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Shadowcry The Night Of Souls When The Veil Between The Living And The Dead Is Thinnest Is Only Days Away Albion Is At War And Losing The Wardens Have Descended, Kidnapping Innocent Citizens For Their Army, But Looking For One In Particular And Fifteen Year Old Kate Winters Has Just Raised A Blackbird From The Dead As Her Home Is Torn Apart By The Wardens, Kate S Discovery That She Is One Of The Skilled The Rare People Who Can Cross The Veil Between Life And Death Makes Her The Most Hunted Person In All Of Albion Only She Can Unlock The Secrets Of Wintercraft, The Ancient Book Of Dangerous Knowledge Captured And Taken To The Graveyard City Of Fume With Its Secret Tunnels And Underground Villages, And Where Her Own Parents Met Their Deaths Ten Years Ago Kate Must Harness Her Extraordinary Powers To Save Herself, Her Country, And The Two Men She Cares For Most And She Ll Make A Pact With A Murderer To Do It Those Who Wish To See The Dark, Be Ready To Pay Your Price

10 thoughts on “Shadowcry

  1. says:

    4.5 Stars What an incredibly fascinating and unique world Burtenshaw has created I honestly can t believe that this is her first book I was completely enthralled after reading just the first chapter, and the story grabs onto you and doesn t let go until the last page Kate Winters lives in Morvane on the island of Albion, where she works in her Uncle s bookstore When she was five her town was harvested by the wardens people were collected and rounded up to be sold as slaves or to become so 4.5 Stars What an incredibly fascinating and unique world Burtenshaw has created I honestly can t believe that this is her first book I was completely enthralled after reading just the first chapter, and the story grabs onto you and doesn t let go until the last page Kate Winters lives in Morvane on the island of Albion, where she works in her Uncle s bookstore When she was five her town was harvested by the wardens people were collected and rounded up to be sold as slaves or to become soldiers in the never ending war against the Continent Kate was spared, but her parents were not She hid in a secret spot while her parents were dragged away, never to be seen by Kate again The wardens descend on the towns to look for the Skilled as well people that can enter the Veil the land of the dead Kate is fifteen now and she doesn t know it yet, but she is destined to be one of the most powerful of the Skilled in ages, andthan one person is looking for her.A lot of times in fantasy novels the author gets hung up on creating some crazy fantastical world and the story gets lost while you try to make sense of things Burtenshaw takes something that is unbelievable and makes it easy to understand There s a sense of tense excitement throughout the whole novel, and you can t help but want to turn the pages faster and faster to find out what will happen to the characters Kate doesn t believe in her abilities and the Veil at first, but the rate at which she accepts things is both imaginable and feels real Kate wants to help what is left of her family and friends, and tries to do what she thinks is right She isn t so stubborn that she kicks and fights against her fate she takes hold of it with both hands At first, Silas Dane is the supposed villain of the novel, but his role exists in a decidedly grey area He s a tortured man whose soul has been blackened against his will, but his and Kate s lives become forever enmeshed together.The imagery that Burtenshaw uses to describe the world she has created is magical I could imagine everything clearly, which can be a difficult feat when different realms and rituals are involved.I loved the characters, was fascinated by the world, and drawn into the story completely I ve read that at least twobooks are planned in this series, and I wholeheartedly look forward to reading them This was simply a great first book by a new author, and one I ll watch for years to come

