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Shade & Sorceress (The Last Days of Tian Di #1)

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Eliza knows for certain what she isn't: the powerful sorceress the learned Mancers think her to be. Or is she? Eliza is stunned to learn her father has been keeping important secrets. Her mother's death wasn't from pneumonia, but the death of all great Shang Sorceresses: killed in battle against evil forces. Even so, Eliza's lessons with the Mancers at their citadel show ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Coteau Books (first published July 24th 2012)
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Maureen Ulrich
Apr 16, 2013 Maureen Ulrich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catherine Egan and I are reviewing each other’s books. She feels a bit like a fish out of water reviewing girls’ hockey, and I feel much the same with fantasy. It is not a genre I read much of – although I have read Tolkien, CS Lewis, JK Rowling, and others.

What I dislike in some fantasy books is the sudden procurement or appearance of a magical something or other than can do whatever is necessary at the moment. I am a disenfranchised fan of the television series Once Upon a Time. Halfway throug
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Regine Haensel
Aug 29, 2014 Regine Haensel rated it liked it
The Mancers, ancient scholars, magicians and mystical protectors, have come looking for Eliza Tok. Long ago, the Mancers separated the One World, Tian Di, into two, for the protection of humans. Eliza’s world is Di Shang, and the other world is Tian Xia. The Mancers want to bring Eliza to their Citadel to begin teaching her to become a sorceress like her dead mother, and help guard the Crossings between the worlds. But Eliza shows no signs of magical abilities and all she wants is to go home to ...more
C.G.
I should preface this review by saying that the book was written by a friend of mine, any of whose writing I have enjoyed and admired so I was expecting great things from this novel - and I was not disappointed. I would really rate this a 4.5 because it had everything I'm looking for in a YA fantasy. There was a young female protagonist who was not perfect, a best friend, a new friend that she defended even after certain events happened, love for her parents, but still not a perfect child. There ...more
C.G.
I should preface this review by saying that the book was written by a friend of mine, any of whose writing I have enjoyed and admired so I was expecting great things from this novel - and I was not disappointed. I would really rate this a 4.5 because it had everything I'm looking for in a YA fantasy. There was a young female protagonist who was not perfect, a best friend, a new friend that she defended even after certain events happened, love for her parents, but still not a perfect child. There ...more
Lilibeth
Jul 02, 2013 Lilibeth rated it really liked it
This is probably (?) the first YA fantasy I've read and I am so glad that the author sent me a copy of this book! Thanks Ms. Catherine!

The story is fast-paced, which I so love, because I kept on reading w/o getting bored. There are some parts though that have a LOT of adjectives which almost made me skip the whole paragraph. hehe.

Anyway, I love the protagonist because she is brave and would do everything for her love ones---even those who were once her enemy. I also like Nia even if she's evil.
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Hanna
May 18, 2014 Hanna rated it liked it
A lovely start to a YA fantasy trilogy. The pacing is very well done; I didn't feel dragged down or lost at any point. The worlds are intriguing, though I did feel a little lost in Tian Xia at times. I was also a little thrown off by the mixture of Celtic and eastern mythology presented. There are faeries, but the magical world is named Tian Xia.

I also want to note that this book has a young woman of colour as the main character, and most other humans are of non-white ethnicity. Bravo!
Amy
Jul 17, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
As far as fantasy goes, this wasn't too heavy with it. I'm not a big fantasy reader though. It was fun, well paced and wrapped up nicely even though you know there's two more books :)
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Fun easy read I'm excited to read the next one
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My superpowers: high-kicking, list-making, simultaneously holding two opposing opinions
My weaknesses: fear of flying, excessive list-making, lame-ass mortality
My allies: The Canadian Mounties, my made-for-walking-in black boots, Mick, the English Language
My enemies: decaf, low blood sugar, the passage of time
My mission: the coexistence of ambivalence and joy.
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