The Shadowing: Hunted

The Shadowing: Hunted

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by Adam Slater

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Once every century, the barrier between the human world and the demon realm begins to break down. Creatures gather, anxiously waiting to cross the divide, to bring death and destruction from their world to ours. This time is called The Shadowing.

Callum Scott has always known that there is a supernatural world out there—he’s seen ghosts for as long


Once every century, the barrier between the human world and the demon realm begins to break down. Creatures gather, anxiously waiting to cross the divide, to bring death and destruction from their world to ours. This time is called The Shadowing.

Callum Scott has always known that there is a supernatural world out there—he’s seen ghosts for as long as he can remember. Lately, he’s had visions of children being brutally murdered by a terrifying creature. Then the visions start coming true, and Callum realizes that he’s being hunted, too.

Driven by a dark destiny, he must stand against the demons that threaten our world.

And The Shadowing is almost here. . . .

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Callum Scott sees dead people. He has kept his "Luck"—the teen's self-described ability to see otherworldly beings and happenings—a secret from his sensible Gran and the kids at his small-town British school for as long as he can remember. But lately, he is seeing gruesome images in his dreams—the murdered, brutalized bodies of people his age. When these visions become realities, Callum learns some startling truths about his family and realizes that he himself is being hunted. In an author's note, Slater states that he possesses "an unhealthy love of horror films," and it shows—with plenty of bloodshed and ghastly imagery. This book certainly isn't for the squeamish. Well-paced scenes of nightmarish pursuit set in wooded lanes and deserted graveyards create a deliciously scary mood that is sustained from the story's outset to its suspenseful ending.—Sam Bloom, Groesbeck Branch Library, Cincinnati, OH
VOYA - Suanne Roush
Callum has always been able to see ghosts, but what used to be occasional sightings are becoming constant. He also has what he refers to as "the Luck," a sixth sense that warns him about trouble. Coming home one night, he feels as though he is being watched, hunted. He dreams that night of a gruesome murder of a teenaged boy and learns the next morning that it had happened. Thanks to a premonition, he saves a classmate, Melissa, from a bully's prank that would have been fatal. Melissa is a New Age, crystal—wearing believer in things that cannot be seen. She quickly realizes that Callum has abilities. Feeling accepted, he tells her about the dreams and about seeing the spirit of a large black dog and a teenaged boy in the graveyard of a nearby church. She tells him it is a "churchyard Grim" and encourages him to investigate further with her help. She becomes a translator between Callum, the Grim, and his master, Jacob, who informs Callum that he is a chime child, and that his growing abilities are to prepare him to fight in the upcoming Shadowing, when the boundaries of the mortal world and the netherworld are weakened. His abilities also have put him in danger from the Hunter who feeds on chime children. There is almost nonstop action from the first page and the tension builds steadily to the last. Fans of the paranormal will scoop this up and be clamoring for the sequel, including the most reluctant readers. Reviewer: Suanne Roush
Kirkus Reviews

Short and atmospheric, this first in a projected trilogy follows a boy who can see ghosts and the cruel, hungry creature that hunts him.

Callum lives in a cottage with his no-nonsense Gran in Nether Marlock, a mostly abandoned village separated from the small English town of Marlock by a deep, dark Wood. He has always been able to see ghosts, but as the story opens, Callum senses a more sinister presence. As he begins having gruesome premonitions and psychic nightmares, Callum attracts the interest of "that ridiculous New Age girl, Melissa Roper," a schoolmate with henna tattoos and protective crucifix necklaces, and the two team up to fight both mundane bullies and supernatural evil. Meanwhile, the Hunter seeks its prey, and short chapters from its point of view express both its hunger and the chilling delight it takes in hunting its victims. Though tension pervades, the plot sometimes feels bare-bones, and a few key shifts in the action happen too quickly to be entirely believed.

Reluctant readers, however, will be grateful for the low page count, and horror lovers will relish the bloody imagery and the genuine scariness. (Horror. 12 & up)

