Shadowborn (Light & Shadow, Book 1)

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The Duke of Voltur has schemed for years to become the power behind the throne of Heddred, using his niece Miriel as a pawn to secure the King's heart. To this end, he has chosen Catwin, an orphan girl, to become Miriel's Shadow: spy, assassin, and bodyguard. Thrown together by the ambitions of a ruthless man, Catwin and Miriel must learn quickly to survive in a Court that wants them both dead... More
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Words: 107,930
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301675890
About Moira Katson

Moira Katson is an indie author living in the oft-frigid wastes of the American midwest. As a transplant, she is learning to love hot dish, fried food on a stick, ice fishing, and the hilarious faces her friends make when she posts about winter temperatures. Her less geeky interests include running, STRONG coffee, and cooking; her more geeky interests include gaming, voracious reading, and, of course, writing science fiction and fantasy novels!

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Review by: jessikaye911 on Dec. 29, 2014 :
Very intriguing read. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
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Review by: Keith Hall on Sep. 16, 2014 :
really enjoyable read, with well developed characters and court intrigue :) highly recommend
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Review by: Ari H on March 11, 2014 :
A well written, medieval fantasy that focuses on Catwin, a young shadow (that is bodyguard, assassin and spy) in training. Catwin is a peasant who comes to the attention of her Duke after trying to steal the dagger of the Duke's shadow (not the smartest thing in the world). She is given a task, learn to be a shadow, protect the Duke's niece and heir, Mirel, from the Duke's enemies. Catwin and Mirel become the Duke's tools in his plans to keep power. Both Catwin and Mirel struggle to hold onto their ideals and their lives in the king's court, where everyone is their enemy, especially the Duke.

There is very little action. The strength of this book is characterization of Catwin and Mirel, and the relationship between the two. They never quite become friends, but progress from enemies to allies as the story unfolds. Also, the layers of intrigue at court are complex and interesting.

The bad - the cliff hanger ending. This book doesn't complete so much as it simply stops, which is annoying.
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Review by: catghost on Aug. 06, 2013 :
This book was on my to-read list for a couple of months as I thought it was just another fantasy novel; was I wrong. The book is set in a non-magical world, reminiscent of medieval Europe. The story tells the story of two teenage girls trying to survive in a hostile court.

Told in the first person past perfect, the story grabbed me on the first page and kept me enthralled until the last.
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Review by: M J Porter on May 24, 2013 :
This book has been a slow burner for me. I have really enjoyed knowing that when I had a spare minute I could pick it up and enjoy it. I will be reading the next one (and probably the third part as well) because I am intrigued by the relationship between the two girls.
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Review by: Emmelina Audigier on April 18, 2013 :
I started this book this morning as a way to fill in some time but ended up finishing it al in one go. (Much to my pups disgust - her walkie was delayed because of it) I'm now looking forwards to reading the next instalment. There were a few lines that jarred a little as I was reading but not enough to spoil my enjoyment and I was certainly swept away with sympathy for both the girls.
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Review by: Peter Galbavy on April 16, 2013 :
I download this book just for something new to read and a few pages in I was hooked. It's very rare for me to nowadays find a new author that I just want to keep reading and reading. Well recommended.

Off to buy the trilogy.
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