Title: Shadow’s Hand (The Shadow’s Creed Saga)
Author: Noelle Nichols
Genre: Coming of Age/Fantasy/Sword & Magic
Book blurb: I used to believe our morals were absolute.
I no longer am certain.
Imposters pose as our Shadow group, spreading panic and killing innocents across the lands. These False Shadows wield a magic in its infancy, a power they call the Skills. There’s great potential to this power, but a menacing undertone taints those who wield it. Their intentions are sinister, without purpose, and their morals, questionable.
I am Kilo, a Shadow of Vaiyene, and I vow to put an end to the False Shadows. My friends have been slain. My homeland, threatened. These imposters know our weakness. They’re using our moral against us. I fear before the end, I may have to forsake myself. Despite this, I must persist and find a way to return peace to the lands. I am the strength our people need.
I am Shenrae, one of the next generation of Shadows, and I vow to become strong. My comrades doubt me, though I don’t blame them. I’ve no talent for battle. However, I can’t give up. My parents were killed by the False Shadows, and I will not leave my brother to and friends to face them alone.
This is no longer the world my parents knew. A change is coming, and soon I will no longer be able to hide behind the Phantom’s strength. I must be diligent in my training, or I will lose all I have left.
Shadow’s Hand is the first book in a heroic epic fantasy, inspired by Japan’s samurai and their warrior code Bushido. It’s a story about the makings of a hero and the hero’s sacrifice, told from two characters in different stages of their life. If you like characters with strong morals, fast-paced epic storytelling and exploring magic’s morality, you’ll love the Kiriku: Land of Hope Trilogy. Pick up a copy today and join Kilo and Shenrae on their heart-twisting journey to restore peace
Review: I received a free copy of the eBook in exchange for an honest and true review.
There are a good number of battle scenes. They were well written, and I enjoyed them. Battles. “Ninja” like characters….come on! Who doesn’t love those?!
The characters are interesting.
There were a few times when my attention wavered, so I had to reread those paragraphs. These instances didn’t stop me from finishing the book. But
I'll reread this book when the second book comes out. I will read the next book. Overall, I enjoyed the story, and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves ancient cultures and magic. I mean…come on…who doesn’t enjoy all that?
I proudly give the cover an A. The image is very appealing. The colors were a good choice. The cover is what pulled me in the first place. So, when I saw that the cover is the first thing that grabs a reader, it is true. We all judge books by their cover. Whether or not we allow that judgement to persuade us or not is up to the reader, but let’s be honest. We all do it.
I would give this novel a 4.5/5.0.