Circle of Shadows (Circle of Shadows, #1) by Evelyn Skye

Circle of Shadows (Circle of Shadows, #1)

A thrilling new fantasy series full of magic and betrayal—from Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of the Crown’s Game series.Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protec...

Details Circle of Shadows (Circle of Shadows, #1)

TitleCircle of Shadows (Circle of Shadows, #1)
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Circle of Shadows (Circle of Shadows, #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January Fairyloot Box. Okay, mine was damaged but I tell all about it in the goodie link under my picture. Fairyloot is on it to replace it =) THE GOODIES LINKThank God I freaking loved it!! I loved the world, the characters, the magic, all of it!! I love Sora (Spirit) and Daemon (Wolf)! They are the best fighting couple and I have to wait FOREVER for the next book. It better be good!! On another note: Here’s the artwork of the couple that came...
  • jessica
    one step forward, two steps back - thats what happened to miss evelyn skye with the release of this book and its so unfortunate. this book reads like a first draft that hasnt seen any sort of editing or polishing. it has the promise of a great story and all the basic ideas are there, but it feels as if its been sloppily thrown together. which is not what i would expect from an author who has already written such a memorable series, one that i ado...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2 starsThis book befuddles me.Despite the fact that it is extremely dull and boring and mediocre, the cultural elements in this book confused me. A lot. I really enjoyed Skye’s debut series–The Crown’s Game–a Russian inspired fantasy with really lush storytelling and a lighter, fluffier fantasy world and story. It was full of lush descriptions and vivid imagery and maybe not as much substance as it should have had, but enough that it was ...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Work hard. Mischief harder.Sora is an 18 year old taiga apprentice. She is in her last year of school and bound to Deamon, another apprentice and her gemina, through a mental connection. Both of them have been marked by the goddess Luna to be warriors and are trained in combat with magic abilities to serve the empire. The Kingdom of Kichona has seen peace in the last decade, since the defeat of Prince Gin in the Blood Rift. Ruled by the benevolen...
  • Kerri
    official blurb TK. i loved this!
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    3.5 starsThank you to the Balzer + Bray for sending me a review copy via Edelweiss and finished copy in exchange for an honest review.This was one of my most anticipated 2019 releases, but it just wasn’t for me. Instead, it was exhausting. And also one of my biggest letdowns as of late. It started off great, then got soooo slow, then weird and unconvincing. Honestly, I’m really proud of myself for actually having finished this - I was so clos...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Circle of Shadows was an exceptional read. I loved every moment.
  • Jodi Meadows
    If you like anime, you should give this book a shot!
  • Amanda
    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... of Shadows is a book that I thought sounded interesting, but not like anything too special. Oh, was I wrong. This fantasy tale was far more captivating than I had imagined. The world building, plot and characters were all done really well, which is rare. I found this to be a pretty fun read, although a bit slow paced.Circle of ...
  • Alaina
    I feel very confused...Circle of Shadows was one of those books that I was dying to dive into. Especially with all the marketing around it. However, after finishing this audiobook.. I feel so confused about things that happened in this book.Now the book started off with a bang but then it just got boring rather quickly. Plus, this is an audio so I have no idea how I could get bored listening to a book but it became a real thing for me. I liked th...
  • Dannii Elle
    Gemina twins, Sora and Daemon, are two apprentice Tiger warriors. Sora completes all challenges set during their training with an unpractised ease and Daemon fights with a whip-sharp speed and skill, making them a deadly duo. But apparently not to those in charge.Their discovery, that the Empress'es brother has returned to retake the throne, is met with little interest. The pair decide it is up to them to infiltrate this new enemy's camp and save...
  • Sepani
    The starting was great but while reading further I felt that the same thing was repeated over and over again.But then again the world building was so good although the story began in a slow pace.The romantic side of the story was totally unexpected at the end. And there were some issues regarding the names...... Broomstick 🤣Anyway I would like to recommend to anyone who would love to read books where the main character is a teenage girl who fi...
  • - ̗̀ DANY ̖́- (danyreads)
    . : ☾⋆ — 4 ★ READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you Balzer + Bray and HarperCollins!!)Evelyn Skye can do no wrong in my eyes. bold statement, but I am here for anything and everything she has ever and will ever write, and I’m not gonna lie, I’ve felt BEYOND giddy since the day I got approved for this ARC, and I’m so thrilled and t...
