Shadows of Angels

Shadows of Angels

by L.G. Rollins

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ISBN-13: 9781462117468
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Shadows of Angels 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
It is a known fact that anyone caught by the brutal Forest Dwellers that lurk behind the trees and brush will never see another day. This is a truth young Aerbrin is well aware of as she has grown up in the woods with her father knowing the dangers that constantly exist in the forest. Her own mother was killed by the horrible Forest Dwellers and now those vial creatures are banging on their door looking to finish the job and kill Aerbrin and her father. As the banging increases its intensity and the door begins to give, Aerbrin’s father knows he does not have much time before the door will break down completely. Fear grips Aerbrin as each shove against the door vibrates the floorboards of their home, and she can’t help but think there is no way they will survive this, for they are simply outnumbered. With these terrible thoughts filling her head, Aerbrin’s father pulls her aside and sets a small stone in her hand and blesses her with it. He says this is a sacred and powerful Zaad Stone that was given to her mother and it was her wish that eventually it be given to Aerbrin. He then added that it was imperative that she always keep it with her and never let anyone have it, for a Zaad Stone can only be given to someone, no one can physically take it away and keep its power. Suddenly the front door comes crashing down and a string of Forest Dwellers pour into the house. In the midst of the fighting Aerbrin is knocked unconscious and the world goes black. When her eyes finally open she is first surprised to find that she is alive, as Forest Dwellers do not leave survivors when they attack. Then she immediately thinks of her father but comes to find that he died in the fighting. Even though she is overcome with grief Aerbrin knows that she cannot stay in the woods by herself, so she decides the best place to go is a city called Cuneus where an uncle, aunt and cousin of hers lives. Perhaps she can find an answer of why she was left alive while her parents were targeted to be killed. However, Aerbrin finds that she holds more power than she can imagine all in that small Zaad Stone she carries in her pocket. There was not a lack of adventure and action from the very first page of this book and I was instantly drawn in. Author L.G. Rollins did a wonderful job of moving the story from one exciting scene to the next and that had me turning pages as quickly as I could read them. I hope to get my hands on the next installment of this series as the end of this one left on such a cliff hanger that I wanted to briskly start reading about the next adventure coming up. Quill says: A wonderful fantasy and adventure novel that has suspense on every page.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Sweetwater Books for a copy of this book to review. Though I received this book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. Goodreads Teaser: After the forest dwellers destroy her home and kill her father, Aerbrin sets off on a journey to find the truth about her people, her kingdom, and the mysterious Zaad stone that contains a power she never imagined. Magic and mystery join forces in this intriguing fantasy world. Full of shifting alliances and twists you won’t see coming, it’s a can’t-miss read. As the first book in a planned trilogy the required world development and character backgrounds take place here. Though that slows the pacing of the tale somewhat, this book does pick up speed fairly early on. Aerbrin is the first protagonist we meet, but not the only main player in this story. Both her cousin Hilfawn, and the mysterious Timbrick also play large roles. While Aerbrin's tale is unwinding in one direction, both Hilfawn and Timbrick start out on separate paths that soon converge, leaving them to walk the rest of their story together. This of course means that the story is told via multiple points of view, which actually works pretty well in this case. What I enjoyed the most in this book were the characters. Some, like Aerbrin's, I was drawn to from the very beginning. She's a strong, independent female, yet we get to experience her emotions without her becoming weak or ineffectual. Meanwhile I found Hilfawn to be rather off putting initially, yet as the story progresses more of her layers are exposed, showing that she isn't the shallow ditz she comes across as. In fact it seems she plays that role because it's what's expected of her, so she takes full advantage of it. Then there's Timbrick. Of the three primary protagonists he is the one least explored, though that may simply be due to his circumstances. If there's one thing that stands out about him it would be his ability to place others before himself. As for the antagonists there are plenty to go around, and they do their job quite well. They are very easy to dislike, and so far no redeeming qualities have shown through. Yet I hold out hope that at least one will develop some qualities that make it more difficult to completely hate them, thus creating a more complex personality to wrestle with. While the arc of the story is relatively smooth, there are still spots where things either go to slowly for my taste, or things are glossed over to quickly. But as this is the first book in a trilogy I'm holding out hope that those situations will be more deeply addressed, or help clarify future points as the rest of the story unfolds. I'll admit that I wasn't sure if this was the first book in a series or intended as a stand-alone story until the very end when I read the details about the author. That made it frustrating in parts, as I simply didn't think there'd be enough time to resolve all the various plot lines; yet by the end I felt that this could have worked as a stand-alone book or as the first in a series. Had it been a single book the ending would have been weaker than it should have been, but as a series opener the story still has room to grow. It will be interesting to see if there really is enough material to get a solid trilogy out of this story, and likely one I'll be keeping an eye on.