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Meet the Author

Adam Slater doesn’t scare easily, which is lucky, because his study overlooks a graveyard. He has a degree in folkore and an unhealthy love of horror films, which inspire his writing. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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Shadowing - Hunted 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first started reading this i wasnt the best but after about the thrid chapter you cant put it down!!! If you like spooky horror murder and gost stories then this is a must read!!!! It is VERY spooky and there is no dout about it its a must read
Laurie-J More than 1 year ago
This is a YA Horror and I am a mature reader - a grandma, in fact. I loved this book! Callum is an orphan who lives in a very rural area with his Gran. They are happy in their snug cottage at the edge of the Marlock Woods. For as long as he can remember, Callum has been able to see ghosts. It is bothersome to Callum who just wants to be a normal kid. He has kept this ability hidden worried that his no-nonsense Gran would not believe him - Sometimes Callum himself thinks he might be crazy. Suddenly, though, Callum is seeing and being stalked by something much worse and when his powers intensify, Callum finds out that some things are not as they seem. The author did a phenomenal job describing the small hamlet and the surrounding area. Beautiful, yet eerie; there is such an ethereal feel to the countryside, as if, like a ghost, one could just float through to a different place, another dimension. The ancient Marlock Woods seems like it marks a sort of boundary to the Netherworld. The tiny cottage, in contrast, feels like a safe fortress, standing strong, unyielding against the coming tempest. This book easily captured my imagination and held me in its thrall. The spooky story, the mystery, the atmosphere, and a handful of unusual characters all conspire to make this an auspicious beginning to what I am sure will be an amazing new series. Thanks so much to Egmont publishing and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this novella.
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Leader? I just wanted to say im finally 6 moons old and ready for a mentor. Who will it be?
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JexBall More than 1 year ago
The Shadowing (Hunted) is the first installment of a series that explores the idea of chime children: those children born during the hour of the chime that have a close tie the Netherworld. Callum, a very powerful chime child, has gone his whole life thinking that he was crazy for being able to see ghosts all around town. He never thought anything of this power until the day he was faced with the Hunter, a supernatural creature out to hunt down the chime children and keep them from thwarting the evil plans that have been prepared for the Shadowing. With the help of friends, both supernatural and human, Callum will come to learn how truly important he is in the war between the Netherworld and the earthly realm. Honestly, as I started reading this book I became very bored very fast. It started out with your typical opening horror lines of prey being stalked by the hunter, with very simplistic language and poor writing style. I don't know at what point this changed for me, but suddenly I found myself immersed in the story-line and the characters. There came a point where I didn't want to put the book down because I needed to know what happened next. Apparently, the author took a bit longer to find his stride in writing this story, but in the end he nailed it. The creatures that were in this book are not ones I hear of all too often, or ever. Creatures such as the Fetch, the Grim, Chime Children, and the Born Dead are all creatures I haven't heard of or at least not heard described in the way they were in this particular story. The authors description of the various creatures honestly had me horrified for the main character. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to stare down the fetch or be confronted by a Grim, both of which you had no idea existed or anyway to explain what they were. I look forward to reading more about Callum on his journey through the Shadowing in the sequel. The e-book gave a nice preview of whats to come, and I'm extremely excited to hear what happens. Overall: The book didn't start well for me, but ended with a bang. The characters were sound, and the creatures were very creepy. (Note to reader: This review was incredibly difficult for me to write because every other thing I typed out was a spoiler and I really don't want to give anything away.)
KSowa More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Callum Scott has always been able to see ghosts, but when the veil between the human and demon world lifts, he discovers that his destiny is to fight and protect those that are hunted. In my opinion, if you are going to write a book about demons and paranormal warfare, it has to be done in a way that avoids some of the most obvious cliches. Unfortunately, this book did not accomplish that. I found the characters to be undeveloped and two dimensional At times, the jerky style of the writing seemed like it had first been a screenplay. The story idea is a good one, but I never got attached to any of the characters and I never really felt that the action in the story was urgent enough to make you want to find out what happens next. In the end, I had to give this two stars. It just lacked the spark that usually ignites my desire read nonstop until the book has ended.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
