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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Shadows Of Valor

Title: Shadows of Valor
Author: Patricia Hamill
Series: Shadows of Valor book 1
Rating: 3.5 /5

Goodreads Summary:
Four years ago, Edwin's father was slain by Verackan raiders, intent on plundering the Orescan heartland to supplement their own waning resources. 

Now seventeen and intent on vengeance, Edwin runs away from home to join the Orescan Army. Soon, he finds himself a Probationary Recruit, not in the Army, but in the Special Air Corps. Through a combination of natural and technologically enhanced gifts, this elite and secretive organization battles the Verackans from the shadows. 

As Edwin explores the full potential of his gift, a new objective begins to take hold? ending the Verackan threat for all time.

My Review:
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I read the Summary and I thought it sounded different and exciting and some parts were, but I found myself a little board at times. I thought this was  a new and different idea but I would have liked a little more info on the back round of this world and the war being fought between the two groups.
At first I thought that the story would be told entirely from Edwin's point of view, but I was pleasantly surprised to also get Peggy's point of view as well in small doses giving a few answers since she had a lot more info on SAC. I understood Edwin's need for revenge but I could not seem to become invested beyond that with him or any of the other characters, they seemed nice enough but I just could not get attached.
I found it picked up at the end and I liked how his actions sort of brought up new questions for Edwin about the war and his haste for revenge in an uncertain world. Overall this was a fast red and I felt this had so much potential and I could see the next one having a bit more excitement now that the foundation has been laid.


  1. Sounds interesting that a lady author wrote a guys POV. Not to much of that around. :) nice review

  2. Thanks for the review and for blogging it, too.

    It's definitely a challenge to write from a male perspective, Justine. One of the things I did was to keep Edwin's dialog short and to the point. Another was holding back on the emotions with him. Sure, he has them, but he doesn't show them as much as Peggy does.