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    After the forest dwellers destroy her home and kill her father, Aerbrin sets off on a journey to find the truth about her people, her kingdom, and the mysterious Zaad stone that contains a power she never imagined. Magic and mystery join forces in this intriguing fantasy world. Full of shifting alliances and twists you won’t see coming, it’s a can’t-miss read.

    Author: L.G. Rollins
    Specifications: 320 pages - 6x9
    Expected Release: Early December 2015

    Overall Customer Rating of 4 Reviews:

    Loved it!

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    Right before Aerbrin's father is killed by forest dwellers, he passes his Zaad stone to her. For some reason, she survived the attack. She has no idea what this stone does or why her life was spared. After the attack, she leaves to go live with her aunt and uncle. Her cousin, Hilfawn, has some secrets and the two of them end up on an adventure that changes everything.



    There are lots of moving parts in this book which kept my attention. We get lots of different viewpoints which I like in a book like this. It actually didn't confuse me too much. Aerbrin's cousin, Hilfawn, is a bit of a flirt and starts out shallow but she grows quite a bit throughout the book and shows what she's really made of. There are so many other great characters which were easy to love or hate and I'm looking forward to learning more about all of them!



    I enjoyed the world building and learning about the Zaad stones. There is much more to learn about them as the series progresses. This is the first book in a trilogy so, while it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, there are still questions to be answered. It starts out intense and doesn't let up the entire time. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more in this series!



    I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.

    Urbana, IL

    Great debut series!

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    This is a great start to the trilogy. The characters, settings, and plot line are all very imaginative and creative. While I did struggle with the first few chapters of the book, in terms of figuring out all of the characters (especially their names!) and what everything in the story was (creatures, places, settings), once I got past that part, I couldn't put the book down. The book flips back and forth between the different characters and their roles in the story. They are all connected yet have their own paths to go down to reach the end goal. I liked the back and forth; I liked reading the different perspectives. There are great messages within each character and their role. I saw similarities from other books that I enjoyed growing up. Narnia, Wizard of Oz, as well as strong and courageous female lead characters. It's fantasy. It's suspense. It's imaginative. Would be a great book for readers 14 and up. Great debut series! I'm going to be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series to see where things go from here!



    Check out my stop on the blog tour and full review at readinglikeafool.blogspot.com !!!

    Mebane, NC

    Dark, but well-written fantasy

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    Shadows of Angels is a new YA Fantasy novel by L.G. Rollins. It most definitely holds true to being a fantasy novel with plenty of legend, transformation, journeys, danger, white and black magic, and great sources of power.



    I didn’t realize this novel was YA until I was finished, and I will be honest, I would not recommend this book to teens. It was dark, gory, and upsetting almost the entire way through. There was very little rest from danger, fear, battles, blood, and death. There was almost no humor, and only a hint of romance. Honestly, it was almost too dark for me to take. I never had a chance to get a breath of fresh air before being sucked into the darkness again.



    That being said, I am sure plenty of people love novels like that. I would have liked it a lot more, though, had there been more respite and romance development.



    The beginning of the novel really tugged at my heart. Even though I had just been introduced to Aerbrin and her father, Gavil, I could feel their strong love for each other. I could understand the weight of her father’s sacrifice, and how she must have felt dealing with the aftermath. I was with her as she made the decision to leave home to start a new life that would be safer for her. Rollins did a wonderful job setting up the rest of the novel just in the first chapter.



    By the end of the third chapter, it was clear that Aerbrin’s troubles were only just beginning. There was much more danger and hatred to be encountered. I almost wanted her not to finish her carriage ride to Cuneus, knowing it would bring her pain.



    Soon, we get the perspectives of more and more characters, some likable, some not, and some on both extremes. Some we aren’t quite sure how to feel about. Sometimes there were so many characters and so many back stories, it was hard to keep track. It may be helpful to take notes while reading this novel. I am sure it will be worth it, especially since this is only the first novel in a series.



    I found myself really falling in love with certain characters, such as Hilfawn, Sir Vita, Timbrick and Teepin. They all were flawed in their own ways, and had their share of tribulation, but they all had a very special part to play in fighting evil and in working to bring the rightful king back to the throne. All of these characters, though so different, are self-sacrificing, brave, have secrets, and are quirky in their own ways.



    You won’t laugh or smile much in this novel because the violence, running, worrying, and bleeding is almost nonstop, but you will admire the characters and their constant efforts to do the right thing.



    The author was expert at painting a picture of the different beasts and demons encountered, as well as the scenes of destruction. Aerbrin for most of the novel is in a cursed land called the Druiman where a demon called Snugglib commands the elements and the monsters within. Those scenes of Aerbrin fighting for her life are expertly written, as you feel like you are fighting to survive with her.



    Similarly, you feel like you are there with Timbrick, Teepin and Hilfawn in their dangerous journey to search for King Sabaderios. The orchal was one of eeriest and most horrible monsters of them all. When encountering her in the book, you will subconsciously hope she doesn’t hear your thoughts or eat at your mind.



    The power of the Zaad stones was quite intriguing, as well as the way in which one can access its power. In this first book, the black magic usually won, but thankfully, there were powerful, and sometimes sad moments when good prevailed.



    I do think sometimes the explanations of legends, monsters, etc., were a little too complicated, just as there were too many characters in the book and too much violence. There were also many spelling errors in the book, and some of the vocal expressions sounded too modern.



    The book ended in such a way to excite you to find out what happens next. There were definitely enough twists and turns to leave you thirsting for knowledge, such as possible double identities.



    For the most part, it made sense for holes not to be filled in, but I was wondering why it took so long for Tradere to get to the Druiman and what happened to Vita after he set out to help Tradere. Other than that, I was satisfied with the way things were left.



    The bottom line is, this book is really well written. You will be afraid, worried, horrified, in pain, mourning, confused, driven, and self-sacrificingly irrational with the rest of the characters. It is just up to you if you like books that dark.

    Utah

    This is a fun book that has a lot going on plot wise

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    Wow, there really is a lot going on in this book! It starts out with Aerbrin and her father, they know they're going to be attacked by forest dwellers and as her father is dying he tries to protect Aerbrin up to his very last breath. But Aerbrin must be severely cursed, as she's on her way to the capitol in a carriage she picked because it's guarded, they are attacked and robbed. I liked Aerbrin, she is a great character, very down to earth and not high maintenance. I loved that through the course of the book she was able to grow and discover her own strength as well as the strength of the Zaad stone her father left her with.



    Her cousin, Hilfawn, is kind of the opposite of Aerbrin, she is a big flirt, always trying to get her own way. But I loved the way that she was able to grow throughout the book.



    The plot of this book is busy, there are tons of characters trying to attack Aerbrin and Hilfawn through the whole thing. They have to watch out for the scary forest dwellers, demons, orchals, and Hilfawn's own father sadly.



    I liked the plot for the most part, but there were a few places where so much was happening that I got a little bit confused. I also have to say that the ending of this one did not really seem like an ending. Hopefully that means that there will be more of the story in the form of another book.