I feel like this is my first post in months. Today’s post is my review for the blog tour of son of shadows. Thank you to the publisher, author and Dave!
Length: 310 Pages
Publishing: 25th June 2022 (ebook), 25th July (paperback) different based on country.
From the author of the Shadowmagic trilogy.
A world of faeries, leprechauns and dragons – and magic fuelled by the blood of trees. A mystery portal to the Real World. And a pair of curious young adventurers who know they shouldn’t step through it…
Meet Fergal the Second, nicknamed ‘two’. Or ‘Doe’, in his own language. He can do magic. But, for the moment, he’s forgotten where he’s from. Or what’s happened to his blind friend Ruby. He’s actually from Tir na Nog, the enchanted world of Shadowmagic, where a new generation of the royal House of Duir are cheeking their parents, preparing for adulthood and itching to see the Real World for themselves – whatever the peril
I love Celtic mythology in books but I can never seem to find very many. It usually takes me at least 60 ish pages to really get into a book but the writing style in this one definitely hooked me from the beginning. When we are introduced to our main character he doesn’t remember anything about where his is from or who he is and I liked that in a way because i liked learning everything with him. I’m pretty sure if you read the other series then you probably know more before reading this but I liked that I got to figure out who he is at the same time he does (I hope that makes sense).
As a character, Doe is really likeable and I enjoyed his perspective. I liked his friendship with Sarah as well as his friendship with stony and Ruby who were all really great characters as well.
How magic is used in this world is so interesting. I loved the use of gold, I haven’t read a magic system like this one before and it really intrigued me. I wasn’t expecting there to be elements of court intrigue and politics, two elements I really enjoy in any fantasy and they were very well done. The jump between the past in Tir Na Nog and the present in the real world was really well done also, I find that to be quite jarring at times but I was captivated by the atmosphere of Tir Na Nog and finding out how Doe lost his memory.
Reading this book has definitely convinced me to pick up the previous series written in this world called shadowmagic and I cannot wait to continue on with this series! If you love folklore, fun and really well written fantasy, pick up this book!
Born in Philadelphia but long settled in the UK, John Lenahan is an acclaimed magician and TV performer. He fronted his own BBC2 magic series Stuff the White Rabbit, played the voice of the toaster in Red Dwarf and has appeared on a wide range of entertainment shows including TFI Friday, Comedy Café and Celebrity Squares. He is a member of the exclusive Magic Circle. He is also the author of the popular Shadowmagic trilogy, a fantasy adventure series for young adults which combines Irish folk myth with 21st-century wit. Son of Shadow takes up the story once more, following the noble houses of the magical parallel world of Tir na Nog into the next generation
Don’t forget to check out the other reviews and blogs on the tour!