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    Wintercraft is a debut novel, which has had quite a lot of buzz leading up to it s publication date The cover is awesome and I was very much looking forward to reading this book which is being marketed as an alternative to vampires and angels, and I was definitely up for something refreshing and new.Although Wintercraft is a solid debut, with good writing and a flowing plot, it didn t blow me away The landscape in Wintercraft is vibrant and descriptions of places and scenes are well thought ou Wintercraft is a debut novel, which has had quite a lot of buzz leading up to it s publication date The cover is awesome and I was very much looking forward to reading this book which is being marketed as an alternative to vampires and angels, and I was definitely up for something refreshing and new.Although Wintercraft is a solid debut, with good writing and a flowing plot, it didn t blow me away The landscape in Wintercraft is vibrant and descriptions of places and scenes are well thought out, unfortunately I didn t feel the same about the characters.Kate is a young girl with a gift She can see into the veil , the boundary between worlds and see through spirits of others I found Kate s character to be rather flat I didn t really get a sense of who she was until around a hundred pages from the end, which is when the book kicked into gear for me with regards to excitement and energy Much of the book we see Kate running, hiding and getting caught, or escaping, running, hiding and getting caught again, which was rather repetitive Edgar, Kate s best friends role was that of rescuer and not much else.The character which stood out by far was that of Silas, the evil element to the story However, he wasn t evil enough, instead I found myself feeling sympathetic towards him and his plight as a man brought back from death but living with no soul He wishes for death and thinks that Kate and her gift are the key to getting what he wants He is the most colourful character of all and his cold, harsh exterior and violent nature, which we really don t see that much of, hides a small part that is still good For me, the true evil in Wintercraft is found in Da ru, a member of the High Council.I also feel that this book would besuitable for younger teens because although the main protagonist, Kate, is around fifteen, she is quite a young fifteen and didn t have the same maturity I have found when reading other young adults books with the same aged protagonists.Verdict Sadly Wintercraft didn t engage me as much as I hoped it would I wish the characters weredeveloped, as I prefer my books to be quite character driven, and didn t really think that the plot alone was substantial enough to carry the book However, Wintercraft is a fun fantasy and I m sure many fantasy fans will enjoy it

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    You would think that being able to bring a bird back to life would be a good thing For Kate that life could be the death of her Kate Winters has been living a quiet life in her small town with her uncle Artemis, content as the village booksellers But their sleepy little town is overdue for a visit from the harvesters, wardens from the city of Fume who abduct people and sell them as servants and soldiers for the war front The most hunted and prized prisoners are the Skilled, humans with the a You would think that being able to bring a bird back to life would be a good thing For Kate that life could be the death of her Kate Winters has been living a quiet life in her small town with her uncle Artemis, content as the village booksellers But their sleepy little town is overdue for a visit from the harvesters, wardens from the city of Fume who abduct people and sell them as servants and soldiers for the war front The most hunted and prized prisoners are the Skilled, humans with the ability to see into the veil, the world between worlds The Skilled also possess powers to heal and see the future Unfortunately for Kate she comes from a long and distinguished line of Skilled, and some very dangerous people know it They will stop at nothing to capture and harness her power for their own agendas I found Shadowcry a bit of a drag It literally had no life to carry you through the plot development and world building I forced myself to finish it For me there was nothing really to latch onto The characters seemed to bumble through the story, Kate was too naive, too stubborn, not at all clever, or interesting to be likeable Well she might be interesting but the author didn t really elaborate on her character or much of any other Edgar her not so romantic lead seemed sweet with his bungled attempts to save Kate, but there were so many gaps in his description I m not even sure what he looks like or if he s a brave, or a fool, he comes off less as a hero andof a contradiction I like Artemis for a moment, but then the author makes a point of casting him as a coward and close minded, and not worth saving, which makes Kate look dumb for doing the right thing I get that she wanted to create flawed characters, but those flaws only work if the people are endearing The bad guys Silas and Da ru werefleshed out Silas most of all, since his situation wasinteresting than most being not quite alive yet unable to die But these are the villains and I don t want to get to know them better than the heroine The pet crow should not be my favorite character, which sadly it is Overall I found the cast annoying Shadowcry made me want to cry The concept was promising, I thought it was going to be a twist on necromancy, but with an overly imagined world and underly developed characters the book falls flat It was written well, but becoming immersed in such a dark and dreary world with no romance or interesting personalities to add color and life to the story it turned out bland, especially when a majority of the action happens in the last two chapters Those Who Still Wish to See the Dark, Be Ready to Pay Your Price In Boredom

