most of her torments to herself; but that frustrates me, too. She has several chances to share her quandaries with people who could help her resolve them. However, for various reasons, she chooses to hide all of the things that are holding her back. How does she think she can come into her full potential as a Warrior and save not only her mother but mankind if she doesn’t use all the resources available to her? How come she refuses to recognize that hiding from the truth just keeps a person suspended in time with no chance for progress? Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in Ariel; and I don’t consider this a flaw in the book. The point that I am frustrated with Ariel’s behavior proves how spot on the author, Tahlia Newland, has portrayed Ariel as a kid struggling to overcoming all those teenage angsts so she can grow to the next level of mature that is required to finish her quest. It proves that the story has not lost its power or its purpose. I, as a reader, am still merged in the magic of the tale.
Characters have to be true to themselves as well as to be who the author needs them to be, and Tahlia Newland has created a cast of wonderful characters who have carried the story gracefully. The book is well-written, the main storyline stays true, and the characters are strong, believable, and endearing. You can’t ask for anything better than that. I look forward to reading Book 3 in the series, Demon’s Grip.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review on behalf of the Awesome Indies.
Ulva Eldridge, AIA Reviewer
I really loved seeing where the journey picks up after book one's ending. There are several twists immediately in the start that I didn't see coming and had me hooked into the story. One thing that slightly bothered me was the relationship problems between Ariel and Nick because I feel like every second book in a series involving romance has this sort of step in the relationship. Because it isn't the main focus of the story of course I was able to overlook that in favor of the gripping prose and near constant action. There's hardly time to sit back and catch your breath during Stalking Shadows.
Maybe because of her brief personal separation from Nick, Ariel is able to develop more fully as a character. I just loved seeing how much she's grown from book one and knowing that she still has more to face that she'll undoubtedly be ready for. Her imperfections are what make her most amazing and interesting. She can't do everything. She needs plenty of training and reminders of what to do and she makes mistakes. And it's wonderful! One thing that I loved about her and Nick was that they could both recognize the faults in each other and they tried to work through that instead of ignoring the problems.
Even though this is focused in a fantastical setting and there are several creatures to keep track of, I never felt lost or like I didn't have an idea of what was happening. Everything was written so clearly I felt like I could picture it all in my head.
Overall, I really loved this book that gave me more reasons to stick with the rest of the series! If you love a good adventure, interesting characters, and an action-packed plot, you should pick this up too!
What I didn't like: Sometimes there was too much focus on the Radiance which brought me out of what I was reading, as well as some inconsistencies and errors that were easily noticeable to me. It's not as smooth as I was hoping for it to be, especially where the ending is concerned because I felt it ended rather abruptly so it could lead into book three.
Overall Review: Stalking Shadows is a good follow-up to Lethal Inheritance, and doesn't suffer too much from the fact that it's a sequel book to what was a really good first book. While it does have some flaws within itself overall its got more of the same messages to teach inside as well as a new interesting character (Twitchet) who I adore and found quite entertaining!
Recommend?: I do! If you've read the first then you should read the second to see what happens next!
I received this book in exchange for a review
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