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Shadow Man (Prince Andy and the Misfits #1)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Andy thought he was just an average sixteen-year-old kid...

But one day his world is completely turned upside down as he learns the unbelievable truth of his identity: he is the prince of a faraway kingdom called Filligrim in the Valley of the Misfits a magical place where pixies, elves, wizards, and dragons are just as likely to be inhabitants as humans. He was brought t

Paperback, 356 pages
Published January 4th 2010 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises
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Judi Chesshir
Prince Andy and the Misfits: Shadow Man is an imaginative tale of a 16 year old who finds out he’s not just a regular boy, but a prince from a far away land. He leaves his normal life behind and replaces it with one adventure after another while trying to save his mother, the queen. This fairytale is filled with all the wonderful creatures that children love: elves, unicorns, goblins trolls, dragons, and even newly created ones. The description of the characters will draw you in and keep you wan ...more
Steve Groll
As I was reading “Prince Andy and the Misfits: Shadow Man” by Karen Gammons, I thought to myself that I was reading a fairytale with attitude! An all American, baseball loving sixteen-year-old boy finds out that the woman he thought was his mother is actually an elf from a different world. While she lives in our world, she looks like a normal human woman. That’s not all; it is revealed to him that he is born of royalty in this other world. It is a fantastic place filled with magic, wizards, fair ...more
How do we form good character? Keeping in mind that pretending is practice for real life, books fill our minds with examples of virtue and honor. A fun book for classroom reading grades 6-10 is Prince Andy & The Misfits, wherein a 16-year old discovers he is a Prince in a magical kingdom. It is easy for the reader to place himself in the middle of the action, and yet enough twists and turns to the storyline to hold interest too. Great for older or reluctant readers, advanced younger readers, ...more
I won a copy of this book through First Reads

I'm lovin this story thus far. It's a story of inclusion. Everyone who felt excluded for some reason or another, with their own kind (say a giant who gets called 'half-pint' for example) are welcome in the Misfit Kingdom of Filligrim.

I appreciate that the author thinks outside the box and doesn't fall into the cliches about mystical creatures...who says unicorns have to be white? And she has created new mystical creatures I just love (snollygob any o
Ms. Gammons’ words may be confined to ink, paper, and binding, but they certainly did not stay confined as I began delving into her YA fantasy book! “Prince Andy and the Misfits, Shadow Man” leaps out continually with spine-tingling adventure, strange mystical beings, clandestine meetings, cryptic messages, a whodunit mystery, and a precarious dilemma. One day, sixteen year old Andy discovers his perception of all he knows is not what it seems and he isn’t who he thought he was, leading to a dis ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Becky by: I got it for Christmas
I got this book for Christmas and I truly loved this book. What a great adventure. Andy has been given the task of rescuing his mother from the goblins, finding a traitor in the Filligrim Castle, retrieving a stone of power and unmasking an evil Shadow Man. The story takes you for a ride, there are battles with large beasts, unicorns that aren't the normal color of white, and a downright nasty, slobbering creature named Snollygob. Shadow Man was a fast read. I could barely put it down. It ended ...more
Lisa Tortorello
Jan 02, 2011 Lisa Tortorello rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children and those who are children at heart
In Prince Andy and the Misfits: Shadow Man, Karen does a wonderfully picturesque job of making her readers feel that they themselves have been transported to another land. I found myself enthralled with the characters be it the elves, goblins, or myriad of others who show up throughout the story. While set in far away lands, there are some tried and true messages like good over evil, having a good heart, and most importantly that it is okay to be different...(just like the Misfits themselves); i ...more
I absolutely love a great adventure and wasn't disappointed when I read Prince Andy and the Misfits: Shadow Man. This book takes the reader on a journey of discovery with mystical creatures, magic, intrigue and honor. From one world to the next, Andy finds out what he's made of when he goes from being a baseball playing teenager, to a Prince fighting with sword and shield. Not only is this an entertaining read, but there is an overall good message about those who are seen as outcasts. The Misfit ...more
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Shadow Man (Prince Andy and the Misfits, #1) is a very interesting read. The adventure of Prince Andy and his band of Misfits is one that should energize any child's imagination. While I am a bit picky about what I read, I did enjoy the book for what it is. I will also be reading the second book to see how the story moves forward.

This book will certainly be read to any future kids that I have (provided I'm lucky enough to have some).