laKa0711 More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to the trilogy. The characters, settings, and plot line are all very imaginative and creative. While I did struggle with the first few chapters of the book, in terms of figuring out all of the characters (especially their names!) and what everything in the story was (creatures, places, settings), once I got past that part, I couldn't put the book down. The book flips back and forth between the different characters and their roles in the story. They are all connected yet have their own paths to go down to reach the end goal. I liked the back and forth; I liked reading the different perspectives. There are great messages within each character and their role. I saw similarities from other books that I enjoyed growing up. Narnia, Wizard of Oz, as well as strong and courageous female lead characters. It's fantasy. It's suspense. It's imaginative. Would be a great book for readers 14 and up. Great debut series! I'm going to be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series to see where things go from here! Check out my stop on the blog tour and full review at readinglikeafool.blogspot.com !!!
liljoe43 More than 1 year ago
L. G. Rollin's amazing imagination has taken her on a dark but intriguing fantasy filled with danger for Aerbrin after her father, Gavil, sacrifices his life to save hers. Thus begins the incredible, life threatening danger that follows Aerbrin throughout the rest of the book. Unbelievable creatures, who are after a small stone that Aerbrin carries in her pocket and they are only part of the dark dangers she encounters. Vita, Hilfawn, Timbrick and Teepin seem to be her only protection against all the evil creatures that want her dead, and, believe me, there are many. Sometimes I couldn't keep up with all of them. But not only are the creatures Aerbrin's concern. There is a cursed land called Druiman and a demon, named Snugglib, who controls everything within that land. I'm not into deep, dark fantasies, but this book is well written and the author's imagination is remarkable, causing me to want to read it until the very end. I recommend this book to those of you who enjoy fantasies filled with dangerous journeys, creepy creatures, black magic, evil and good powers and continued frightening, yet intriguing events.
Mandy More than 1 year ago
Shadows of Angels is a new YA Fantasy novel by L.G. Rollins. It most definitely holds true to being a fantasy novel with plenty of legend, transformation, journeys, danger, white and black magic, and great sources of power. I didn’t realize this novel was YA until I was finished, and I will be honest, I would not recommend this book to teens. It was dark, gory, and upsetting almost the entire way through. There was very little rest from danger, fear, battles, blood, and death. There was almost no humor, and only a hint of romance. Honestly, it was almost too dark for me to take. I never had a chance to get a breath of fresh air before being sucked into the darkness again. That being said, I am sure plenty of people love novels like that. I would have liked it a lot more, though, had there been more respite and romance development. The beginning of the novel really tugged at my heart. Even though I had just been introduced to Aerbrin and her father, Gavil, I could feel their strong love for each other. I could understand the weight of her father’s sacrifice, and how she must have felt dealing with the aftermath. I was with her as she made the decision to leave home to start a new life that would be safer for her. Rollins did a wonderful job setting up the rest of the novel just in the first chapter. By the end of the third chapter, it was clear that Aerbrin’s troubles were only just beginning. There was much more danger and hatred to be encountered. I almost wanted her not to finish her carriage ride to Cuneus, knowing it would bring her pain. Soon, we get the perspectives of more and more characters, some likable, some not, and some on both extremes. Some we aren’t quite sure how to feel about. Sometimes there were so many characters and so many back stories, it was hard to keep track. It may be helpful to take notes while reading this novel. I am sure it will be worth it, especially since this is only the first novel in a series. I found myself really falling in love with certain characters, such as Hilfawn, Sir Vita, Timbrick and Teepin. They all were flawed in their own ways, and had their share of tribulation, but they all had a very special part to play in fighting evil and in working to bring the rightful king back to the throne. All of these characters, though so different, are self-sacrificing, brave, have secrets, and are quirky in their own