Band of Shadows is a fantasy fiction novel that will appeal to both young adults and adults. It is the first in a planned trilogy. Readers who will enjoy the book include but are not limited to young adults, adults age 18-35, women, and the readers of many series such as: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Throne of Glass, Divergent, Twilight, Game of Thrones, etc... Friendship and morality play a major thematic role in the book. Scarlet has to work on growing her confidence and inner strength, but she also has to learn to trust and rely on her friends. She has never known her family and has spent most of her childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home, so trust is a nearly foreign concept to her. Since Scarlet is uprooted from her normal life and thrust into the mystical world of Avalon, her coming of age story is quite tumultuous, both her strength and her morality will be tested time and time again. Luckily she has her friends, Stiles, Lena, and Ryker, who are a lovable mix of intelligent, loyal, and witty (often quite sarcastic) to show her the ropes. There is also an underlying theme of turning your weaknesses into your strengths. When the book begins, Scarlet is in therapy for depression and anxiety, and she views the symptoms as a weakness. But in truth, the symptoms reveal her powerful abilities, and are actually her greatest strength. The message serves to not only turn weakness into strength, but also to de-stigmatize mental illness. The novel is a work of fantasy fiction that includes fantastical powers and abilities, mystical lands, plants with hidden powers, and a battle for what is right. The book also includes an illustrated map of isle of Avalon, as well as two gorgeous interior illustrations.
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Band of Shadows: The Scarlet Onyx Saga based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Scarlet is seventeen and been in the foster system her whole life. She suffers from depression and anxiety. She also doesn’t feel like she fits in and dreams of a strange door. Once day she finds herself in front of this door and transported to Avalon. She learns that she is a Faye, a race that was nearly completely destroyed in the last war. That she is an empath which explains her depression and anxiety. Scarlet has found her way home but war is in the air and she is going to have to get some serious training in if she is going to be able to defend her new home. Thankfully she has some great friends to help catch her up. But she is going to learn that not everyone that seems helpful is good and not everyone that is bad is evil. This is an amazing first book from new author HP Waitt. I felt for Scarlet, I mean she didn’t even know her last name. But I loved how she didn’t let her problems weight her down. She used them to rise to her calling. She made mistakes, had to train, and simply had to learn the hard way. But this made me love her more. I really like how there was no romance, insta or anything else, to really distract her from what is more important. She does have some amazing friends to teach her how home is where you make it and family doesn’t mean blood only. I was sad to put this book down because I can’t wait to get into the next book to see what happens next. This is an insightful YA fantasy story that will appeal to teens and adults alike. Make sure to check out this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.