If you have not read Shadowborn you will want to do that before picking up this book If you have already finished Shadowborn , keep reading The writing gets better with each book by this author The characters deepen the relationships become richer the plot moves with a steady pace which, as I noted in my review of Mahalia a stand alone by this writer , is much realistic than the compressed frenzy of many fantasy books these days.I won t spoil the ending, except to say that it caught me totally by surprise and then I wondered why it did since as soon as I read it it seemed an inevitable outcome of the earlier character development.I am particularly intrigued by the depth of the characters primarily Catwin and Miriel, but to a lesser degree the King and Temar who are well rounded Both Catwin and Miriel are able to empathize periodically with others even in the midst of their own experiences They are very real, in other words neither too perfect nor completely self absorbed The girls mature toward womanhood in this volume, both chronologically and emotionally In Shadowborn , they seemed a little old for their years, but here they settle well into their mid adolescence 15 17.I am eagerly anticipating opening Shadow s End which concludes this trilogy. What a great second book I ve completely fallen in love with the characters in this trilogy Catwin and Miriel are absolutely wonderful female characters While they are certainly my favorite, I also rather enjoyed Garad, Wilhelm, and Temar All of the characters have such a realness and depth that I can t get enough of.The writing is on par with the previous book which is great in case you didn t know As the story progresses, it s evident that Moira is a skilled author.I cannot wait to read the third and final book in the trilogy.
Great pacing to follow in this second novel The plot thickens and the pace quickens After establishing her characters in Shadowborn, Katson launches her readers forward with an array of surprises With Shadowforged uncertainty at court, assassination attempts and further deception prompts the reader to deeply question alliances Will Catwin and Miriel continue to play as pawns in the Duke s game How close are we to a rebellion that will reshape the structure of their society If either of the girls are caught deviating from his plan or choose to act in accordance to their own will , how dire will the consequences be cross posted to and Barnes and Noble. 4 STARS I enjoyed better than the first Good read We continue with the saga of Catwin, girl of fate and prophecy She has been trained as Miriel s shadow and protector and after a rocky start has become her friend and ally Sometimes very slow moving, nonetheless you keep wanting , to uncover the mysteries, untangle the plots and unravel the intrigues of the court Will they survive Will they break free of the Duke s control Will Miriel attain her goal What does Catwin want What, if anything, does the prophecy mean to Catwin and Miriel On to book 3 for answers HAPPY READING Tim I was impressed by this series, the Light and Shadow trilogy, which was another one of my fabulous Bookbub bargains Er, by the way, since I talk about them so much, one might wonder if I m affiliated, but I m not Though I ve acquired enough 0.99 and free books from them, I should probably take out stock This is both a fascinating character driven and an interesting plot driven story, wrapped in an engrossing fantasy world Catwin, the main character, comes from a poor family, and until she s noticed by the Duke of Voltur, she s destined to amount to nothing but kitchen help Instead, he sees potential in her and sets to training her to be his niece Miriel s bodyguard and assassin whether she wants to or not.Her struggles with the atrocities she s forced to commit are potent and heart rending The uneasy friendship that grows from initial hatred between the two girls is well crafted They dance around one another, neither sure if the other can be trusted, but having no choice but to rely on one another.I m not going to spoiler anything from the second and third books, but I loved how the story developed The stakes continue to raise, as Miriel must do her uncle s bidding and, well, Catwin must, also.I rated the third book as four stars because I wasn t impressed with the culmination of Catwin s prophecy As a baby, her mother refused to raise her because she foretold that her daughter would be betrayed A lot of that back story made no sense, and when the betrayal comes, I can t really understand why It s almost or completely a self fulfilling prophecy, and I don t really understand why the characters involved choose their actions.Overall, I loved this series and I heartily recommend it If you enjoy fantasy, either young adult or adult, you ll enjoy the Light and Shadow trilogy Ms Katson is now on my list of Authors I Must Read More of If Ever My TBR Pile Diminishes Also posted on my blog, Magic Mayhem Book Reviews. The intrigue continuesShadowforged continues the story of Catwin and Miriel started in Shadowborn The girls have grown into young women and grown in knowledge and experience Their journey is a dark one, fraught with danger, yet they find small pieces of happiness along the way Theirs is an interesting story, well told. As I started to read this story I knew I was going to buy the complete set.and in fact, I did.The whole Light Shadow series is beautifully written I completely became immersed in the setting and really enjoyed the full emotions that characters had I was set in a medieval like setting, and that is one of my favorite period to read.The characters were absolutely well drawn and the plot was very absorbing I never thought the author wandered too far from the train of thought I found myself turning pages into the night, not wanting to put the book down.If it does hold up well after a second rating, I might find myself upping the rating, because it really was a delight to read It certainly was well worth buying and downloading it.Four stars. Lots of repetitive telling, slow going I wanted to like this second book , but the author spent a lot of time going over things from the first book and then spending a lot of time telling the reader the same stuff about the relationships between the main characters, without any interesting developments, twists or growth It was such a disappointment that I m not going to read the 3rd book unless it s free and I have nothing else to read Spoiler The fact that the main protagonist, Catwin, still bemoans having NO motivation for her actions at the end of this book is annoying and feels like the author has wasted my time Your main character shouldn t still be clueless of her own motivation at the end of the 2nd book. (Free Pdf) õ Shadowforged (Light & Shadow, #2) á With Catwin S Help, Miriel Has Captured The Heart Of The King, But Their Victory Has Come At A Cost The Suspicion And Enmity Of The Duke, And The Unrelenting Hatred Of The Court As They Recover From The Attempt On Their Lives, The Two Form A Fragile Alliance, Promising That Their First Loyalty Is To Each Other, And That Their One Goal Is To Survive But To Survive, Catwin And Miriel Need Power, And The Search For Power Of Their Own Draws Them Ever Further Into The Court And Inexorably Closer To The Throne Enemies Surround Them, Ruthless And Vengeful, And The Only Way Forward Is A Dark Path That Threatens To Sever Them From Themselves For It Is Not Only Enemies That Are A Danger Light And Shadow Now, But The Weakness Of Their Own Hearts As She Protects Them Both, Catwin Struggles Against Her Love For Temar, The Duke S Assassin To Capture The King S Heart, Miriel Must Forget Both Her Love For Wilhelm, And Her Passionate Belief In The Populist Uprising A Reckoning Is Coming, A Betrayal That Has Been In The Making For Decades, And If They Are To Survive, Both Catwin And Miriel Must Be Prepared To Give Up Everything They Hold Dear NOOOOOOOOO I had this massive review typed out and I don t know what happened to it Ugh, all the sadness Oh well, the gist of it was that I love the development of the plot, as well as Catwin and Miriel s relationship In my opinion, this book is the better of the first two because we really get a good look into some of the characters feelings and motivations Katson paces this book much better than the first one, speeding up and slowing down in the right amount to keep the reader engaged in the story I liked this book better than the first one, and am looking forward to finishing the trilogy soon