Shadowed Time


Not for me 😔

This book felt like it was meant to be set in a different time period and it just... didn't work.

*deep sigh*

Okay. I don't know if this was just a case of not realizing what I was jumping into, but this book just did not work for me. The synopsis definitely pulled me in because I love a good struggle between good and evil. But as I began reading, I began to feel that something was... off.

Let's start with the characters. I feel like they weren't developed at all. They were all very one-dimensional and kind of dull. It made it very hard to connect to not only the characters, but the story, as well. I just wasn't invested in their struggles. I think part of this is that this is a shorter book so we don't get that time to really know the characters. But the fact that they all began speaking like they were extras in a Lord of the Rings movie certainly didn't help. I mean, if they had *always* spoken that way, it would have been a little less jarring, but it just slowly developed as we got deeper into the story. Which... maybe that has something to do with the plot? If it is, it just came off as strange.

As for the plot, it felt both rushed and like a complete slog. Rushed because, again, it's a short book, and a slog because, honestly, not much happens. There are random spurts of action but, for the most part, we're just watching Phoenix and his friends travel towards their ultimate destination. I will say that the bits of action we *do* get are pretty thrilling. They were definitely my favorite parts of the book! But, unfortunately, they weren't enough to make me enjoy this book. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if it weren't framed in such a contemporary setting. I mean, when you have a posse of horses with the most high fantasy sounding names on the planet carrying our heroes towards... Pikes Peak in modern day Colorado? It just didn't work for me. I will say the ending did grab my attention, but the rest of the book wasn't worth the payoff.

In the end, this was a high fantasy epic that tried to fit itself into a short novel set in Clearview, Colorado. And it just fell flat.

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Hello! I'm Kerri, a 37 y/o lab tech, mom, and self-proclaimed book nerd. When I'm not working or hanging out with the family, I can be found with my nose in a book. The bookworm bit me when I was a kid and I've been in love with the written word ever since! My go to genres are fantasy and sci-fi.

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About the author

Born in 1998 and once a resident of California, Robert Scheck currently lives in Colorado, under the shadows of the watchful eyes of the Rocky Mountains. He considers the following fact dear to his heart: behind every author, there resides a mighty force of loyal readers. view profile

Published on May 20, 2020

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50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Fantasy

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