Jane V. Blanchard
on Dec. 18, 2016 :
I love, love, love this story! The characters and dialog are believable. The action is swift. The story flows unimpededly between Auren's first-person POV and that of other characters.
The storyline is episodic and this book contains the first six episodes. Shadow Stalker is so compelling that after finishing the book, I immediately bought the sequel.
If you like fantasy or paranormal thrillers, I highly recommend Shadow Stalker by Renee Scattergood.
(The author assures me that the book is being revised to correct spelling and grammar. Once that is completed, I will revise my rating to 5 stars.)
(review of free book)
on Oct. 7, 2016 :
The debut novel by Australian Renee Scattergood, Shadow Stalker Part I (Episodes 1-6) is also the first book in the Shadow Stalker young adult paranormal fantasy series. It tells the story of teenager Auren, who is raised by her somewhat mysterious uncle Kado and who discovers that she is not only a shadow stalker (people with uncommon paranormal abilities) but also marked for death by an evil foreign emperor.
While the book shares several characteristics with similar tales of children who learn that they have unknown special abilities, what makes this series special are (1) the author has created an interesting world with its own geography and cultures and (2) the concept of shadow stalkers is both interesting and innovative (no spoilers so I won’t tell you how). This book is thus much more than your typical high school heroine with her standard group of friends. The main characters are interesting and well-developed, the pacing keeps the action going, and the prose descriptions bring the setting vividly to life. I also very much liked the idea of the self-fulfilling prophesy and the risk it poses to the characters and their world. Now that I have finished the first book, I definitely look forward to reading the second book and will be following this author as the series progresses. Recommended.
P.S. As of the writing of this review, the ebook is a free download. Enjoy!
(review of free book)
D. B. Mauldin
on Jan. 9, 2016 :
Shadow Stalker, Part One (Episodes 1 – 6)
Author, Renee Scattergood
Author, Renee Scattergood, has written a gripping tale of one girl’s journey to grow up when there are those around her who wish her harm, even death. Shadow Stalker, Part One (Episodes 1 – 6) held me captive from the first words to the last.
The episodes are jammed pack with action; there is hardly a moment to catch a breath. Needless to say, I couldn’t stop reading, always wanting to know what was going to happen next. The Episodes include anger, fear, grief, happy moments, laughter, love, tears, training, and traveling. I was right there laughing and crying along with Auren.
This is a must read for fantasy and science fiction lovers. I give it Five Stars!
***** Five Stars
(review of free book)
on April 26, 2015 :
Renee Scattergood has created a young adult fantasy novel, The Shadow Stalker, which effectively appeals to her core audience without insulting their intelligence nor overwhelming them without too much detail as well as avoiding slow pacing. Yet, readers of all ages will find much to keep them interested as well. From the very opening of the first chapter, we take a wild ride with Auren and her friends who sneak out of their parents’ home for an adventure. But that is only the beginning for Auren.
Scattergood’s first strength is her clear, direct, and involving prose that takes one along for the ride feeling everything her central character, Auren, experiences and thinks. She renders the world of the Serpent Isles and the Dark Isle with only a few words which, somehow, creates itself in the reader’s own imagination. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I found that not only the clever use of the shadow world intrigued me, but the pacing of the dialogue kept the story moving while revealing more about the characters and the truth of the shadow world.
You should guess by now it’s the characters that reign supreme in this story and that is Scattergood’s other strength: believable characters of realistic dimensions. It’s entertaining, and a page turner, but there is more depth here than one would expect from the “usual” high fantasy. Scattergood is part of a new movement among genre writers who believe strong stories, characters, and serious themes have as an important place in these stories as well as in “serious” literature.
Keep an eye on this writer, surely there will be more of her high quality story-telling to come!
(reviewed the day of purchase)