Review of The Shadow of What was Lost by James Islington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First of all, I just want to say that this book has a gorgeous cover. The cover and the title are the things that drew my in. I know, I know… You can’t judge a book by its cover, yet we all do it.
Anyway, on to the review of this book, because, despite being drawn in by the pretty cover, it was what was on the inside that hooked me and pulled me through. The story was fantastic, the magic was fun and never had me second guessing something or thinking that a way it was used to save the character was completely unrealistic. I say unrealistic because even when you are dealing with magic you can break the suspension of disbelief which, in turn, ruins the flow of a story.
But there were some rough waters for me in this fantastical tome of wonder, and that was in the beginning. The first 50 or so pages reeked of a cliché epic fantasy tale. This is something that I normally avoid or causes me to put down a book quickly as if it is infected with the Black Death. However, the writing was good…
So, I read on.
And hot-dog! This book pulls the rug on some of those clichés and plays with others in a fun way. I soon found myself ripped away and dying to know what happens next. The author pulls out plenty of turns that are completely unexpected.
And the ending! Wait until you get to the ending.
So this book hits all the marks for me, and while I wasn’t a fan of the beginning, after you read more and learn more, it all becomes painted in a new light.
In conclusion, this book is worth your time.