Shroud

Shroud

by Yasmina Iro

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Overview

Sirix, a Dragon with a Promise to keep....Elmeye, an Enchantress with a Wrong to Right...Iasi, a werecat with a Dark secret to hide...Aailaine, the only Light in the Darkness...Aailaine's life is simple; work for the betterment of her community and take care of her aging caretaker. Although she secretly longs to leave her mountain home, she is resigned to her predictable life...until the day destiny catches up to her.Aailaine's home is suddenly under attack by the Shadows, twisted beings that prey on others. Forced to flee the safety of the mountains, Aailaine stumbles out into the world of A'sthy and starts on a journey to decide the fate of a world she barely knows.After setting Aailaine on the right path, Sirix is approached by the young enchantress Elmeye with an offer she can't refuse; a chance to ensure Aailaine's success and revenge against a mutual enemy. Bound by her promise, Sirix forms a wary alliance with the young girl, but questions the girl's ultimate goals in helping her. Meanwhile Aailaine sets out on her journey after meeting the sensual werecat Iasi, who has his own reason for helping her. He carries within him a dark secret, one that could cause him to lose himself and everything he cares about.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781986394437
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/08/2018
Series: Legends of A'sthy , #1
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

When it comes to travelling, Yasmina Iro knows a thing or two about putting on the mileage. She can often be found exploring the world, travelling to learn about new cultures and experience our beautiful planet. From her home base in the US, she enjoys creating new worlds and cultures for her readers to explore with her. When not exploring A'sthy or Earth, Yasmina can be found decorating beautiful cakes in her kitchen while caring for her blooming family.

