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Dragon's Shadow

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“A great king looks to win the war, not merely the battle.”

Kylie has always been different from her abnormally strong anger to her gut feeling that something more out there exists. Her “visions” of another world writes her off as crazy, and she spends plenty of time in a mental hospital. But she soon comes to find out that she’s not crazy after all, and she has a twin brother in another world, a land full of magic and wonder.

The writing flows very well. I loved Kylie as a character and I especially enjoyed getting inside Jarlon’s head. The author did a phenomenal job at world-building, creating something I have never read about before.

The book ends in a way that felt unfinished, so I’m wondering if there will be a sequel to Dragon’s Shadow. Overall, I did enjoy the book, and I look forward to discovering more books from the author.
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A nice little read. Quite enjoyable, though I feel it could have been better when it came to character development. But that’s just my personal opinion… Read on!

Kylie has been miserable after the death of her mother. Her stepfather is not only mistreating her, but also makes her believe she might be clinically insane and is trying to keep her dormant. However, a series of events leads Kylie to get transported to another world. A world in which she comes from a royal bloodline. A world in which she has a twin brother – a brother prophesied to kill her. Because according to the prophecy, Kylie is the evil twin, and only her death will bring peace and safety to the world.

OK, let me just say, I liked the concept of twins that are so different from each other. Kylie is prickly, while Jarlon is calm and friendly. She’s quick to lash out, and he’s the epitome of altruism and kindness. Make no mistake, though, that only served to drive home the point of them growing up in extremely different environments. Each of them had been through different things, so they were bound to not be the same in personalities and reactions.

Speaking of environments, I so knew that Richard knew what and who Kylie was! And I was glad I was right!

The trope of this story is mainly the age-old one of “light twin VS dark twin”. And it worked out quite well in showcasing the plot. We have the Order, a group of people ADAMANT on having Jarlon kill Kylie. They’re so quick – and persistent – to burden the poor prince with the murder of his own sister, they couldn’t even bother with finding a way of saving her, instead. In their minds, Kylie had to die, and they didn’t care for any alternatives.

Thank God for Jarlon being so awesome! I loved him – practically my favorite character. (Tryffin was my second fave, obviously!) Even if everyone kept telling him to ignore the people’s troubles for the greater good, he was such a sweetheart that he still tried to fight over the smallest battle, if it just meant he would help a few others that way. Whether it was freeing slaves, showing kindness to a random thief in the woods, or protecting a sister he never even met, the guy was a true PRINCE, and bless him for that!

Kylie, on the other hand, was a bit too much for me to understand. I get she didn’t live a nice life, but there was not much development on her part, especially good growth, you know? She was just angry, and that… was sad, I suppose. not to mention how, unlike Jarlon, she felt some sort of contempt towards him, like it was his fault everything had gone poorly I guess she reminded me of a typical teenager, and sometimes I find it hard to associate with such people…

Still, I don’t think this deters from finding the author’s work admirable. I would certainly be down to read more of her work.

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***
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Kylie is a teenager who has had a rough start  out on life. She has lost her mother, separated from her twin and is bullied at school. But thank goodness for friends like Mark, who loves to be a bit more dramatic.  The only thing that Kylie has left of her mother is that of an amulet, and one strange night it sucks her and mark into a fantasy world where dragons are real and not only that but her twin brother is as well, This was a good book i would recommend it to anyone who likes dragons and fantasy.
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I enjoyed getting to know twins, Jarlon and Kylie and was fascinated by this fantasy world and the creatures that inhabit it. However, this book was easy for me to put down and was more of a "light read". I think this book would be perfect for middle/high school readers who are interested in a new fantasy story.
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I feel this book has been rushed: the plot it's flimsy and not compelling, the characters are not well developed and delineated, but the worldbuilding it's what stands out. The descriptions of different smells and colours are very innovative, but what catches the eye are the two species who live with the humans, with all the implications about race and all.
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This book was accessible and engagingly written and will be entertaining for a wide variety of readers.  Allison Morse brings creativity and imagination to this inventive story.
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Twins and a family ripped apart as toddlers and raised in two separate worlds, one filled magic and one without, when the maniacal machinations of a magical and very evil dragon pulls them back together.

Kylie, with magical ability that rivals all, was exiled by her mother to the earth realm where magic is all but gone. Her brother, Prince Jarlon, was raised in the magical realm never knowing what happened to his mother or that he had a twin. 

Little did they know that there is a prophecy that will turn their worlds upside down.

I enjoyed Dragon’s Shadow and found myself pulled into Morse’s imaginative storytelling. The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star read for me was the few inconsistencies in the plot and character’s behaviors that I just couldn’t overlook. 

Dragon’s Shadow is a great standalone teen read that I would definitely enjoy delving further into this world and these character’s lives.

I received this copy of Dragon's Shadow from The Wild Rose Press, Inc. This is my honest and voluntary review.

My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Allison Morse
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 
Publication Date: September 24, 2018
ISBN-10: 1509222383
ISBN-13: 978-1509222384
Genre: Scifi | Fantasy

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Kylie is a teenager who has lost her mother and is bullied at school. She has a friend in Mark who loves drama. Kylie was left an amulet by her mother and one night it enables her and Mark to be thrust into a fantastic world where she finds her twin with his own amulet. You will love the strange creatures she encounters and will fall for Turbo. Throw in a dragon and you have a special fantasy.
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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