Shadow

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Adventure, romance, and magic fill this tale of a girl who longs for love and freedom, and above all, to know herself.

In a time of kings, queens, and conspiracy, it's impossible to know whom one can trust. . . .

In a kingdom far away and long ago, it was prophesied at her birth that the queen would die before her sixteenth birthday. So Shadow, an orphan girl the same age as the young queen, was given the duty to watch her every move. And as ...

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Overview


Adventure, romance, and magic fill this tale of a girl who longs for love and freedom, and above all, to know herself.

In a time of kings, queens, and conspiracy, it's impossible to know whom one can trust. . . .

In a kingdom far away and long ago, it was prophesied at her birth that the queen would die before her sixteenth birthday. So Shadow, an orphan girl the same age as the young queen, was given the duty to watch her every move. And as prophesies do tend to come true, the queen is poisoned days before her birthday. When the castle is thrown into chaos, Shadow escapes with a young knight, whom she believes was betrothed to the queen.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lucy Shall
Shadow escapes a sixteen year physical and emotional confinement as the queen's protector to discover her own royal and supernatural identities, friendship, and love. The abusive Queen Audrey is threatened by a death prophesy on her sixteenth birthday. Slowly poisoned, she dies in her sleep. Shadow flees with the dashing Sir Kenway, also assigned to protect the queen, and now charged with taking Shadow to the witch, Kendra. The quest leads to Erce, the goddess of the earth. Through a priestess and Kendra, Shadow learns that Kendra's daughter, posing as the queen, was sacrificed to protect Shadow, real daughter of the murdered king and Erce. When the conflicted Shadow, the true Queen Audrey, forgives her mother and accepts her royal and supernatural responsibilities, Erce helps her to— literally—blow away the evil regent. Shadow's emotional transformation comes with the rather rapid realization that she has always been supported by her selfish goddess mother, an emotionally distant elder advisor to the queen, a homeless boy who was a spy, and the maturing Kenway. That being royalty means trading one prison for another is briefly explored, but the queen, now settled with her newly-realized allies and her more confident, loving knight, will rule happily ever after. The romance, and predictable plot twists of this supernatural Cinderella tale target middle school and junior high girls, but Princess Ben (Houghton Mifflin, 2008/VOYA August 2008), Once Upon a Marigold (Harcourt Brace, 2002/VOYA December 2002), or Straw into Gold (Clarion, 2001/VOYA February 2002) are stronger, more thought-provoking fairy tale choices. Reviewer: Lucy Shall
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Shadow has grown up with young Queen Audrey. A prophecy at the queen's birth predicted her death before her 16th birthday, and by staying at her side constantly, Shadow is supposed to help prevent that fate. While the two girls were close when they were younger, now that they are nearly 16, Audrey criticizes and taunts Shadow, who resents her lack of freedom and identity, never having known her parents. When Audrey dies suddenly, Shadow takes advantage of the ensuing chaos to escape the palace, with the help of Sir Kenway, a knight who was a close companion of Audrey's. As Shadow travels, she discovers clues to her own identity and destiny, and she has to mature and accept the new role that is being offered to her. Moss has created a complex story full of intrigue and secrets, with Audrey's regent and advisors sometimes seen as supporting her and sometimes against her, and with a variety of factions looking for power after her death. Shadow's first-person narration captures readers' interest and pulls them into the story as they come to understand her situation along with her. Her growth in perception and understanding as she moves beyond her own self-centeredness adds to the story's depth. Fans of fairy-tale retellings like Robin McKinley's Beauty (1978) and Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (1997, both HarperCollins) will enjoy this tale's slightly more mature mix of fantasy and adventure with a touch of romance.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
Publishers Weekly
Moss (Winnie's War) slips off target with a stiff and colorless fantasy. Due to a prophecy that Queen Audrey will die before her 16th birthday, Shadow must spend her life by the vain and selfish Audrey's side, though she's not exactly sure why (“My role.... was established long ago and no one dared question it now”). When Audrey is poisoned shortly before the fated birthday, Shadow is swept into hiding by the queen's suitor, Sir Kenway. Kenway reveals he's been sworn to keep Shadow safe and bring her to a witch in the mountains. Shadow discovers that the regent, the queen's cousin, is corrupt, and the country is slowly dying because the resident nature spirit is in mourning; naturally, Shadow is the only one who can solve both of these problems. Although the basic story has promise and some interesting mystical elements, the characters are flat and unsympathetic, and the romantic pair have scant chemistry. Shadow is passive, selfish, and apathetic throughout the story, distancing readers from what could have been a transformative journey of forgiveness and redemption. Ages 10-18. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
The common fantasy themes of hidden royal identity and reluctance to be a monarch are distinguished here with a grimly resolute protagonist defined by deep-rooted pragmatism and plagued by persistent doubt and desperation for freedom. Named only Shadow and treated as such, this 15-year-old spends every moment at Queen Audrey's side, stuck claustrophobically inside the castle, charged with the amorphous task of heading off the Queen's foretold death. Queen and handmaidens slap her around; others barely see her. But if she's only a shadow, why does a knight spirit her out of the castle when the Queen's death occurs and murderous chaos erupts? Neither Shadow nor knight know the answer, as they journey from castle to town to mountain, and each keeps confused secrets, stuck in distrust. Magic, wary romance and an unexpectedly vital old religion gracefully emerge and coalesce to solve all the mysteries, from the kingdom's history to Shadow's personal grief. Shadow's first-person voice is formal and sometimes lofty, matching her insistent defensiveness, and her mettle is unromanticized in this understatedly meaningful almost-fairy tale. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545036412
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,431,665
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Jenny Moss is a former NASA engineer who secretly wrote at night. She earned a master’s degree in literature, a job as an adjunct writing instructor, and is now a full-time writer. SHADOW is her second book. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her family.
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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    Castles, Queens and Intrigue!

