Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Shift of Shadow and Soul by Hilary Thompson @HilaryLThompson

Shift of Shadow and Soul
SoulShifter #1
By Hilary Thompson

Publisher: Star Shadow Books
Published: May 22, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic


There are three kinds of magic in the world, and Corentine has the wrong one.

Long ago, the Restless King forced Corentine’s people into hiding as he scoured their blood for the SoulShifter. When Corentine learns she possesses some of the forbidden Shifter magic, she must hide her power or risk the same death her twin suffered.

Raised to trust no-one, she rejects the General’s son Sy, until she realizes his family secrets might be the key to unlocking hers. When his brother turns against them, they are forced to fight family to save what’s left of their home, or accept banishment to find a new future.

If Coren and Sy can’t convince their people to accept the light of Shifter magic, the growing Shadow will ruin everyone’s chance of freedom.

Travel this richly imagined world with a diverse cast that readers have compared to fantasy favorites like Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo.

Sulit Witch
Weshen Shifter
Umbren Shadow
When dark meets light, will all become Shadow?
Buy Shift of Shadow and Soul today to find out which magic will win!

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My Review:

Corentine lives in a world where the men and women are divided. The women live on an island while the men live in the city. Every year the men come to the island for the hunt. A hunt is where the men chase the women and when they catch them they spend the night together hoping to give the guy who caught them a baby.

Corentine has been taught all her life not to ever let a man a catch her. In her last year of the hunt Corentine catches the eye of the General’s first son Syanshin. As this is Sy’s last year as well the General has given him orders to catch a woman this year so he can produce an heir. Sy has never believed in the way the women are treated or in the hunts.

Coren may have just met her match when it comes to Sy. During the hunt Sy wittiness Coren using her magic; magic has been forbidden on Weshen for a long time. Coren learns later that Sy has magic of his own. If they are caught they will be banished from the island just like Coren’s little brother.

When they are outed by Sy’s brother they are determined that they will return one day to fight for the right to use their magic again and for other people with magical abilities that is being held against their will by the king himself. But before they return they have a rough journey ahead of them to put together their army and get ready for their fight against the king and his men. Come join Coren and Sy on their journey for the right to use their magic and to rescue their people.

I love the world that the author created for Shift of Shadow and Soul it was unlike any that I have read before. I am very much hooked on dystopian books at the moment and have read a lot and when I say Shift of Shadow and Soul is way different than anything I have ever read then I am saying it with experience. The writing was just awesome. The characters are just magical in and of themselves. Coren is a strong woman not only physically but mentally as well.

I did kind of have a little problem with men and women or more like boys being separated from the girls for a whole year after being introduced to them. Well not a problem per say but more like how did this happen with boys and girls too. I guess they were kept so busy with training that they didn’t have time to go hunting out of season. With saying this I still loved and enjoyed Shift of Shadow and Soul and would like to read more of Coren and Sy’s world.

I would recommend Shift of Shadow and Soul to anyone who loves a good dystopian or fantasy novel. Pick up your copy today!

Author Bio:

Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she’s made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.

Now she teaches Creative Writing, English, and AP Literature, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle.

Justice Buried (Starbright, Book One) is the first in a dystopian fantasy series incorporating mythology and astrology. The series also includes Balance Broken (Starbright Book Two), and the upcoming  Destiny Risen (Starbright, Book Three). Three novellas round out the series: Lexan’s Pledge, Stian’s Mistake, and Aitan’s Revenge.

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