Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Sensitives live, terrified, on the edge of survival in North America: mages want sensitives, but no one ever comes back to explain why. Mage society is based around owning a sensitive, who provides more power to use, as well as doing the housework and being available for transformation. But not all mages agree with the system, and not all sensitives are willing to just give up... More
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About Steph Shangraw

I write fantasy novels, often urban, frequently with alternative sexuality/gender themes. I've been writing for over two decades and have several completed novels, but have finally begun to look for more effective ways to get them into the world.

I would rather be writing than doing almost anything, except perhaps spending time with my three rescued cats. However, when not doing either, I'm generally making cat toys or doing something involving the lolanimals site I run.

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Reviews of Yin-Yang by Steph Shangraw

bsquiggle reviewed on April 5, 2017

I agree with an earlier reviewer in that the early chapters could do with tighter editing. However, the story develops extremely well and was a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting read. I feel it left the way open for a sequel, and hope it comes about.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Kelly Greene reviewed on Aug. 15, 2015

This book was incredibly well-written. The characters will all believable, the magical system and judicial system was set up well, and the plot moved at a steady pace. I absolutely loved the originality of the magic system, and it is definitely worth reading.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Arshness reviewed on May 3, 2015

TL;DR: THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. Stick with it in the beginning, and let it get going. You won't regret it!

I picked up this book on a lark when someone mentioned the author and I happened over to read their blurbs. The blurb caught my attention and the book was cheap, so I grabbed it and started reading. At first, I was a little concerned because the writing was a bit weak in the beginning and I was nervous about where the author was going with things. But I stuck with it for a short time, and it started to get increasingly better.

Throughout the book, the writing tightened up significantly, and the story was AWESOME. The characters were rich and lovable and the plot was truly intriguing! I had no idea where it was actually going to end up going by the time the real conflict started rising. It could have gone either way! It was so well done and I really enjoyed it to the last.

I think Steph Shangraw would have benefited from an editor looking over the book to tighten up the writing in the beginning as some of that nearly turned me off to it early on, but I understand that an editor isn't always possible and I'm just glad that I stuck with reading it long enough to get really hooked. Excellent. I can't believe I found a random indie book that rates a solid five stars in my very critical eye.

The only thing I really wish was different is... I wish this was a series!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
birdrdc reviewed on June 12, 2014

I found it fascinating and also could not put it down! The world of mages and sensitives came to life in my mind!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Shannon Tripp reviewed on May 27, 2014

Very well writen and compelling. Could not put it down!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

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