Review – Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

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Title Circle of Shadows

Author Evelyn Skye

Description from Amazon

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.

So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart.

Initial Thoughts

Originally, wasn’t sure how I felt about this book.  It took me several days to finish, which is usually a sign that I am not enjoying it.  However, after finishing it and thinking about what I liked about it, I think the slow read actually made me like it more.  It was rich with information and characters that I was not able to absorb all in one shot.

Writing Style

I love multiple points of view in books.  It gives the reader such a complete picutre of the scene and it makes you feel like you know more than the main characters (which I happen to love).  The POVs here switch between Sora (Spirit) and Daemon (Wolf).

Favorite Quote

“Work hard.  Mischief harder.”

Final Thoughts

Rich characters, unique world building, Japan inspired, forbidden romance… Do I need to go on?  This book has everything I could want in a YA series debut and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment, Cloak of Night, coming in 2020.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye – written by the same author with a similar POV storytelling set up.
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – POV storytelling with strong Japanese influences

Links

Circle of Shadows on Goodreads

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