Circle of Shadows
This book review contains spoilers!
Author: Evelyn Skye
Series: Circle of Shadows
Audience: Young Adult
Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.
As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.
So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.
Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart forever.
Plot / Storyline
The book starts relaxed. We’re introduced to Sora and Daemon. They have to perform in front of the empress. We learn from it that Sora can be considered as the class clown. She and Daemon get a boring mission because of their reputation but it turns out that their mission isn’t THAT boring. During the mission they find out that someone who was assumed dead is very much alive. They report this to the council but they don’t take the two teenagers really serious. They send Taigas (warriors) to the spot where Sora and Daemon saw prince Gin. The Taiga’s report to the council that they didn’t found any trace of prince Gin and that it was probably a performance. Daemon and Sora are convinced that what they saw was real and that prince Gin used new magic that even the Tiagas aren’t familiar with. The two of them will go back to the spot and will do anything to prove that what they saw wasn’t just a performance and that prince Gin is truly alive.
Evelyn’s writing style is very easy to read. She’s descriptive but it’s not hard to understand. It was written to read it after a long day. You’ll probably read longer than with other reading styles.
Sora is considered as the class clown. She doesn’t follow the rules exactly but she makes sure that she doesn’t cross the line too much. She’s naturally talented with using magic and didn’t need much training to understand how it works and how she can use it to it fullest potential.
Daemon has the role of loyal friend. He always has Sora’s back and will help her, no matter what. The poor guy is not that good at magic and doesn’t understand why he’s a Taiga. It’s frustrating for him that he stands out so much from the others.
If you want romance then don’t pick up this book. This is focused on unbreakable bonds like friendship.
What I liked / hated the most
What I really like about this book is that it’s so easy to read multiple chapters and that it doesn’t feel dreadful. I also like that the situation doesn’t feel serious all the time and that there are enough sweet and funny moments in the book. There’s also a clear character development in the book.
I really enjoyed reading the book! My favourite is Daemon. He’s different but during the book he learns that maybe it’s not that bad after all. I can’t wait to read Cloak of Night in 2020!