A fascinating fantasy read, I enjoyed this book throughout.
Shadow has always been just that, a shadow to the young queen who is
the same age she is. She has been told to protect the queen at all
costs, so she very rarely gets to move far from the queen. And the
queen doesn't get to move because she has been told she will die before
her official coronation. So all Shadow wants to do is explore the
outside world. She cherishes moments she can spend outside, and she
also treasures moments when Sir Kenway is around even though his
attentions are toward the queen.
As the plot shifts and Shadow gets her wish to get away from the castle
but not in the way she expects. She embarks on the adventure of a
lifetime that will test her and what she thinks she wants from life.
She will have to make choices on whether to put herself or others first.
It's a wonderful coming of age tale about wishing for one thing all of
your life and then when you receive it, you have decisions to make and
it's not all you made it out to be. Shadow has to grow up suddenly and
has many decisions before her. I found her character fascinating but
sometimes frustrating, but when I thought about it she acted like a
child at times because she was a child. So her character was actually
very well done.
The plot is mesmerizing. I read this book quickly because I couldn't
wait to find out what happened next. The supporting characters were
also very intriguing and added a lot to the story.
Shadow is a wonderful young adult read, full of a beautiful land,
interesting characters and an amazing plot.