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    I read only 186 pages, but I can say that just LOVED Silas He is tall, dark, mysterious, dead yeah dead as a doornail nobody is perfect the men of your dreams But only this character wasn t enough to captivated me.Maybe was the public to which the books was written it s a YA book or the fact that the walk on the land of the dead thing was written to much similar to the wonderful book of Garth Nix I don t known exactly what make me abandon this book, but certainly if re I read only 186 pages, but I can say that just LOVED Silas He is tall, dark, mysterious, dead yeah dead as a doornail nobody is perfect the men of your dreams But only this character wasn t enough to captivated me.Maybe was the public to which the books was written it s a YA book or the fact that the walk on the land of the dead thing was written to much similar to the wonderful book of Garth Nix I don t known exactly what make me abandon this book, but certainly if reading this book you like her power try to read Lirael of Garth Nix and tell me after if don t seem that Jenna Burtenshaw was too much similar to his story.3 stars all to Silas

  5. says:

    Reading for the second time to finally finish this series I ve owned since the dawn of time.

  6. says:

    3.5 stars This was an enjoyable YA fantasy I enjoyed the world building and found most of the cast of characters intriguing, though the villains werefleshed out It s moves along at quite a pace, and has what I came to think of as some steampunk esque elements mainly with the train Nice, easy, escapist read, which is very good for my tired brain at the moment.

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    Jenna Burtenshaw s Shadowcry has been on my radar for quite some time, ever since a friend read it and loved it With a review copy of book three in hand, I ve embarked on the full series, always a risky venture, yet one that I can t resist Obviously, I have will power issues Shadowcry stands unique from the bulk of young adult fiction, but, thus far, isn t the ideal read for me personally.As I say over and over again, what really makes me interested in a book are the characters Whether I lov Jenna Burtenshaw s Shadowcry has been on my radar for quite some time, ever since a friend read it and loved it With a review copy of book three in hand, I ve embarked on the full series, always a risky venture, yet one that I can t resist Obviously, I have will power issues Shadowcry stands unique from the bulk of young adult fiction, but, thus far, isn t the ideal read for me personally.As I say over and over again, what really makes me interested in a book are the characters Whether I love them or not, I almost always need to connect to them in some way, to feel that they re in some measure real to really get involved in the book World building and writing for their own sake get me only so far Shadowcry definitely focuseson those aspects than on character, so I had a lot of trouble maintaining interest, even though, objectively, I can appreciate a lot of what Burtenshaw has done here.Shadowcry starts dramatically with Kate and her uncle Artemis preparing to flee before the Wardens, the men who killed her mother and father, arrive in town They do not make it out of the bookshop Artemis owns in time however Blackbirds, the precursors to the Wardens, have arrived, pecking madly and dying on the streets The scene is eerie and horrifying.The Wardens are looking for the Skilled, people with the ability to bridge the veil, the space between life and death If one of these dead birds is touched by someone Skilled, the bird will return to life In the process of rescuing Ethan, who works for Artemis, from the barrage of dying birds, Kate touches one and it comes back to life in her hands The blackbird flaps up the chimney, alerting Silas, the head collector of the Skilled to her existence.Kate and Ethan are on the run, pursued by Silas They don t know who to trust, and have no idea what they can do The concept of the Skilled is fascinating, and I like the complex nature of Silas character He is not entirely good or evil, and not entirely human either Kate is a great heroine, too, full of fire and strength She never crumples in the face of adversity, and constantly tries to rescue Ethan and Artemis There s a definite sense in the book that the female characters are the strongest ones and that s awesome Also, I know some folks are really sick of books dominated by romance, so, just fyi, there s absolutely no romance in Shadowcry.Despite all that good stuff, my main reaction to Shadowcry was boredom Since there wasn t any focus on character development really, I just wasn t all that engaged Before I can care much about the world or the dramatic events, I need to care about the characters.So far, the Wintercraft series has not proved the ideal read for me, but I have hoped for Blackwatch I do think Shadowcry is a good book, but just not what I was hoping for or what works for me personally

