Title: Shadow Magic (Shadow Magic #1)
Author: Joshua Khan
Release Date: 6th October 2016
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Source: From Faye Rogers for 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.