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Shadow Walker: A Neteru Academy Book

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  441 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Shadow Walker is book 1 in a new paranormal YA trilogy written by L.A. Banks, for more details. Book Description: Sarah Rivera has a lot going on in her life right now. It's bad enough that she's being shipped off to Temt Tchaas Academy also known as Neteru Academy, a high school for future Guardians of the Light who have special powers, but she has t ...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published December 10th 2010 by Leslie Esdaile Banks, LLC (first published November 11th 2010)
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No worries, this is totally spoiler free. It's been a while since I wrote a review...but L.A.Banks has pulled me out of my review writing funk! I LOVED this book. It threw me back to the Vampire Huntress series. It was so well told and I was excited to see the characters we loved so much from that series make cameos in the new book. I loved the kids too, the new generation of guardians are so fun to read. Even though they are too defending the world from evil, they all have their own unique pers ...more
Nicole Angel
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RIP L A Banks. Your characters are alive, I hope you left a manuscript lying around!
I really enjoyed this book!
L.M. Preston
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The main character, Sarah is likeable,and begins to grow on you as she discovers her way in school, her worth, and her powers. But she isn't the only interesting character, this book has many and they are all given just enough depth for you to either like them or not. There is never a dull moment, although there is a lot of information given throughout regarding the world that is being built. This world includes a multitude of races, mixes of paranormal beings gifts/curses in many of the ch ...more
Ang Hansen
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
It was so very wonderful to have the old characters back,even if for a short time, felt so familiar. And getting to know their! Couldn't put it down. Laugh out loud. Now all I have to do is PRAY that she writes the next one!!!
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Many of you are already familiar with my obsession with Private School Paranormals. It was that, as much as a desire to try out the renowned L.A. Banks' writing style, that led me to give this book a try. The weighty description gives you an idea of the way Shadow Walker rolls. It's a meaty tome. There's lots going on in it, though the events of the book occur in a relatively short amount of time. Most of the story is told from Sarah's p
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this world, several beings from the light fight creatures from the dark. Even though this world sounds very simplistically black and white, it is far from that. In fact, easy labels are discouraged within the academy that these future guardian's of the light attend and friend and foe are not easily recognized by human sight. This, of course, made me fascinated by the world L A Banks has created. It is also a mixture of mythologies which includes religions of new and old as well as schools of ...more
Tellisia Williams
Rest In Peace

I chose this rating because I was completely engrossed in the reading. Leslie has worked her magic once again and crafted an unforgettable tale. Her literary skill will surely be missed...I so looked forward to reading the next installment in what could have been another worthwhile series. Alas, L.A. Banks was taken entirely too soon and her writing will greatly be missed in this genre. I will now re-read the vampire huntress legend and try to picture the unfinished narrative of Sar
Kat (Why Read)
Apr 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: e-reader
*To Read*

I read another series by this author and was excited to see a YA spinoff.
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Wish there was more in the series!
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, read-2011
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From the world of L.A. Banks’ popular world of the Vampire Hunter Legends, comes a new young adult series following in the adult versions footsteps. Shadow Walker, the debut novel in the Neteru Academy series is an imaginative and enthralling novel that foretells of the epic battle between Light and Dark, introducing the new breed of Guardians who will protect humanity. Told with truly captivating prose, this novel brought to life a world and cast of chara
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little difficult to get into because they were just so many characters introduced right from the beginning and so many uncles and aunts and cousins that it was a little confusing. To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t until I finished the book and read the glossary on the Neteru compound families that I really understood who everyone was. Obviously, I knew the main character and her inner circle of family and friends but then there were the outer family and friends that I wasn’t so s ...more
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come into the Light! I have to admit that when the Vampire Huntress series ended I was sad. I read every book as soon as they came out, even had the final 2 signed, in person, in Chicago. So, when I discovered Banks had continued the series but with the children, I was excited.

All of the old guardians return along with their children, 16 years after Armageddon. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to make it. The first part of the book was a challenge. Sarah was this big, whiney, naive baby. And
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was the second time that I've read this book. And just like the first time, I wish that the series would've had the chance to be finished. But Mama Banks wasn't able to finish it after all. The attention to detail and references to a number of Ancient Egyptian concepts just tied this book right back into the Vampire Huntress Legends series. And I still love her for that! This series would have been something that would have surpassed the VHL series as well with all of the Guardian children ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is a YA title, I really enjoyed this book. If you follow the Vampire Huntress series by L. A. Banks, then you will be pleasantly surprised to see that the main characters are the children of the vampire huntress, Damali Richards.

