Title: Slight and Shadow
Author: Shae Ford
Publication Date: July 19th 2013
I received a copy for the review from the author. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
Winter has finally broken its hold over the Kingdom — but as the snows melt, trouble springs up in its place. A dark cloud hangs over Midlan: the army has retreated behind its high walls, not a word slips out from between its gates. And rumors swirl that the King has gone mad.
Kael knows nothing of this: his sights are on the plains. But with his horrible luck following him wherever he goes, it doesn’t take long for his plan to unravel. In fact, he begins to suspect that some would rather see him dead. If Kael is going to have any chance to survive, he’ll have to come up with a new plan — and quickly.
Meanwhile, Kyleigh finds herself locked in a sprint across the desert. Time presses against her: there is a force gathered in Whitebone that threatens to undo everything, should it reach the plains. But her pride blinds her to the dangers, and it isn’t long before she and her companions are lost among the towering dunes.
In this second book in the Fate’s Forsaken series, Kael and Kayleigh are off on separate missions. both which will lead them to form new alliances and to experience new adventures. Although told in two different perspectives, these two do converge at the end for a stunning, action-packed conclusion.
I really do love the author’s writing style; it flows effortlessly and is clear and concise. The plot is mostly straightforward with a few twists and turns to spice it up. The strength is in the characters. It is so much fun experiencing Kael’s growth and development as a character page after page, and to see his whispering put to the test and his abilities grow.
Kayleigh’s dragon comes out to ‘play’ more often in this sequel and I loved that. Trolls, giants, flesh-eating worms all contribute to much angst, humour and adventure for our heroes. The pace is even throughout with the occasional faster-paced action scenes and conflict. There are a lot of hair-raising moments where the reader is unsure if the characters will survive or come escape mostly unscathed.
I had a lot of fun reading Slight and Shadow and can’t wait to continue with the series. I love the uncomplicated yet captivating storyline and the whole adventuresomeness of it all.
Shae Ford is the USA Today bestselling author of the Fate’s Forsaken series, and a lifelong Texan. Born as arguably the quietest child in a raucous (but wonderful) extended family, Shae spent much of her early years daydreaming about the places and characters inside her head. She went to Texas A&M University (Whoop!) with every intention of becoming a geneticist. But wound up with an English degree, instead.
Shae published her debut novel, Harbinger, a few years later at the age of twenty-three. Though she had no idea what she was doing, fantasy readers from all over the world seemed to fall in love with her characters — characters who’d been with her for many years, through thick and thin. Her readers’ heartfelt admissions ultimately encouraged her to keep writing.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
The Fate’s Forsaken series follows the story of Kael: a young man who is gifted with extraordinary powers, but plagued by rotten bad luck. Having the chance to share his many (mis)adventures with readers all over the world has been the opportunity of a lifetime, and a journey Shae will never forget.