Duskies are born in a dangerous world as servants of the lords of light and shadow, but when creatures known as the Sathen threaten all the races, a Duskie named Nexa finds herself caught in the middle of a perilous journey to save her people and unite the races as one. Facing dangerous odds, prejudice, and violence, Nexa finds strength in those around her and, ultimately, love. Epic, stunning, and absolutely mesmerizing, Shadows is the unique and original story you have been waiting to listen to.
©2011 Cheree Alsop (P)2014 Cheree Alsop
I Would not recommend this book. While the story had promise it did not deliver. Both the characters and the plot fell flat. I found the story moved very quickly but did not have enough deepth for me to be invested in the hardships of the world or connect to the characters. Also the book was full of clichés and I found the narration to be grating.
1) Better editing. There are places where words or entire sentences are repeated. Also there are a few places where obvious errors have not been corrected (e.i. having just had breakfast but referring to the meal as lunch).
2) Slow the pacing. The author's writing doesn't spend a lot of time on world building, I think because the author is rushing to get to the love interest/romance section. Since I picked this up under the Sci-Fi category I wasn't expecting a YA cliche.
3) Include character development since there really isn't any. Nexa goes from a member of an oppressed species who guards caves and can barely fight to leading arms and becoming a tactical genius with little time spent to develop such skills.
4) Dump the romance between the two main characters, it's very cliche.
I'm not sure, what is this genre? As I said this was listed under Sci-Fi and I've read worse Sci-Fi books then this. It reads more like a book aimed at tweens though. Given the excessive insta-love that's happening I can't even really call this Young Adult though it's closer then Sci-Fi.
Oliver Wyman, Gover Gardner, Christina Moore or Jennifer Van Dyck
None that I can think of.
The author has a solid idea but I think her rush to do the whole romance thing spoiled what could have been a great idea. Also with poor editing and less then stellar narration it wasn't the best book I've listened to, nor the worst.
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