Rising Shadows: a book review

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Description:

Sarah Matthews is nearing the end of another eventless summer in the small town of Bethany, Oklahoma. Disheartened over the reality that yet another unexciting season is coming to an end, she wishes for an unforgettable adventure to break up the monotony of life. But when mysterious circumstances transport Sarah and her sister, Lily, back in time, she gets more excitement than she bargained for.

The girls find themselves trapped in the twelfth century in a place shrouded with mystery and deception. Assassination plots, kidnappings, and tumultuous adventures force Sarah to rely on the Shadow, a masked hero who comes to her aid numerous times.

In order to uncover a conspiracy and save those closest to her, Sarah requests help from the Shadow and also from Will, the handsome and intriguing blacksmith she befriends. Sarah is strangely drawn to the excitement that seems to follow the town hero and begins to look forward to their secret encounters. She also finds herself caught in a romance with Will, despite the fact that their equally fiery personalities have a tendency to clash. But Will’s past is filled with secrets and pain, and Sarah finds it difficult to break through the walls he has built around him. She knows that in order to make things right with the kingdom and also with Will she will need more time in the forgotten land. But when her life is put on the line, Sarah realizes that she will be permanently stranded in the past if she remains for too long and she vows to find a way back home for her and Lily… or die trying.

My Review: 

Be careful what you wish for. It might be more than you baragained for.

Sarah Matthews wanted more for her summer vaccaton than staying home with her parents and sister, and prepping for college. One wish and the next thing she knows, she’s traveled a few hundred years back in time to Serimone, a kindom that isn’t even supposed to exist, protected by a mysterious hooded character known as the Shadow. He’s kind of  like a combination of robin hood + the arrow.

Life suddely got a whole lot more interesting, and complicated.

Sarah was a good character, and it was nice how well she took the whole time travel part, not like most stories where the main character drives me nuts because they’re determined to live in some kind of weird denial until halfway through the book.

I can’t really see where her younger sister fit into the plot. The kid came and went so quickly she didn’t really have any effect on the story. I doubt anyone would have noticed if she were left out entirely.

Karen was great and I would have loved to have seen more of her in the story, maybe even some from her POV alongside Sarah and Will the blacksmith, who has quite a few secrets of his own to unravel.

*Warning! Spoilers Ahead!*

My biggest pet peeve was that there was no final showdown with the villains in this book. I really would have liked to see Karen’s rescue played out. It was really frustrating to have to sit back with the main character and wait, doing absolutely nothing, while the rescue was taking place somewhere else. I know the author was probably just trying to build the suspense and make us wonder whether Karen lived or died, but I would much rather have seen the action.

My Rating: Four Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean. Things are barely warming up.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: nothing recalled.
Blood/violence: several fights and chases. Both main characters get beaten and torn up a bit. There is some detail but nothing graphic.

Amazon Kindle Link: Rising Shadows
Amazon Paperback Link: Unavailable

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Happy Reading Y’all!

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