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The Shadow's Servant

The Shadow Magic Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Steve Barnes
Series: Shadow Magic Series, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If knowledge is power, then what's a secret?

A year after thwarting the Kabbahl's attempt to restore shadow magic, the impetuous Marcus Fith, denied the opportunity to help his family search for his sister, decides to take matters into his own hands. When the only meaningful clue his family has seen mysteriously shows up - a letter addressed to him... written in his own blood - Marcus escapes in order to work out the set of expiring instructions that promise to lead him to his sister.

Promises are slippery things, however. 

What follows is an adventurous tale filled with shady characters, betrayal, magical monsters, and an epic battle that is just beginning. 

If only Marcus and Ellie knew what they've started...

©2018 Justin Swapp (P)2018 Justin Swapp

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Great sequel!

An outstanding book that picked up right where the first book left off. I found myself really enjoying my commute to work and sometimes I didn't want to get out of the car. There was much more action in this book compared to the first. The Shadow's Servant has an entertaining storyline and the narrator was fantastic.

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Excellent Second Installment in the Series!

The Shadows Servant: The Shadow Magic Series, Book 2 written by Justin Swapp. The audiobook is narrated by Steve Barnes with a total running time of 12 hours and 2 minutes. During that time the listener is taken on an adventure with Marcus Fifth as he endeavors to save his twin sister Ellie one year after she was taken by the absent Mother Mirella. When Ellie’s guardian Ellamir; a talking cat, arrives and leaves a mysterious blank letter for him to solve to find his sister the story begins to really take shape. Marcus lets his impulsive nature lead him off on the quest to find his sister without telling his Grandparents or Aunt and Uncle.

The story truly holds the listener's attention through the entire audiobook. This was truly a story about Marcus and how who he is and the man he will become if is depending on the path he either chooses for himself or is forced by events caused by his own impulsiveness. This is also hopefully the start of his path on a hero’s journey to save his sister. The cast of new and old character is somewhat larger and their relationships complex. The main character Marcus is driven and overly focuses on his goal of saving Ellie at the expense of his own safety and those around him.

The narration by Steve Barnes was excellent. In this audio performance, he gave voice to a diverse cast of characters. Marcus was the lead, but some of the smaller characters were truly funny and memorable like Erasmus the monkey first mate. That is a character that just stands out even with a small role. Mr. Barnes did an outstanding job performing this audiobook. The production quality of this audiobook is also the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance such as loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear. Justin Swapp delivered an excellent audiobook production. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Book was hard to put down. Finished it in two days

Love Justin Swapp and the Shadow Magic Series! His books are hard to put down because they are so creative, fun and engaging.

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Swapp and Barnes do it again!

My 13-yr old daughter and I recently drove my in laws car back from San Diego and were so glad we had this book to listen too on our way home. It made the time go by so fast. We actually didn't want to get home before the book was over. We were able to finish it on the drive. Such a great book. My daughter had read the book so she knew a lot of what was going to happen but I did not. At the start of chapter 29 (The Black Market) she said, oh I hate this part.

Great book and great performance.

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The Shadow's Servant

Marcus is still trying to find his sister who was taken by their mother in Book 1.A new cousin shows up,but is he good or bad?This was a good follow up to The Magic Shop.I enjoyed it. Steve Barnes was a good narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Out of the shadows

Another spellbinder from the master. Justin loads us into his tale, and abruptly swings into the current. Twists and turns bouncing us off hidden boulders, spinning around whirlpools and, occasionally, letting us settle into the lulls between the rapids.
A master storyteller, I highly recommend following Marcus as he searches for his sister - Listen to The Shadow's Servant or catch up to the beginning with The Magic Shop.

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  • Leslie F.
  • LONG BEACH, CA, United States
  • 01-21-19

Entertaining sequel

This was a really good story, but for some reason, it did not hold my attention as well as the first book in the series. I think it is a little darker (which isn't a bad thing). The narration of the audiobook is great, and the narrator does so many different voices to give life to the characters. There were a lot of good twists and new information brought to light. I listened to this one with my kids, and it seemed to hold their attention for the most part, though it is quite a long book. Overall, a good book. I would listen to more books in the series as they come out.

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  • Mark Say
  • 07-08-19

Good sequel,brings us deeper into the magic world

It's been a couple of weeks since I listened to the Magic Shop, the first book in this series and although I remembered the just of what happened some things were spotty. I was unsure how I would slot back into the world Swapp created if there was no recap.

I need not have worried, I soon remembered who was who and where people ended up at the end of the last book.

Steve Barnes resumes narration and does a good job of the different characters, especially some of the more sinister ones, he has a good villain voice!

The magic shop wouldn't necessarily have been on my reading list but having read that I wanted to find out how things played out with the Fith kids and their family.

The book starts out a year after the last book and take maybe an hour to really get going. Once it does it is action packed. We meet quite a few new characters and some old ones too and it feels a little bit hunger games at some points.

I did notice some of the corny dialogue that got to me in the first book, but it didn't bother me quite as much as I think I was more invested in the story this time. Do me a favour though Justin change up some of the most common used phrases next book, "you owe me that much" :p

The book has several parts to it and towards the last part I was quite confused as to who was on which side and what people's motivations were, it all wraps up in the end and I still wasn't quite clear on what had just happened, so I skipped back a chapter or two just to make sure. Probably my fault for listening whilst doing other things.

All in all I liked this book better than the magic shop, with the origin story out of the way Justin was free to build on the world he created.

A solid sequel that if you enjoyed the first book you won't be disappointed in this one.

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  • Helen
  • 07-05-19

great story line

great audio book with a great team By: Justin Swapp who write it well
Narrated by: Steve Barnes who brought it to life can't wait for book 3

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  • Jeff
  • 01-21-19

more magic and mayhem

we start from were we left of from the first book Marcus is trying to save his sister Ellie There's plenty of action throughoput the whole book and well worth a read

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  • IOI-655321
  • 01-16-19

A good followup to the first

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The Book

Marcus is trying to save his sister Ellie after the events of book one, the cast of characters is good and I think the story is better than the first book. There's plenty of action and Marcus story is engaging and interesting as we see him develop as he does everything he can to save his sister. There's lots of different settings and the whole family situation develops well too as well as lots more magical things going on.

The Production

The narrator did voices well, his normal voice had an odd slightly nasal tone and occasionally a clipped kind of speech which took a bit of getting used to but once you did was ok.