I bought this book online at Amazon, because I thought the cover was cool. When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I like the characters, especially Snollygob. I didn't like the fact that it had a huge cliffhanger at the end, because it just left me wanting more. I was reading on Karen Gammons website that her next book is about to be released and I'm pretty stoked about that. Can't wait to read it. I would recommend this book to all of my friends and anyone who asked me about it. It ...more
Pamela White
This was a wonderful tale! I truly enjoyed this book. Karen is a talented new author. Her characters are well developed. And the story kept me tied to the book until I finished it. I'm so intrigued and can't wait to make sure Prince Andy is going to be okay in her next book! A couple of my neices tried to take the book away from me right after I started it. They were also intrigued with what they read as well. It is a must read for a young reader or the young at heart!
This is an AWESOME BOOK!!!! I enjoyed reading this book just about as much as Harry Potter. This book is an action packed adventure full of lovable characters like a girl who can turn into a blue mist or a Killmoulis named Snollygob. It also has a bit of mystery and a huge cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more. Will Andy be alive in the next book? I would say that this book is a fun read for all Fantasy lovers and I can't wait until book 2 comes out.
Prince Andy and the Misfits: Shadow Man is a great book full of fantasy, adventure, and honor. Andy a normal 16 year old boy (or so he thought) finds himself facing the truth about himself in a world that he didn't even know was real. The more you read the more you get drawn into the adventure that is becoming Andy's life. Can't wait to get started on the second book!
Betty Yates
Prince Andy and the Misfits was a very good book! Mystery, puzzles,traitors are just a few things that drew me in. I love fantasy so any book with dragons, goblins, dwarves, elves and fairies are right up my alley and this book had it all, with a huge cliffhanger at the end. I recommend this book for all ages. Read both books in one week. Can't wait to read book 3.
Brandi Clay
I love this book!! My mother-in-law gave Prince Andy and the Misfits to my daughter as a birthday gift,and I decided to read a few pages and was totally sucked in to the wonderful world of misfits!!!We both can not wait for the sequel. Karen Gammons is a terrific writer and has a phenomenal imagination! Awesome Book!!
Linda Lowry
Karen is a great author with a great imagination. I love the book. I have story time with my 10 year old son using this book. He often laughs at some of the attitude in this book and the thumping of heads. lol This is a must read. Great job Karen can't wait for the rest of the series. ~Blessings~
Troll, goblins, dryads, fairies, this book has an interesting variety of character and enough action, adventure, and mystery to keep a young reader's interest.
Jeannie Faulkner Barber
Karen Gammon, a Texas author and friend, is a fantastic writer. She weaves her magic on the pages and keeps you wanting more. Great work!
Mar 14, 2011 Caleb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Caleb by: a friend
I thought this was an awesome book. Karen Gammons imagination is wonderful. I recommend this book for all ages.
Summer Lewis
Great book. Lots of action and adventure.
Awesome book. A real adventure!
Jul 15, 2012 Deb rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
If 12 year old me was reading this book, then she would definitely love it. However, I'm 23 and have sadly, become somewhat of a book snob. Don't get me wrong. I love children's books and YA; I just couldn't get myself to really love Prince Andy and the Shadow Man. Which is fine really cause the story itself was engaging enough, but the characters were sort of...poorly....written. Characterization wasn't really apparent and the dialogue was really stiff. I know that the book is geared towards yo ...more
Juls Duncan
Karen Gammons has out done herself with Shadow Man, Valley of the Misfits, Book One. This is a great read for people of all ages. Andy seems to be nothing more than an average teen, but in no time at all, you find out he's the prince of a faraway kingdom called Filligrim. Prince Andy and the Misfits is a delightful adventure story that leaps off the page. I found the book to be well written, full of page turning flow where Andy takes you along for a roller coaster ride of adventure that you won' ...more
A fun fantasy story filled with trolls, goblins, fairies, dryads and all sorts of fantastical creatures. I found the writing itself a bit mediocre, but I think kids will be attracted to the characters and the fast-paced story.
Gabby Adams
Excellent book. Loved it.
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Karen Gammons lives in Northeast Texas with her wonderful husband Troy, and their three children, who are inspirations for some of the characters in her books. Three cats (Zelda, L.K., and Midnight), complete the Gammons household. Karen spends her busy days homeschooling her youngest daughter, and, in her spare time, she travels to the different worlds in her mind, taking along her notebook to ch ...more
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