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    A spellbinding supernatural story that delicately interweaves ancient magic and spinechilling suspenseThis gothic creation is utterly breathtaking, with such a colorful mix of interesting characters that are greatly memorable and likeable Wintercraft is the first installment within a spectacular Young Adult fantasy trilogy, with Blackwatch book 2 and Legacy book 3 continuing Kate s journey I did feel that this book contained elements within that would appeal to readers who enjoy books A spellbinding supernatural story that delicately interweaves ancient magic and spinechilling suspenseThis gothic creation is utterly breathtaking, with such a colorful mix of interesting characters that are greatly memorable and likeable Wintercraft is the first installment within a spectacular Young Adult fantasy trilogy, with Blackwatch book 2 and Legacy book 3 continuing Kate s journey I did feel that this book contained elements within that would appeal to readers who enjoy books such as Sabriel, as it includes sympathetic villains and characters who express such independent thought Jenna Burtenshaw s in depth world building is impressive, as I totally believed in Albion and those who inhabit this mystical place which is full of sinister secrets and danger One follows the story of Kate Winters who is not only torn from family members but is hunted by dangerous enemies, like Silas Dane who is a merciless killer haunted by memories Kate is skilled with the ability to see through the veil of life and death, and as the Night of Souls approaches she may be the key to the fate of her world with the clues to her power hidden within the book of Wintercraft This is an inspired magical creation of such epic proportions, which many readers both younger and older Young Adults teenagers will love I found it really easy to loose myself within this tale that is highly readable and most enjoyable to those with a vivid imagination I also have to mention how much I treasure the beauty of the paranormal cover and embellished pages, which transport one instantly to the author s world This is a light, fun and totally fantastical read of sheer sublime storytelling in which dreams really do become reality Since reading Wintercraft I am now very keen to delve into book 2 of this spectacular saga and so I praise highly this brilliant book www.wintercraft.co.uk Enter the world of Wintercraft meet the characters, visit the key locations and find outabout the important places in Wintercraft Find outabout characters such as Da ru Marr, Edgar Rill and Artemis Winters and locations like Morvane, Fume and the City Below Visit the high council chambers and the thieves way and also, extras computer desktop wallpaper

  9. says:

    Was expecting another generic oooh MC has special powers no one has and must save the world or something YA novel but I ended up enjoying it farthan expected Mostly because of Silas story arc and the weird relationship between Kate and him.

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    Hmmmmm I think the best word to sum up how this book felt to me is terse It s a solid debut, and an interesting take on necromancy, but the plot moved so quickly that it sort of blurred before my eyes The settings were fascinating and richly described, but shifted too swiftly I actually think this would work wonderfully in a visual medium there s a lot of atmosphere in those descriptions that would be lovely to watch on a screen.As far as characters went, I didn t really connect to most Hmmmmm I think the best word to sum up how this book felt to me is terse It s a solid debut, and an interesting take on necromancy, but the plot moved so quickly that it sort of blurred before my eyes The settings were fascinating and richly described, but shifted too swiftly I actually think this would work wonderfully in a visual medium there s a lot of atmosphere in those descriptions that would be lovely to watch on a screen.As far as characters went, I didn t really connect to most of them Kate was smart and resourceful and strong, which was fun to read, but I never got worried for her Silas was interesting, and I look forward to learningabout him in the sequel I could really care less about Edgar, though I did appreciate the fact that there was no romance betwee him and Kate and the two men she cares about most from the jacket appear to have been him and her uncle.The magic system was flashy and cool but confusing I like my magics a little closer to science, all full of rules and limitations and cause and effect, so it didn t work for me as well as others have Still, I hope that sequels will develop it and the world a bitThis felt in general likeof a prologue than a fully fledged story, but it was good enough that I ll keep an eye out for the next one nonetheless and hope it s somewhatengaging

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