Renee Scattergood is the author of the YA Fantasy series, Shadow Stalker. She lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, their daughter, Taiya, and their four fur friends. She prefers to spend her free time with her family and reading fantasy novels.
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on Sep. 27, 2014 :
This is the first time I’ve read a serial and I didn’t know what to expect. I was pulled into the story right away. The pacing was cleverly crafted so that while the action had the pages turning, there was enough back story to keep you rooted in the plot. I liked the way it unfolded, how the author allowed us to see through Auren’s eyes – a young girl testing the limits placed on her by her step-father and guardian, Kato. Their relationship is an intriguing one, full of secrets and shared respect, despite the duty they are both bound to.
Although Auren’s emotions are those of a typical teenage girl, her circumstances are not. She struggles to find her place, craving the freedom to stretch her wings, all while understanding the depth of her responsibilities. It is a compelling battle and as a reader I was easily able to identify with this internal struggle.
Auren’s world is an unfamiliar one, but with the help of some lovely descriptions I found it to be an exciting journey, one I am looking forward to continuing in episode 2.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 30, 2014 :
Shadow Stalker: The Hidden Truth is the first episode of a serialised book series.
It has a very good backstory which balances well with driving the plot forward with the events of the book.
It has diverse characters with Auren, (a typical teenager who wants to rebel against her foster father, Kado's protective grasp) Jade, (Auren's friend who has led a very sheltered life) Deaken (Auren's other friend who knows how to fight and wants to make his own decisons) and Kado (who has a duty to protect and guide Auren whatever the cost.)
I like the shamanic qualities of the Shadow Stalkers and their rulers, (of want of a better word) the Shadow People. It is good that the Shadow Stalkers are not all powerful and that delving into the shadow world holds it's own dangers.
The story has a good climatic ending which makes it obvious that it is not over and there is more instalments to come.
All in all, a great book that is definitely worth reading. I can't wait for the episodes to come.
(review of free book)