Siege of Shadows

Siege of Shadows

Book - 2017 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
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After Saul reappears with an army of soldiers with Effigy-like abilities, threatening to unleash the monstrous Phantoms and bring death and destruction to the world, eighteen-year-old Maia and the other Effigies hope to defeat him by discovering the source of their power over the four classical elements, but they are betrayed by the Sect and bogged down by questions about the previous Fire Effigy's murder.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481466806
Branch Call Number: TEEN RAU
Characteristics: 441 pages.


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Oct 15, 2018

Two months after Saul’s escape, everyone is watching the Effigies’ next move. The Effigies finally track him down in the Sahara desert. Or so they thought. Instead of Saul, they found a dying boy with cylthium in his bodyー a chemical found in Effigies and phantoms, giving him Effigy-like abilities.
And with so many secrets buried within the Sect, countries are turning against them, unsure if they are able to protect everyone. Maia doesn’t trust the Sect, so she relies on the other Effigies for support, but secrets of their own threaten to tear them apart.

I really loved the world building in this novel. All the places the Effigies travel to are well described and I could imagine how the setting appeared. I especially adored that the book didn’t just take place in the US. The characters travelled to London, Russia, Prague and Canada. I think that it’s so important to be inclusive of all countries in any novel.

The second rendition of this series had a lot more mystery than the first. It was incredibly captivating and well done. With many characters having their own secrets, I never knew when they would come out and how the other characters would react. I never wanted to put the book down!

All the characters in this book are unique and were quite fleshed-out, but I would have to say my favourite character was Rhys, Maia’s love interest. He is a beautiful boy, a talented fighter, with a troubled past and a heart of gold. Now you might be thinking, where have I heard that before? But Sarah Raughley did an exceptional job of not making Rhys this cliché character. He has more feminine traits than other male characters; he isn’t afraid to cry sometimes (not that I am associating females and crying) and his past made him this fascinating character, which I couldn’t help but love.

Overall, I found that this book was stellar. I can’t wait for the third book, Legacy of Light, to be released. I will read it as soon as I get my hands on it!

Dec 21, 2017

Man that ending will leave you breathless. Need the next book soon!

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