This story puts me in the mind of Harry Potter...only better. The main characters are twins, Sarah and Al. This is their first year at the Neteru Academy. They were sent here in order to strengthen their supernatural talents. The school is in jeopardy of
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, bookitforward
Are you the teen kids of the Guardian's of Light? Well then we have a school for you! Looks like a pyramid, has a sordid past, punky other students with a hard on to get back at you for having hidden powers and powerful parents, then come on down. Location not provided.

Picking up from LA Banks extensive Guardians of Light series, we come into Shadow Walker into the realm of the kids POV. With school peer drama, hot romance and angst, to some rapid action, Shadow Walker is filled with its own tee
Book Bug
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered L. A. Banks after she died. I purchased her Vampire Huntress series from a second hand online store and my journey began. I don't have the words to express what an awesome series this is....and as I read Shadow Walker which continued Damali and Carlos' story through their children and the Guardian squads....all I can say is wow. It's a great YA read and I only wish she could have finished it. The characters learned normal life lessons in a supernatural environment. It was delivered ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was bittersweet. I loved that Ms. Banks returned to the Vampire Huntress series (in which I read all 12 books in one month) and revisited the characters I so grew to love and continued their story (and her excellent, entertaining writing style) with their next generation. To the very end this book was a page turner, and when it was over, the realization hit me that that was the end (unless someone comes along that can do Ms. Banks justice and continue this series). If you are a ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved the first book of the spin-off from the Vampire Huntress Legend series. I know the series will not continue due to L.A Banks' untimely death in Aug 2011. I was disappointed that the second book of the series Shadow Seeker was targeted to be released in 2011 as noted in Book #1. Unfortunately she never finished for publication. This worlld has lost an amazingly imaginative, and incredibly detailed storyteller.
Destiny Revealed
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved it. I thought it was a nice continuation of where the Neteru series left off. It's nice to see how the original guardians as well as their children have grown. The kids' lives are just as action packed as their parents' were, and I love seeing how the new generation of Neterus and Guardians have turned out and are still growing. I'm looking forward, as always, to the next in the seriesssss.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading a "vamp" novel by Ms. Banks. I enjoyed this story, which fits squarely into the YA paranormal genre. Ms. Banks spent a sufficient amount of time laying the foundation for this story and developing the new characters in this series. All in all, a well-told, enjoyable story.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a shoot off of the Vampire Huntress novels. This is a good read for young adults. All books that involve paranormal / magic and teenagers will be compared to the Harry Potter novels, but this is a completely different story. Sadly, we won't find out what happens to the Guardian kids due to Ms. Banks' death.
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I couldn't get into this book. I highly encourage everyone to give it a chance though because the synopsis really intrigued me.
There was nothing wrong with the writing style, it just doesn't fit what I usually read. I think that I may have been in the wrong mood for something this plot driven, and I usually tend towards character driven.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent spin-off to the Vampire Huntress series. It picks up years after the last Vampire Huntress book and focuses on the Neteru Guardians trials and tribulations of attending the Neteru Academy. It's great to see the kids come out of their parents shadows and develop their own talents. I can't wait for the next installment!
Krisy Campbell
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it took me back to the Vampire huntress legends series, it was great to see all my favorite characters in here..I'm not sure if we will see another one as Leslie banks is very very ill fighting an uphill battle with Cancer...I really hope she can beat it.
Lyn E Love
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good book. Just a little too tame for me as the characters are in high school. They are the children of the Guardian Team from the Vampire Huntress Series. I was not very impressed as the level of action was not there for me.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-vampires
Wow. What can I say. I LOVED IT. I read the entire Vampire Huntress series. Damali and Carlos are one of the best characters ever written. This book is following in their foot steps. Can't wait for the next one.
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining young adult read with an urban flavor.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban, supernatural
Enjoyed. Definitely nice to see what the neterus and their children are like all grown up. So sorry we lost L.A. Banks.
Kenesha Williams
Yes, STILL reading...
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book allot read like two days couldn't put down. Think all the kids should have been involved more but it was great. Can't wait for next one to come out in December.
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A pseudonym used by Leslie Esdaile Banks, she also wrote under the names:
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L.A. Banks, a native Philadelphian, was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program. With many awards to her credit, Banks also held a masters of fine arts degree in film and media arts from Temple University. She lived in
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