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Now seventeen and intent on vengeance, Edwin runs away from home to join the Orescan Army. Soon, he finds himself a Probationary Recruit, not in the Army, but in the Special Air Corps. Through a combination of natural and technologically enhanced gifts, this elite and secretive organization battles ...
Now seventeen and intent on vengeance, Edwin runs away from home to join the Orescan Army. Soon, he finds himself a Probationary Recruit, not in the Army, but in the Special Air Corps. Through a combination of natural and technologically enhanced gifts, this elite and secretive organization battles the Verackans from the shadows.
As Edwin explores the full potential of his gift, a new objective begins to take hold. . . ending the Verackan threat for all time.
Posted January 12, 2014
(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I felt that this book was a particularly easy, quick read with two main characters who were fairly interesting and likable. However, I'm afraid I can't quite give this book four stars.
Apart from a few exceptions, I did feel that a lot of the characters weren't really explored as much as they could have been. Almost all of the recruits working alongside Edwin weren't detailed enough - I struggled even to relate to Turner and Tully. By the end of the book, I didn't know them well enough to be worried about them, or to see one of the situations coming (though I wasn't actually surprised by one of the events).
I did like Edwin's character. He was well-written and I felt that he had to face realistic consequences for leaving home, which made him much more interesting as a character. I have to say, though, I didn't quite find how skilled he became so quickly very believable. Whether or not he had enhancements, it still didn't really enable my suspension of disbelief.
I did feel that the book really pulled my attention in during the mission scene at the end. It was a good way of showing off how Edwin had gained in skill, as well as how he handled himself in dangerous situations. However (and I noticed this a few times), the story did suddenly skip to the mission, without any explanation as to how Edwin and the others were picked and why. For a lot of the book, I felt that long periods of time were skipped over, which left me feeling I was missing a lot of the character development that could have gone on.
I did like the friendship between Peggy and Edwin, but I was a bit disappointed that there seemed to be a romance blossoming. However, I was pleased to see that there wasn't any insta!love going on. I would have liked to see more than just that short scene towards the end of the book to give me more of a background to the bad guys - and I was a bit disappointed about how easy Edwin found it to make the choice he did.
I do have the second book on my Kindle and I will be reading it - not next, but after the following book I've got lined up.
Posted March 27, 2013
I quite enjoyed this book. I liked the setting, the characters, but I especially loved Edwin's ability. It fascinated me to no end. The author described it very well, allowing the reader to visualize it easily. I do wish there was a bit more physical description, world building, and more back story as to why there was a war, but considering how one of the last chapters reads, I'm sure future books will expand on that. Though for most of the book things aren't very suspenseful for a city being at war, it's understandable since Edwin was in training. The last third of the novel makes up for it, showing this series' potential.
My only real complaint is the cover. Many people might pass this by based on looks alone. This book deserves a great, eye-catching doorway to Edwin's world. If the author would consider investing in one, I believe more people would be drawn to this intriguing story.
I eagerly look forward to Edwin's future missions and where his gift takes him.
Posted March 26, 2013
Shadows of Valor is a quick read that has some wonderful elements to it. I particularly enjoyed Edwin’s journey as he discovered the extent of his abilities. The author did a great job describing his abilities and it was easy to visualize how he was using them. The last 60 pages of the book were the most exciting and got me excited for the next book. I really liked the relationship between Peggy and Edwin. I thought it was realistic in nature and it was refreshing to read a book with no romance. I am interested to see where their friendship stands in the next book.
There were a few things that hindered my ability to really delve into Edwin’s world. The first was that the conflict between the Orescans and the Verackans was never really explained. Some background on how the war started at the beginning of the novel would have help set up Edwin’s time with the Orescan Army. The other was that I found myself wanting more details in descriptions of people in the beginning of the novel. It would have made it easier to visualize them. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I can see myself reading the sequel.
*I receive this book from the author in return for my honest review.