  • Crescentdoe
    oof this book got mixed reviews so I thought I’d give it a shot but man did I play myselfthe characters were just so predictable, even their physical traits seemed genericSora: mischievous, blonde, effortlessly great at magic, has frecklesprince Gin: a villain, disfigured, exiled but came back to take rEvEnGeGlass Lady: stern old lady, seems to hate the kids, actually been rooting for them since the startand that love triangle? where did it com...
  • mina
    This was an ok-ish book. For the life of me I couldn’t think of the characters as 18 year olds, most of the time I thought they were around 12-15. The writing is too simplistic, maybe that was the reason I read it as a middle grade book, the premise is interesting but that too isn’t build up so the whole book felt like a first draft. I didn’t get attached to the characters and didn’t particularly care what happens to them or to the kingdo...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    2.5 Stars “The Council pressed their fists over their chests. Every single apprentice and warrior rose from their seats and followed. ‘Cloak of night. Heart of light,’ they shouted in unison. It was a pledge of love and loyalty. And it was a battle cry.” I was hoping to find a new favorite with Circle of Shadows becuase The Crown’s Game is one of my favorite books. Unfortunately, I just didn’t quite connect with the world or these c...
  • Duncan
    WARNING: SPOILERS In my opinion, this book is very interesting but it personally feels a little undeveloped/short on details about the world. For instance, the characters who wield magic are known as Taigas. These taigas have access to magic which allows them to do things such as move quicker, be silent, leap massive heights, swim faster, hold their breath longer, stick to walls. Each is named after an animal, and I was left wondering if they cou...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    This book really surprised me.  I knew it sounded good, but I'm shocked at how much I loved it.  The pacing was great and I read it way faster than most fantasies. The characters were what stood out most.  Sora (spirit) had so much strength.  She never gave up and wanted to be the best person she could be.  Her gemina, Daemon (Wolf) was so supportive of Sora.  His strength was fighting, but he wasn't very good at magic.  Daemon didn't kno...
  • Becky
    ”Try harder at school. Push yourself when you become a warrior. But more important, be the best person you can be.” This was an interesting read!I did quite enjoy it. Looking through lower rating reviews I completely see their points as well but for me and he enjoyment I had reading this I decided to give it a 4⭐It was sloppy in some places and some parts felt kinda rushed, like towards the end the wrap up of the book was pushed in the last...
  • Denia Books & Baubles
    Guys, this book was really good. I enjoyed it very much. It was very different and at least for me, I got introduced to a world I've never heard of. Circle of Shadows follows the story of the Kingdom of Kichona (I still don't know how to pronounce that). The book is written in the third person narrative and it follows a lot of characters throughout the book, which was very nice and appreciated because if you are going to write in the third perso...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    I am thinking magical ninja warriors at the moment, just that will suffice. In this world those with magic (ok this country, which is rather unfair to be honest, why just this country!?) are sent to become Taiga warriors. Trained to be the best warriors and to hone their skills, to protect country and Empress.It is very YA. It was a fun ride, yes there are things that bothered me, but sometimes the read can still be enjoyable for the moment.Like ...
  • Rendz
    *Many thanks to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC*This book was just all over the place, in my very honest, humble opinion. And frankly it did not live up to my love for Skye’s debut, The Crown’s Game. After about 50ish pages or so I started noticing that this book wasn’t really going anywhere with me, but I felt the need to push through and as aforementioned, it wasn’t worth it.This Was A MessOkay…umm how do I begin. The very first chap...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    3.5/5So this isn't as good as her Crowns Game book but it was better than the Crown's Fate.I think it struggled at the beginning and the middle it was difficult to see why this wasn't like every other YA fantasy out there but it really did hit its stride in the last 1/3 or so. I REALLY liked the ending. It was logical and not "too clean" which is something I always complain about.
  • Ricky
    Another ARC found at work, and another story greatly enjoyed.The latest from Evelyn Skye gets a lot of comparisons to the works of Leigh Bardugo and Renée Ahdieh, but I'm also going to offer up some comparison to Julie Kagawa's recent feudal Japanese-inspired dark fantasy, Shadow of the Fox. Especially since both books highlight main characters with some kind of affinity for a certain canid beast. And since both involve some seriously nasty magi...