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To protect the throne, 17-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night.

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life. 

Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer. 

As Kali edges closer to the truth behind the violent group’s identity, she uncovers dangerous secrets that could bring her mission to a brutal end. A scout’s job is to observe and report, never to engage...but if it means saving her sister and kingdom, Kali may have no choice. 

Tracing Shadows, by Amazon best-selling author Alex Lidell, is the first novel in the Scout series. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J. Maas.

©2018 Alex Lidell (P)2018 Alex Lidell

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A entertaining story.

With a good Narrator that presented the story in a manner that was entertaining this
Audio Book is worth your time.

The plot is well constructed with interesting characters.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 06-21-18

A female scout living two lives to learn info.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Hayden is a new narrator for me. She speaks with a pacing which I do not need to increase the speed of the book. Which is nice. This pace blended with Alex's writing of constant movement, keeping the story moving forward. There was one section that seemed to be a longer pause, which I'm not sure if it was meant to be there because a break in the section of the book or the audio part. At times, though, it feels as Hayden speaks fast to get through the book in a limited time frame, too fast. She does seem to fit the personality of Kali vocally though.

It's of a female playing a part of a Lady in royal court and as a guard trainee, as a male. It's a common story with two parts focused on one outcome. I listened on, and the more I did I liked the book. I'm curious as to what will happen in the next book with where we're left in a bit of an uproar and things that could happen.

The story is good, but I don't find it as catching as Alex's two other series. In the end we see there is something special going on with Kali but don't know exactly what yet. I think the catch of the story is the magic used with crystals and that Kali is something else in the magic spectrum. Also we have the kingdom the midst of rebellion with how things are going for their lives and the area they lost to another empire decades ago.

We get most of the story from Kali's view as she lives as Lady Lianna and Kal. There are moments added in from other characters. Violet is added in to give a view from her side, though the first section by her feels to introduce the fact that she likes to cut herself to take the emotional pain away. At first meeting, it felt as though Alex had to have something in the story that is emotional and catching. As the story line moves on, we see how Violet falls into a group, where they comfort her in a way she needs emotionally, who are against what the King is trying to do. It's easy to do when there is a void in one's heart, like Violet feels. The first meeting of Violet set this up for us to see.

As the story goes on I started to understand the troubles in the Dansil kingdom. They are struggling with baring children. Many woman are having still born children or dying in birth with the child. This is affecting the kingdom and people in it. They are not thriving as they should to survive as a kingdom. They need help.

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this is great

a wonderful story I love it very much it was so very good and very enjoyable book with a great narrator five stars definitely
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My favorite series by Alex Lidell so far!

Story: Political intrigue? Check. Interesting and imperfect heroine? Check. Excellent world building? Check. Slow burn romance? Check. Tracing shadows is easily my favorite book by Alex Lidell so far. I devoured it via kindle in a matter of days, and was excited to "reread" via audiobook.

Performance: Not the best narrator I have ever listened to, but not bad by any means. This book is performed well, and the distinct voices of the characters come out strong.

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THIS IS SUPER GOOD

This book was very interesting and intense! The ending left me me wanting more! The narrator did an amazing job portraying the emotions of each character and the different voices were great too! Hayden is a good choice to narrate this story and I will definitely listen to the second part when it comes out!

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Amazing listen!

I LOVED this audio! Fantastic characters and story kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I can’t wait to listen to the next book! Great narrator too, she put so much emotion into her performance and had unique voices and accents for each character, even the many faces of Callie had their own unique voice. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Mistress of disguise.

Mistress of disguise.
Audio version.
This took me a little time to get into, but then I couldn't stop listening. A great beginning for a series.
I can't wait for more of this, I want to say more about this story but I absolutely hate spoilers, so I won't go into details.
WARNING it is a cliffy, which I also hate.
The narrative was a bit fast, rushed as if she couldn't wait to finish reading.
Reasons I enjoyed this audio book:
Wonderful characters, Page-turner, Great world building, Unpredictable, Original, Easy-to-read/listen, Entertaining, Action-packed.
Bookshelves/tags:
adventure, cliffhanger, mystery, paranormal, series, suspense, young-adult.
This Audio book was given to me at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.

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LOVED IT!!!

This audibook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This was great. I loved it. Playing both a female and male roles gave this an intriguing and different set, usually a character pretends to be male or female, one or the other. The dual genders was well written, and very well performed. The narrator's clear differences for each character really made this a performance.

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An adventurous read!

To protect the throne, 17-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night...

Such an exciting, adventurous read that will leave you anxiously waiting for the next book!

Devoured this in one day! Absolutely fantastic and enjoyable. Throughout this whole book, I was intrigued and interested. So, so good and enjoyable. What a lovely six hours - it was music to my ears.

The narrator was good. A good listen.

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  • CAP
  • Alabama
  • 06-13-18

Female Warrior, posing as a Male Guard

I really enjoyed this book. The narration in audio was a bit slow, but once I sped up the audio, the pacing went well. The narrator did a good job with the characters, and I enjoyed the tale. It uses the trope of a woman wanting to prove herself as good as a man in combat, and gets tasked with a mission to hide herself in the men's royal guard. The magic system is simple and revolves around crystals. I can see a lot more expanded on it if desired. Although the main character cannot use magic crystals, it seems it can, or she can affect it in some way.

My largest complaint of this book is the fact that she keeps changing from being herself (she's someone important in royalty as a woman) to being the male "guard" in the army, and I had a hard time keeping straight what role she was playing in several different spots. I think it could of used a bit more clarity at times which role she was playing.

Other than that, it does end in a pretty harsh cliffhanger with unresolved story without much resolution at the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and it looks like I may have found another fantasy author to keep an eye on. =)