Shadow Magic | Joshua Khan | Scholastic | October 2016
About the Book
Thorn, an outlaw’s son, wasn’t supposed to be a slave. He’s been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they’re headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.
Lilith Shadow wasn’t supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?
Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky.
Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan was so much fun! Packed with adventure, great characters, intrigue, humour, and even a giant bat. What more could you want?
Thorn, finds himself sold as a slave to Tyburn the chief executioner of the nation of the undead, Gehenna, and taken to Castle Gloom.
At the castle, Thorn meets Lilith Shadow. Lilith became the new leader of her country when her family was murdered. To make matters even worse, the only way to keep the peace is for her to marry Duke Solar’s son.
Solar’s nation and that of Lilith’s have been enemies for years. It’s clear this union, is not so much about bringing peace, to allow the Duke to take over. Also, the Duke’s son is a spoiled, self-important idiot, that Lillith can not stand!
As I said at the start, the story is a great adventure, brilliantly paced, and packed with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you from putting the book down. The world building is well done, quickly and efficiently developing the world. But for me, it’s the characters that make it.
The easy friendship between Lilly, Thorn, and K’leef (a captured prince being held hostage by the Solars) is fun to watch. I loved the friendship that develops as they band together to discover the truth and save her nation.
The best relationship, though, is the one between Thorn and the giant bat, Hades. Which is just an utter delight.
For a bat, Hades has no problems making his thoughts and opinions known!
This is a world and series I can’t wait to return to once more.
My copy of Shadow Magic was provided by the publisher as part of the blog tour for review purposes, but this in no away affects my opinion.