ways. You won’t laugh or smile much in this novel because the violence, running, worrying, and bleeding is almost nonstop, but you will admire the characters and their constant efforts to do the right thing. The author was expert at painting a picture of the different beasts and demons encountered, as well as the scenes of destruction. Aerbrin for most of the novel is in a cursed land called the Druiman where a demon called Snugglib commands the elements and the monsters within. Those scenes of Aerbrin fighting for her life are expertly written, as you feel like you are fighting to survive with her. Similarly, you feel like you are there with Timbrick, Teepin and Hilfawn in their dangerous journey to search for King Sabaderios. The orchal was one of eeriest and most horrible monsters of them all. When encountering her in the book, you will subconsciously hope she doesn’t hear your thoughts or eat at your mind. Read the rest of the review here: http://www.ablisscomplete.com/expanding-my-reach/shadows-of-angels/
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
SHADOWS OF ANGELS is the first book in a new dark fantasy series. There were multiple points of view, from the orphan who is unaware of who she really is and what she holds, to a young king who looks like a lion, to a fickle young woman, a brave knight and rebel, to other companions with their own roles to play. Like any great fantasy, this book sets up the series for the future struggle of good versus evil. Good being the rightful king and those with the Zaad Stones and evil being the usurper currently ruling along with the demons and dark creatures who destroy and kill all that they can. It was an engrossing story with lots of physical and mental fighting that tested these characters. I liked that the author let the characters show their flaws and make mistakes, even falter at times. She also let them fight and succeed. Good stories are made of characters who evolve, grow, and change into something stronger and better. I was disappointed in spots, but the disappointment came from wanting these characters to not give up, to believe in themselves, and to succeed. The plot had a lot going on. The story felt driven and engaging from beginning to end. There was definitely a darkness and grit to the story with plenty of death and violence, as well as some torture. It was not pretty or necessarily enjoyable. At the same time, it allowed the characters to really struggle and fight, contrasting the good things and happy moments. I'm curious where the story will head next. I can see some budding romances and I'm curious how those will work out. Romance definitely is not the focal point of the story, but I appreciate that it looks like if there is any it will be built upon friendship and individuals having shared experiences and goals that bind them together. I'd recommend this one to those who enjoy dark fantasy and series, such as The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Content: Quite a bit of violence, but otherwise clean. Source: I would like to thank Cedar Fort for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying Rollins world that she has built is absolutely amazing. There are so many characters it was sometimes a little hard to keep track of them, so I started writing them down, and putting the connections together. It was so much fun. When something clicked I would make another note. Pretty soon I had two pages of notes on the book. There are so many twists and turns, and so many webs weaved in this book it kept me turning the pages, and left me unable to put the book down. So many characters that I liked, like Aerbin, Hilfawn, Timbrick, Lady Teepin, King Sabaderious, the Orchal, and so many more. I love the authors use of such unique names. Each character is just as unique as their names. There are demon's, bad guys, good guys, There is royalty, dark forests, magic, and beasts. The writing is beautiful, and flows really well. I was drawn in from the very beginning. Want to know about some of those characters? I know how you can do it :). Read the book. If you like fantasy you will like this book. I don't want to say too much about the characters, because the way they weave together was part of the fun of reading the book. The magic in this book revolves around something called a Zaad Stone. I wish I had one :). I love stories with magic in them. I have read quite a few of them, but it's so much fun to see how an author puts their own spin on it. I will say that the "beast" is my favorite character so far. I have many favorites but he is my "most" favorite :). From beginning to end, you will enjoy the ride that this book takes you on. You will enjoy the worlds that are built as well. It's beautiful.