Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1) by Ben Alderson

Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn't know what he is.Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the th...

Details Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)

TitleCloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)
Release DateDec 18th, 2017
PublisherOftomes Publishing
GenreFantasy, Lgbt, Young Adult

Reviews Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    I am so impressed right now - Ben has such a talent for storytelling! He created a detailed, creative world here that any fantasy fan will love. There were different types of elves, magic, a prince, pretty forests, lots of action scenes... basically everything you'd want to see. Some of my favorite bits:- A prince who is more than he appears... and with whom Zac might have more in common than he thinks.- a well-developed romance- you could feel t...
  • Kylie Holiday
    BLATANT SEXISM. The female characters are portrayed horribly!!! Saw this book in the Goodreads newsletter and noticed the impressive ratings, and I LOVE LGBTQ fiction. But please do NOT believe the hype!!! This story is sexist in the worst way, delegating most of its female characters to one dimensional 'bitchy bimbo' stereotypes while the equally one dimensional male cast of Mary Sues receive the rest of the fantasy tropes. This is NOT acceptabl...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    Cloaked in Shadow made me think of Throne of Glass and ACOTAR and a lot of set-up books that put things in place before the shit hits the fan. It felt like setting up a chessboard, which makes me so much more curious about the sequel.*I had high expectations when I started reading it. And I can honestly say they were met. It was a really nice and enjoyable read.*I want to point out 2 things, though. First one, the world-building. It isn’t that ...
  • JD
    An Elf nicknamed "Zac". That's enough to DNR for me right there. Let's break down the synopsis now: the author puts "feeding his family" and avoiding a love interest into the same priority category. Seriously? Wtf is with the cover art? It looks like something that would belong to gay fantasy fanfic featuring an Elf that works part time as a go-go dancer in a gay club in Orlando. And I say that as a gay guy living in Orlando. YA- can't we demand...
  • Shauna
    A few disclaimers before I get into what is probably going to be a very lengthy (and spoiler-filled) review:One of the main things I think is important in a book review, or in any review, is honesty. So I’m going to be honest, I was a little bit sceptical when I started reading this book. The main thing that led to my scepticism was the amount of time that appeared to pass between the book being finished and its publication. Rome wasn’t built...
  • Christine Spoors
    I haven't been reading much fantasy recently, but Cloaked in Shadow has definitely reminded me why I love the YA fantasy genre so much. This is Alderson's first book and I absolutely love the world he created.I really liked the main character Zacriah, it's always interesting to read from a male POV in YA fantasy as it's not something we see as often. He is such a likeable character and I liked that he is flawed, and remains so throughout the book...
  • Natasha
  • Gabrielė▪Jan
    ☆1.5/5☆▪Plot 2/5▪Details 2/5▪Characters 2/5▪Romance 1/5▪World building 2/5▪Magic system 1/5▪Logic 2/5▪Writing style 1/5▪Enjoyment 2/5Review to come
  • Anali
    4.5 ★★★★ “They say that fire is nothing without the air that fuels it. You are my air, without you I would just stop. I need you, I want you and I will get better and be there for you.” Cloaked in Shadow es la novela debut de Ben Alderson. Había leído un poco de él antes en Because you love to hate me, pero con este libro creo que ha hecho un maravilloso trabajo. Al ser su primer libro, creí que encontraría muchos errores e in...
  • ancientbookbride
    actual rating: 2.7Disappointing. I've been looking forward to this book ever since it was announced but no. I'm not going to write a review on it, not going to say any more. I hope others enjoy it but I honestly didn't and won't pick up the sequel.(I should add though that despite everything, I'm glad this book had the LGBT character. As someone who's LGBT herself, I'm always hoping for more LGBT books and characters. I'm also certain Sarah J Maa...
  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    This was astonishingly beautiful!!Zacriah Trovirn has got a lot in his hands: a kingdom reigned by an elfin King who's got skeletons hiding in his closet. a prince in love with a Niraen shifter, only he isn't really a shifter at all. A friend turns into a foe and a best-friend in the shape of a moth. Zac doesn't know anymore who to trust; even his magick plays tricks on him. When bloodshed rules the land, he must find a way to protect the ones he...
  • Jo Painter
    First of all, I would just like to say a massive congratulations to Ben! 'Cloaked in Shadow' is being officially released on the 18th Dec, ( get your pre-orders in now, guys), but I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to read early and let me tell you, this will fill all the Elven voids in your life. Ben's ability to create a world of Elves where they are of all different races, shapes, sizes, personalities and strengths is what the fantasy genre ...
  • Kristofer Pidgeon
    That was awesome! I’m sad I found it so soon because now I’ll have to wait for the next book. I rarely find an authors debut book to be so good, but this one was stellar. 😍
  • Olivia
    5/5 STARS *****A beautiful fantasy story from the first person perspective of a gay, male, mysterious and magical elf! Our main character, Zacriah, is so original and complex, I have never gotten so attached to a MC so quickly. As a reader, we discover his story right along with him. By learning about his powers, meeting other elves, and discovering more about the world around him we discover as much as he does.Ben Anderson has built a wonderful ...
  • Vicky (tangledpages)
    I loved this book! A fabulous debut from Ben and such a unique story. I loved that the main character was a male as I haven’t read as many books with a male lead, plus the main character, Zac, was also gay! I really loved seeing his relationships emerge and how they changed and developed.I will be writing a full review of this on my blog (it will be up just after the 16th!), but for now I just want to say that I loved this book. It’s diverse,...
  • Peyton Reads
    3.5 StarsThis book definitely captured my attention and was a fun ride all the way through. No single page was boring in my eyes. Cloaked in Shadow being Alderson's debut has left me feeling quite impressed. The writing was pretty good though there was an awkward sentence here and there and many misspelled words. The plot was predictable at times because of some common tropes, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. It was definit...
  • Kirsty Bonnick
    So much suspense, shocking twists and sexual tension makes cloaked in shadow a must read for the YA book fans. Every chapter includes stunning imagery and characters which take you to far away lands and it feels as if you can see, touch and smell everything right there in front of you. A brilliant example of LGBT writing breaking the mold.
  • Hannah Lynch
    4.5 Stars I loved this book! So much action and magic and romance, exactly what I needed. This book was absolutely brilliant. Perfect for fans for the Grisha trilogy and Throne of Glass. Twists and turns at every page makes it impossible to put this book down. Such a cliffhanger ending, the next installment could not come sooner.
  • Len Evans Jr
    This book deserves at least 10 stars... it is the best epics fantasy novel that I have read in the last 5 years. The world-building is astounding, the characters are more real than some flesh and blood people I know. The story is on par with the writing of the very top level of epic fantasy. I cannot say enough about the journey this book took me on. I cannot wait till the second book is published, but till then I will have to reread this one at ...