Review of Game of Shadows

Posted February 28, 2017 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

Review of Game of Shadows

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, YA
Published by Tor Books on February 28th 2017
Pages: 400
Source: Netgalley

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Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.
Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he's ever seen. He's assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.
Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.
Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.


First Line

“Ethan Makkai, freedom is a state of mind.”

Here is what I thought

So this really isn’t my typical read, when I picked this to review it was because the young man sees ghost and that had me leaning more towards paranormal not fantasy. Although I must admit that I think I really needed a read that was not my norm because I really enjoyed it.

Ethan is feeling suffocated by his mother because he can’t go anywhere without her, she walks him to school which gets him laughed at. It’s his birthday and he wants to be able to just walk to school on his own and she refuses he takes off when she was in the bathroom.

This starts the turn of events in Ethan’s life that will change him forever as he finds out that there was a reason she kept him so close to her, now his mother has been kidnapped and he has ravens chasing after him. Capt. Barlett who has been watching out for him grabs him and takes him with him on a ship where they go through a storm of sorts and end up in Tara, the land of his mothers.

Here he finds out that his mother was a princess and he is their heir because he possesses the ability to see a ghost. It is how they know he is the heir but everyone thinks that Landover has no heir and there is an evil sorcerer who is trying to get his hands on the land but doesn’t know about him.

Ethan is a bit of a hot head at first and it’s easy to see why, he is tossed into this weird situation, his mother is kidnapped by a horrible villain and he is determined to get her back. Sneaks out with a couple of other teens and a search to find the father he didn’t know he had. I like Ethan but sometimes I wanted to smack him as well and I felt bad for General Niles who really wanted to smack him too.

This was a fun adventure story with unicorns, brownies, sprites and some other weird creatures. Since it’s a fantasy I will overlook the fact that Ethan became quite good with a sword after only a few lessons. 🙂 My only real complaint is the fact that it left me hanging on that cliff. 🙁 I thought it was going to end with all is good and then bam. ERRRR. 🙁 🙂

It looks like this author has done a lot of graphic novels, but this was her debut novel and can’t wait for the next one!

Recommend if you like

Fantasy adventures, young adult books, a boy you might want to thump on the head a time or two. 🙂

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Author Bio

ERIKA LEWIS graduated from Vanderbilt University and went on to earn an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University. She has had a successful career in television production for the past seventeen years, working with Sony (V.I.P, Strong Medicine,) with Fireworks Television (La Femme Nikita, Andromeda, Mutant X, Strange Days at Blake Holsey High,) with Fox (On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Ambush Makeover) and with G4 (Attack of the Show, X-Play.) Lewis is the author of The 49TH Key, published in Heavy Metal Magazine, and Firebrand with Legendary Comics. Game of Shadows is her debut novel.
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6 responses to “Review of Game of Shadows

  1. I love the cover and am hoping to read this in March after hearing you loved it so much. We’ll see. I need to figure out what I need to get read this month. Sometimes it can be a great thing reading out of your comfort zone!

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