I decided to start reading this book the night before school started. That, dear readers, was a big mistake! Not only could I not put the book down because it was so fascinating, but I was also scared out of my mind! I have not been this creeped out in a long time, and while I absolutely LOVE this novel, I do not recommend reading it right before bed. I ended up "sleeping" with the lights on, but didn't find much sleep at all, which, of course, made for an interesting school day the next morning. But aside from choosing the wrong time of day to read this novel, it is a fantastic piece! I was captivated from page one. It's a very creepy tale, and it definitely made my skin crawl on more than one occasion. I haven't read such a great ghost story in such a long time, and it was both refreshing and shocking. While there is a little bit of blood and gore, I personally think it's minimal and adds to the overall creep factor of the novel. I might not give this novel to any MG readers, but I think it is suitable for YA and above. I especially love that the chapters switched back and forth, showing the hunter at work, and then moving back to Callum as he tries to figure out what is happening around him. And, while this novel does take place in the present, it has a very archaic feel to it. Callum lives in the UK in a small town that, through the descriptions, sounds like a very small picturesque town set in its ways. I loved the imagery and archaic feel of it all and think Slater has done a beautiful job creating the setting to go along perfectly with the story. Another aspect that I really enjoyed, though I struggled with on occasion, was the slang used within the novel. As it's a British novel, some words and phrases were unfamiliar to me and I had to use context clues to figure out what the characters were talking about. I thought this was really cool and I not only got to read a fantastic horror novel, but I also learned some interesting slang (not any bad words or anything like that). Overall, I highly recommend this novel! Five stars!
surroundedbybooks More than 1 year ago
Adam Slater's The Shadowing: Hunted blends modern day with ancient legends for a horrifying tale. The Hunter is coming, and it hungers for children's eyes. Callum Scott has always been able to see ghosts, but when visions of murdered children enter his nightmares, he realizes it is just the beginning. He's being hunted too. With a school friend, a ghost with a grim, and his Gran, he must face the dark and what is out there, or it might be too late for them all. The Shadowing: Hunted narrows the fine line between the supernatural and natural worlds. The beginning horrors are a bit too quick and almost lack a terrifying impact because we hadn't gotten to know the protagonist yet, but Slater remedies this when Callum is in school and saves a fellow classmate from certain death. A sense of immediacy sets the reader on edge during the present tense Hunter scenes. The spooky atmosphere is downright creepy. I fell in love with the characters and the myths and legends Slater uses to tell his horror story. The best thing is this novel is just the beginning. The Shadowing is almost here, and I'm ready to read more. I would recommend Adam Slater's The Shadowing: Hunted on a cold autumn's evening with a cup of hot tea. The beginning may have been a tad sudden for my tastes, but keep reading. Horrors abound and the pace will keep you up at night!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
"The girl lies by the canal, her face turned upwards like a stargazer. But she will never see the stars again. Her eyes have been torn out. The rain fills the empty sockets until they brim over, spilling bloody tears down her cold, white cheeks.." Hunted is a YA paranormal horror novel. This tale is told from the point of view of fourteen year old protagonist Scott Callum. Callum has always known he was different; he lives with his Gram in a small crammed cottage, sees ghosts and has amazing luck. He views himself as an outcast because of his abilities and keeps to himself. Experiences from his elementary school days, have kept him from sharing his strange gifts with anyone. Young people are being brutally murdered by the eerie "Hunter" and messages are being left in blood all over town. Strange things begin happening to Callum, the ghosts he normally sees at the Nether Marlock Church are no longer there, and instead the town is filled with even more ghosts than usual. He senses something evil is following him. He sees a strange ghost child with a huge grizzly dog and thinks they are the evil following him. He begins having dreams and premonitions. When he has a vision or senses there is danger, his hands tingle and go numb. At school, this occurs and he saves a new age Goth girl named, Melissa from death. Callum slowly learns that this quirky girl is brave, smart and not at all afraid of the supernatural. Callum and Melissa begin to search for clues about the large dog and ghost boy he has seen. Together they learn that Callum is a chime child. This is a child born beneath a full moon between midnight on Friday and the cockcrow on Saturday. They also learn that once every century, the boundary between the demon Netherworld and the human world weaken. Creatures gather, preparing to cross over, to bring death and destruction. This time is called The Shadowing. Callum must face who he is, what is hunting him, who his friends are and whether or not he wants to save the world. The story started off slow for me, but once it took off I was completely engrossed. I loved watching Callum go from a slumped shouldered unsure teen into a more confident young man. I liked Melissa from the beginning, and wish I had been such a confident young woman in high school. The villain in this story, "the hunter", gave me goose bumps. I wanted more details of the Netherworld, and I am hoping Slater satisfies this in the next book. The book contains a preview to the second book in this trilogy entitled The Shadowing: Skinned. This reader intends to see where Adam Slater will take this story next. A special thank you to netGalley and Egmont USA for this advanced copy in exchange for my unbiased review. This book will be published on September 13, 2011.
sailaway7289 More than 1 year ago
This book was quite good - I enjoyed the supernatural aspect of it. The Hunter was also well portrayed and gave the story that creepy feeling that works its way up your spine. I was disappointed the book wasn't longer and would have liked a bit more explanation of the "netherworld" but maybe that will come in the sequel "Skinning: Reckoning #2". The story is about a young man, Cullum, who has special powers to see ghosts and other supernatural beings. He is a "chime" child which means he was born between midnight and dawn under a full moon. Chime children had the special powers Cullum did but the ones born closer to dawn were weaker than the ones born closer to midnight. Also in the story is the interesting creature "Jacob" and his "Grim". I truly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. Work was busy so I had to wait till almost 4 am to start it up again which was harder than usual. I recommend this book to anyone who likes ghost stories and the possibility of our realm being assaulted by the demons from the other side. I give it an A-.