    Shadow's life is unbearable. Shut away from the sky, she spends her days in the chambers of a cruel and petulant young queen. She has no past, and only a small hope for the future. But...don't your favorite fairy tales always start in a place of very little hope?

    Moss spins her premise beautifully. Her writing is tight, her plot twists worthy of the darkest royal court, and her heroine conflicted and believable.

    The result is a thoroughly enjoyable escape into adventure, self discovery, and romance!

    Kersten Hamilton

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    A magical fairytale adventure for all ages.

    My thoughts...I adored this story. The story has a fairytale feel, complete with a queen, a knight, beautiful castles, and silk dresses. However, it surprised me with a dark side full of dungeons, dark secrets, betrayals and lies. The heroine Shadow, is just that, a Shadow to the beautiful queen. Queen Audrey treats Shadow very poorly, as do her ladies. Despite her situation, Shadow keeps her head held high and demands respect, even though it usually results in her punishment. Her character grew significantly as the book progressed. She became more bold and determined. Moss did a brilliant job of telling the story from the heroine's point of view, I got a really good sense of her character.

    The plot of the story flowed very smoothly and I had a very hard time putting it down. Although it is geared to very YA (ages 10 and up), I think readers of any age would find it enjoyable. The plot held mystery, a bit of romance, midieval action complete with swords, and magic. Moss did a very good job capturing that time period. The descriptions of the lands, the dialect and customs displayed by the characters allowed me to be part of their world. It was very well written.

    The cons...I am very hard-pressed to say anything negative about this book. Some readers may be able to predict the ending of the story, but if you are a fan of this type of fairy tale story, you won't mind a bit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Great Book

    This book is very exiting and well written. Five stars from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Pls read

    This book is so good i luv it.? O does anyone no how to put ur name where it say anoymus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Lovely.

    This is a great book, amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    ..........

    I got this book because of all of the good reviews but i have to say that it didnt live up to my expectations. To me it seemed rushed. One thing just happened after another which left me in the dust trying to figure out what happened. Also it was just too confusing with all of the chataters keeping secerts. However despite my review you may like it but my advice is to actally read the sample before rushing into it like I did or it will be a waste if money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Loved it

    I first read the book in school then i read it on my nook and i was like wow i can't believe how much i missed the first time i read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Opps

    Not good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    10 stars!!!!!!""

    This book was great. It has a twist in the end i was so stunned but i will not give it away. At some points i did nit like Sir Kenway but thought Ingen, Roe, Rowe, and Piers were very goid characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    I love this book

    Ive awlys love books like this if you havent read it you should

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Shadowclan territory

    Stay off

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Awesome book for most ages

    This is am amazing book filled with action, adventure, a dash of comedy, and romance. It is a wonderful adventure and i would recommend this book for people 10+ because some parts can be a little scary or gruesome. Other than that i would recommend this to everyone who believes they are mature enough to handle a few parts which are a little scary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    <3 luv it!

    I already have the book, but i had to write... i absolutly adore the book!i finished it for the second time. A little predictable at times but definetly a great read. The kind of book you start at night for just a chapter but end up most of the night reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    A wonderful book

    Perfect for light reading-interesting and is just a great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    This book

    I have read this book before. I suggest if you like romance, adventure, and more, I would read it!




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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Look here!!!

    This book was the best!!! I could'nt put it down, I can not wait to buy it!

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Awesome book!

    This book is a really good book. It has many different features. This book would be great for people who like suspense,kings,queens, sword fighting,mystery, and romance. This book has it all. I couldnt put this book down. I will definatley read this over and over.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Loved it but...

    I absolutely loved this book but they should change the cover because it looks boring.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Good quick read

    Shadow by Jenny Moss reminded me alot of Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta Shadow just not as complex as Finnikin of the Rock. It was cute though. I found myself smiling whenever Shadow & Sir Kenway had one of their moments. There was not alot of action but thats ok I don't really think the book needed it. I do think the main "twist" is the most obvious thing but there are things that are a surprise to learn. I still had alot of questions that I wish Shadow would have asked but nothing so important that I felt the book could not end without the answers. It is a very cute quick read!

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    Ok, but...

    I was expecting a lot more from this book, based on the synopsis. More adventure and even more intrigue. But I was sadly disappointed, the book was confusing and I really did not understand what was going on until like 40 pages into the book.

    Ok, so it was not all bad, once I got into it, it was pretty good, but a little boring. I felt like the plot kept jumping around, and that the characters were disconnected. And while the ending was complete I wish it had been more spontaneous. I have to say the ending of the book was my favorite part of the book.

    Shadow was an interesting character who was just trying to find herself. I wish the rest of the book could have been as interesting as her. I do have to say that, it was an interesting premise, I just wish it had been executed in a different way.

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