Secrets of Neverak

Secrets of Neverak


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Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends and relying on only herself to survive. The emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.

Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504663410
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Tale of Light and Shadow Series , #2
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jacob Gowans was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater studies, and then moved to Cleveland where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and four children live in Utah, where he works as a dentist.

Shaun Grindell, actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator, was born and raised in Southampton, England. His training includes the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in London. He has been seen on stage in London and Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Old Woman1. Henry's Torment2. The Voices of the Forest3. The Hands from the Darkness4. The House of Concubines5. The Four Visions6. the Western Gate7. Precious Drops of Blood8. The Sheep's Entrails9. The Coffer and the Corpse10. The Carriage and the Smuggler11. The Tongue-Tied Storyteller12. The Roll of the Dice13. A Pampered Life14. Henry's Wager15. Maggie's Wish16. A Thief in the Night17. The Death Pact18. The Maker of Maps19. High Stakes20. A Tale of Two Emperors21. The Royal Trainer22. Vote for Matt23. Thirsty's Choice24. The Soldier and the Storyteller25. The Library of the Emperors26. Crossing the Avalon River27. To Walk the Path28. The Thirsty Thief29. The Ruby Rose30. Ruther's Efforts31. The Story of the Scar32. Lunch with Cecilia33. Teacher the Student34. The Trial at Tiller's Thain35. Changes in the House36. The Execution37. The Bounty Hunters38. The Valley of the Healer39. The Rebels of Old Avalon40. Cecilia's Mistake41. The Healer42. At the Waterfall43. The Healing Basin44. In Dangerous Waters45. The Water Rises46. A Blade in the Dark47. A Red Dawn48. The Death of the Carpenter49. One Last Roll50. The Fork in the Road51. The Night of BlessingEpilogue


  • YA fans of fantasy and adventure and romance
  • Fans of Game of Thrones

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A Tale of Light and Shadow, Book 2: Secrets of Neverak 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
The story continues-- And as the storyteller tells his tale you will find that you cannot put the book down it is so engaging you will read until the last word has been devoured -- But you are not the only one for you will also read of a scribe who is frantically trying to capture the story on paper :) Fascinating details of Isabelle and her cleansing as she awaits to be called by the Emperor--can she endure it or will she find a way to escape and who might help her as she hopes for Henry to find her? Henry is trying so hard to get to Isabelle, but one trouble after another stops his progress--can he reach her in time and who of his friends will be left to go with him? This book is SO GOOD! LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the prequel novella and first book in this series, but I can honestly say that book two, Secrets of Neverak, blew me away! I was engaged, consumed, and on the edge of my seat from the first page to the end. What would the characters do? What would happen? Would they all be safe in the end? From reading the first book, I knew that I couldn't count on everyone staying safe, so I was a little worried about where the story would lead and who would be there in the end. The journey was continuously fraught with danger. Relationships grew, developed, and changed. Hints of romance were woven throughout. Magic began to play a larger role. Definitely a story I would recommend for fantasy fans! The characters. They're still evolving. There are some secrets and feelings they hold back. They're not perfect. Sometimes they make less-than-intelligent choices and sometimes they go about good choices or actions in the wrong way. There is some heartbreak. They also have such good intentions, such loyalty and devotion, such love and good hearts. They were pretty much perfectly imperfect. I did want the main group of friends to be more wary of others and more cautious in how they acted or went about their travels. They got sloppy. but then I would remind myself that these characters believe they are somewhat safe at this point and are not soldiers (except for James who was part of the King's Guard) or trained assassins. They're regular people who fell into this crazy situation because they were loyal to each other. I did love seeing towards the end some of the characters coming into their own, to begin to gain the confidence of knowing who they are and the possibility of who they could be. The plot. As I said above, the plot kept me engaged, curious, and unsettled in not knowing what would happen. I was completely engrossed. I was invested in these characters and their story and I was in it for the long haul. The book is a little on the lengthier side, but the pages flew by. I literally read this in two days (would have been one if I hadn't had some other things to do). I loved how this didn't fall into the second-book-in-a-series syndrome. Yes, they are getting from point a to point b, but there was so much going on development-wise for the story and characters that this didn't feel like just a feeler in the series. The plot really thickens leading to subterfuge, new characters and some good action in parts. There are so many pieces and I loved seeing how they all played various roles. There are a few things still left to be uncovered and I'm looking forward to it. At the end, I wanted to immediately read book three. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a wait as it doesn't come out for another year. Content: Some mature subject matter in regards to concubines and violence, but still clean. Source: I would like to thank Shadow Mountain for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.