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Shroud 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars usually I tend to lean towards more thrillers, action and suspense contemporary novels, but I was in the mood for something a little different. So even though fantasy/supernatural isn’t really my thing I decided to give “Shroud” a shot. Well, I can definitely say that a lot of people will enjoy this book! First off, the characters are super interesting and likable, strong and believable – even for being fantastical. Dwarves and people, werecat with a “Dark” side, trolls, a woman who turns into a dragon and back again, an old enchantress who looks like a very young girl… I could go on and on, but there are so many and they never get boring. We get a decent sense of who they are without their ‘personalities’ or ‘drama’ overshadowing the storyline, but just add to it. Aailaine is awesome and I liked her right off the bat, and thought Iro did great things with her character… we still see her flaws/weaknesses even though she is so strong. Makes her more real. The writing is so evocative and literary, and the shorter chapters keep you wanting to read ‘just a little more’. It takes some time to build, but we finally see what is going on in this strange world of theirs, and what they have to do – and the forces that will fight against them.... And some great action and shocking (sometimes SAD) turn of events we don’t see coming. I didn’t love the ending, only because it leaves me wondering when there will be more – hopefully soon! Recommend.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Fantastic! Wow what a ride. I liked it all, but I don’t think I stopped reading once after “Tolsan” (approx 75% mark). This is an impressive effort from author Yasmina Iro and it is quite clear that she is an author we can expect great things from. While this book wasn’t without its weak spots, as I do feel the pacing needed quickening (especially in the beginning) and an editor needed to use the red-pen over some trivial details and punctuation, there is the spark of something wonderfully inventive here (rare for this genre!) and the writing felt as natural as it did effortless, and really appropriate for Fantasy/ Action-Adventure crossover. Some very complex ideas are explored here in a way that is understandable and believable (enough) – and while at times it did border on being a little too confusing (especially with the abundance of “Eroir” the A’sthy language), we still manage to understand what is going on and appreciate the bigger picture. It’s not really that long, but it definitely has that big “epic” feel to it which I always enjoy. You really get lost on this crazy, unpredictable, alternative world for a long time and don’t really want to leave! A great read that will appeal to fans of many genres, as it encompasses so many different aspects of literature and human nature in general, not just fantasy. I do hope there is more as I want to know what is in store for Iasi and the others now!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
I was in no way prepared for how totally addicting this novel would be, and the sheer magnitude of the new world, the compelling characters, the multi plots that break the mold … I was really impressed. The way Yasmina Iro writes is captivating from the beginning and you just want to keep reading and reading and not stop. It is both descriptive and has great, authentic world building (super important for fantasy) but also is so interesting and has a hint of mystery/suspense throughout so that you aren’t bored (you can tell there’s more to the story than we know, like with The Darkness and Shadows) and these were some of the best characters from all walks of fantasy creature life! (Aia, Iasi, Sirix,Hvidr, Ouscum, etc) I was reading as fast as I could ---especially toward the end-- and even though it’s a pretty long book, I was disappointed when it was over. I wanted more!! But the ending is amazing as is the rest of the book and there are definitely some twists that we don’t see coming. It feels like this story is only just beginning, so I’m eager to see what is in store for Iasi, Aailaine and the others. All in all it exceeded my expectations on several levels and I hope to read more from Yasmina very soon! Recommend for fans of fantasy/sorcery/quest adventures.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
"Shroud” by Yasmina Iro is the first book I’ve read by this author but she is certainly an author I will be keeping an eye on. This fantasy novel is impressively conceived, yet traditional in fashion (almost feels like a ‘who’s who’ of classical fantasy characters at times, from trolls to pixie, dragons to dwarves) and I was definitely pleased with the level of character development throughout, especially with Aailaine and Iasi. The story is complex and exciting, and unpredictable enough to keep you engaged and wondering what is really going on. There are several big reveals that continue to shift the storyline in unexpected ways, something that even a jaded reader like myself can fully appreciate and still be surprised by. This is great because nothing I hate more than predictable clichés. This book had more of a ‘literary’ tone than I was expecting, and the prose is quite beautiful. I think it works well here. Some of the formatting/editing threw me, with the symbols instead of italics or quotes for thoughts/ideas, and sometimes I wasn’t clear who was speaking. Some punctuation things as well. I liked how everything came together at the end, even if a little bittersweet - looking forward to more in this series.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars this book was lots of fun to read and very descriptive. Felt like I was watching a movie at times! I think that “Shroud” by Yasmina Iro is a great book for fans of classic fantasy, action, and drama. It has some dark moments, but nothing maudlin – just raw and gritty and dirty and real. Great characters, human and non. This novel holds its own with the solid world building and plot structure, and an interesting cast and plenty of intrigue, action and danger to go around. Half the fun in reading this book is trying to figure out exactly what is going on… what it all means. This more along the lines of a ‘journey’ and ‘questing’ adventure, which are always entertaining. But there were some times where I felt it could have used some trimming down, as at times there was needless information, scenes, or too much description about mundane things – and I was definitely confused by many of the ‘foreign’ words in abundance throughout because yes there’s a translation guide at the end but that totally slows down reading. I know that lots of fantasy books have made-up languages, but I usually don’t see it so much like I did here, and literally had no idea what the words meant. So that was frustrating as well. But I feel that Yasmina Iro did a splendid job of bringing in a strong voice and making this story wholly her own, and giving it an original feel. I certainly didn’t feel like I’ve read this million times before, even if it has a somewhat familiar fantasy premise. While it takes it’s time to really develop the momentum I like for an engrossing story, it does get there and the ending will make you wish there was more! (is there??) Great action with strong myth and a dynamic cast of characters to take you along for this intense journey that is as dark and dangerous as it is magically entertaining. Recommend for ages 16+
SDecker More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed “Shroud” by author Yasmina Iro and the world she created here (A’sthy) – vivid and visionary, and with relatable characters and concepts that have standard themes that fans of the genre will recognize, yet still enjoy because of their own unique features and personalities. It did take me some time to feel settled in this book and figure out what was exactly going on with Aailaine – the prologue is enticing, but then the first 3-4 chapters seemed pretty slow and just was on the ‘setup’. Yes, the setup and backstory is interesting and I liked how Iro described things, but the hook takes a while to show itself – it was probably chapters 4 and 5 when it started to get more interesting. I like to know the goals/conflict made clear by the end of the first chapter, so I do think it could have benefitted from some tightening and increased tension sooner to really hook us in. But the narrative is lovely, descriptive and flows well. Liked the characters who came along – Hvidr, Elmeye, Sirix, and of course Iasi and his ‘issues’. So even though the beginning was a little slower than I liked, it does pick up and the story gets bigger and bigger - I was pretty surprised at some things that happened, and really never knew where the story was headed. Overall it is quite emotionally engaging and with an intelligent storyline and strong female characters and fun creatures. A nice start to a promising series. Suitable for older teens and up.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I read a lot of high fantasy and YA books, so this is a genre I’m familiar with (although with the main character Aailaine at ‘21’ I’m not sure this is exactly YA). I’d never read anything from Yasmina Iro before, but the description seemed interesting and I was intrigued with the prologue and the opening chapters, and with the creative world that our heroine Aailaine lived in, complete with dwarfs and dragons. (If it has dragons, I am always in). I’m always on the lookout for new talent, so I was curious to see how she would deliver in this one “Shroud (Legends of A’sthy Book #1)”. While it’s not perfect, Ms. Iro is unarguably a talented writer, but more than that she genuinely impressed me with the thorough world-building of this fantastical land that feels so familiar and has many of my favorite fantasy tropes, from dragons, trolls, dwarves, werecat, shifters, gnomes, gods and other supernatural elements, but still felt very unique and fresh. I liked that there wasn’t a huge, unmanageable ensemble of characters, but had a more intimate feel. I liked Sirix and Iasi a lot, and wonder what will happen with him next. A solid blend of drama, suspense, mystery, action and danger, character transformation, good vs evil (the Darkness), etc. But I did notice a few things – so many of the characters names were hard to pronounce in my mind and it became tiring – like I was always tripping over them and never sounded right in my head. Could use another pass of proofreading for punctuation and some word repetition, but nothing too awful. I did like the ending and it definitely makes you want to read the next one asap, which I hope to do as soon as it’s published! Recommend for fans of YA/adult epic fantasy.