Book Tour: Review: Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

shadowmagicTitle: Shadow Magic (Shadow Magic #1)
Author: Joshua Khan
This edition:
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: 6th October 2016
Pages: 336
Read it in:
Source: From Faye Rogers for Review

Synopsis: Goodreads

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.

My Review:

I have made it very clear that I was attracted to Shadow Magic because Rick Riordan loved it. However upon looking into it more I realised that actually this was going to be something I loved! I wasn’t wrong, although I ended up picking it up twice before I was actually able to sit down and read it, once I was able to dedicate time to reading it I was hooked.

Khan made an interesting world where magic was for men only, royal titles weren’t used, and there were huge…giant bats… The characters he wrote fit perfectly into the world, and the ones who were out of place, never let you forget that they weren’t supposed to be there! That being said, I really enjoyed this aspect. You are told on the back of the book about the one boy who was sold as a slave who wasn’t meant to be one! And his attempts of getting out of this at the start end with him meeting our other main character, Lady Shadow, Lily.

Thorn and Lily are perhaps an unlikely pair, with one being royal and one being a slave, and with a sudden death they are flung together, working together and maybe with a bit of a push from Thorn, they begin breaking the rules. And why not! Let us also throw in a giant bat named Hades also! As I was reading it, it was no surprise to me that this was a middle-grade novel, but still the ideas are wonderful and well thought out. The writing is also great, mixing mystery and humor and even murder! For younger readers, I’m sure they’ll love this book as much as I did.

As a side note I appreciate the bat in the corner that acts as one of those flip book images? I quite enjoyed that when I noticed that, ha!

For me, the book is 4 stars, however I am positive this book will get younger readers hooked and unable to put the book down!



About the Author:

Joshua Khan was born in Britain. From very early on he filled himself with the stories of heroes, kings and queens until there was hardly any room for anything else. He can tell you where King Arthur was born* but not what he himself had for breakfast. So, with a head stuffed with tales of legendary knights, wizards and great and terrible monsters it was inevitable Joshua would want to create some of his own. Hence SHADOW MAGIC. Josh lives in London with his family, but he’d rather live in a castle. It wouldn’t have to be very big, just as long as it had battlements.
*Tintagel, in case you were wondering.



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