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Shadow by Jenny Moss

ShadowAll Shadow wants is to run away to freedom. But alas, she does not have that luxury. Years ago, it was prophesized that the young queen Audrey would die before her sixteenth birthday, and so Shadow, an orphan girl, was given the duty of being the queen’s companion and protector. When tragedy and murder strike, Shadow is forced to flee the castle under the protection of young Sir Kenway. She does not know why she must follow the knight’s orders or where she is going, yet she continues on, determined to enjoy her freedom. But with the kingdom in shambles, secrets and conspiracies abounding in the royal court, and a mysterious force at work, Shadow finds out that she has more power to save her country than she ever thought possible.

Shadow is a lovely and thoroughly enjoyable fantasy. I just adore stories that can effectively combine palace intrigue, a quest, and some kind of supernatural element, because this combination usually leads to a fascinating story. Shadow is no different. Although it’s possible that it makes this story seem a little less original, it’s still a great read. Protagonist Shadow is a strong and stubborn girl that readers will identify with, especially during her internal struggle between her desires and her duties. There were several instances where characterization seemed a little off or certain situations were too bizarre or made no sense, but overall, the characters and plot were very well done. This is a light and fun read with a clean, sweet ending that will bring a smile to readers’ faces.

Shadow is sure to be enjoyed by fans of Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, The Keepers’ Tattoo by Gill Arbuthnott, and Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from publisher Scholastic

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