Friday 8 February 2019

Audio: Circle of Shadows - Evelyn Skye

Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-22-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
YA Fantasy

My Thoughts
I am thinking magical ninja warriors at the moment, just that will suffice. In this world those with magic (ok this country, which is rather unfair to be honest, why just this country!?) are sent to become Taiga warriors. Trained to be the best warriors and to hone their skills, to protect country and Empress.

It is very YA. It was a fun ride, yes there are things that bothered me, but sometimes the read can still be enjoyable for the moment.

Like how the Evil Person was way too powerful. Why even have armies? That person could have the world at his/hers feet without an army. Then you are too powerful.

And how a love triangle came in at the last 30 minutes. That was very weird and I guess that will play out a role in the next book. But at the same time, why call it love triangle. These kids do not love, they are playing with lust. So eh, it works.

And how no one listened to one another. I mean if I was in charge I would put the obvious two and two together. But eh, it works, even old people can act like teens I guess.

I liked the concept of the world.
I liked the magic even if I wanted to know more how it worked, oh and the evil magic was waaaaay cooler (but yes too powerful.)

I liked the evil quest, in a adult fantasy that would have been very epic and bloody. Yes what, I missed the bloody parts. But now someone says, there was blood, ha,  no I mean gore. Byt ahem, yes this is still YA so it is obvi better like this. I would say the evil quest is the one that intrigues me the most, I kind of want evil baddie to win so I can see how it plays out. Omg I think I am rooting for evil baddie *shocked* Yup I am rooting for the evil person! How on earth did this happen?

Ok so I guess it takes writing a review 2 days later to realise that you want the bad person to win. Who would have guessed. But the quest is just so interesting! 

I am rambling. Right, Sora who should focus on her studies and stop being a fool, and Daemon her partner in magic and fighting. They are the ones that are gonna end up rescuing the world. Again, when I learned Daemon's history, well he became the more interesting story for sure.

There are more to come, but I happy to leave them like this cos then the evil person has the upper hand at the moment. Mowuahahaha, I will end it here then. No need to read more.

A fun little fantasy that you can enjoy for a moment. Just do not look to deep

I think this might have been my first by Eileen Stevens. But I enjoyed her narration and she made the book, as often is the case for me when it comes to YA. Her voice worked great for these younglings and she did male and female voices well.

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas--marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group--but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it's been difficult to make their mark.

So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora's life forever--and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she's ever loved.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them--and the entire kingdom--apart forever. 


  1. That world does sound interesting and a fun read! Soooo maybe...;)

  2. Ah but evil magic is supposed to be way cooler, temptation don't you know :)

    1. Lol, true. It's just that the magic is SO freaking powerful. The whole fighting is silly since some of them can kill by just looking

  3. Love triangle. Ugh! Glad to hear you enjoyed the fantasy world somewhat. :)

  4. 'Do not look too deep'? Not for me, I suppose.

  5. Magical ninja warriors? You've got my attention :) I think YA always tends to work better for me in audio because things that bother me aren't as obvious in this format.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. In print I would not have been this kind, nope, not at all

  6. I wonder why only one country got magic. That is a little weird. Sounds like a fun book.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart



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