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Rising Shadows

(Rising Shadows #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Sarah Matthews is nearing the end of another eventless summer in the small town of Bethany, Oklahoma. Disheartened over the reality that yet another unexciting season is coming to an end, she wishes for an unforgettable adventure to break up the monotony of life. But when mysterious circumstances transport Sarah and her sister, Lilly, back in time, she gets more excitement ...more
ebook, 177 pages
Published June 16th 2012 by Kirkdale Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Hann Remraf
~review to come~

Update: May 30, 2017:

Rising Shadows by Ashley Townsend was a delightful, time-traveling, suspenseful, and easy read. I really enjoyed it, except for a few things, which I’ll touch on later.

Okay, so first off: I basically always hate time traveling books. They’re all the same in one way or another, and all the mathematics and consequences and space-time continuum junk rusts my brain gears until I just don’t even try to understand.
But I am happy to say this book was not confu
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*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*

Time travel is one of the more interesting and varied forms of supernatural aspects in stories. So many movies, TV shows and games have tackled it; all with different degrees of success and different methods of how time travel works. This was my first time reading a YA novel based on time travel but it looked really interesting, and I mean, who wouldn’t want to travel back in time to the 12th century? I do love Downt
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love, read-2015
Huge thanks to the amazing author, Ashley Townsend, for sending me a free copy of Rising Shadows and Chasing Shadows, the first and second installments in her intriguing Defying Shadows trilogy!:)

I definitely picked up Rising Shadows at the right time! Recently I've been craving lots of high fantasy novels, but the majority of them just didn't stand out from the any other books in the young adult genre. Then, Ashley was kind enough to send me a copy of Rising Shadows, and after reading its fasci
Serethiel Sequoia
SO THIS IS BASICALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER! Rising Shadows is right up there at the tippity top of my fandoms. <333
I'm pleased to say that I quite enjoyed Rising Shadows by Ashley Townsend! I'd been seeing Ashley's books around, and thought they looked interesting enough to add to my to-read list. Then I won a copy of Chasing Shadows (Book 2) in a giveaway, and found out these are time-travel/fantasy romances; and saw that gorgeous cover, and ... eep! *grins* I was happy to accept when Ashley offered me an e-copy of Book 1 so I could start this series at once!

We meet Sarah Matthews, the average eighteen-year
Tricia Mingerink
This is such an adorable book! When Sarah and her sister are accidentally sucked into a past, but a past that looks very different from anything they learned about in the history books, they are thrown into a situation that is way over their head. Sarah must learn to be resourceful to get all of them out of danger and back home. That gets a little bit more complicated when she starts falling for someone.

Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. And that ending...ack! I knew it was comin
Deborah O'Carroll
*happy sigh* What an enjoyable tale! A shorter book, RISING SHADOWS is a fairly quick read. It's the first in the Rising Shadows trilogy, and I had actually read book 2, CHASING SHADOWS, before reading this one -- so this was kind of like a prequel backstory sort of thing for me, which was actually a fun way to read it. I think it's a great introduction to the series, though, if you actually read it first (like one probably should... but since the story deals with time travel, I don't feel TOO b ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my stars this book was soooooo good!!!

Does someone know how to open a portal to Serimone? Cause I wanna go there X)

This cover is so pretty and the book is so good, just <3 <3 <3 <3
and all of the characters are amazing<3 <3 <3 <3
(*cough* Will *cough* ;)

That's all I can think to say about this book right now, I might try to do a longer review later...but for now go read this book...
now ;)


Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun adventure! I loved the characters and the storyline itself. I, too, would swoon over Will. 😏

There were a few rusty parts, but it was still really enjoyable. It reminded me so much of the style of writing I used to adore as an early teen and brings back all the nostalgia.

Definitely hoping to read the rest of the series!!
Katie (ReadiculousGirl)
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cute-reads
With this being her first novel, I was pleasantly surprised at the characters' depth in the story, which made for an enjoyable read. Some authors master the storyline but never seem to make good characters. I don't need relatable people, but when you are inside one person's head for the entire book, and he/she is slightly psychotic (AKA Katniss Everdeen), it is really hard to enjoy the book, no matter how ingenius the plotline.
I am an extremely picky reader, and although I love to read, it is
Christine Smith
NOTE: I received a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was exceedingly happy when the amazingly sweet Ashley Townsend allowed me to read her debut novel, Rising Shadows. I mean, time travel? Medieval settings? A mysterious, masked guy? YES PLEASE. I’m a sucker for time travel stories. They’re my weakness. So I could not wait to read this one, and it was a wonderful ride!

Ashley Townsend built a beautiful setting and realistic characters that kept me up at night want
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5 Fangs

I went into this book not really knowing much about it, and I am glad I took the chance to read this book. There were some things that I didn't like about this book, but I liked it as a whole.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was the time travel. I thought it was so interesting to see the characters travel back in time! The world that Ashely created was so much fun to read about. I am so excited to pick up book two so I can go back to the twelfth century! I also
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a neat book! I am a sucker for time travel novels, especially when characters are transported back in time. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and given that Rising Shadows is historical Christian fiction, I was really in for a treat.

Sarah is just your typical girl, getting ready to start college. One day, during a thunderstorm, she and her younger sister Lilly are transported to the twelfth century. Upon their arrival, they meet Karen, a college student who is also from the futur
Mandy Fender
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable book! I received this book and other goodies at a FB party the author hosted and was thrilled to win it! If you like time travel, a sweet love story, and a little suspense this book is for you! The end of the epilogue definitely has me curious, now I must read the next one to see what Sarah and Karen are going to do.
Ashley Townsend
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The summary for my book is now available. I'd love for you to check it out! Stay tuned for updates. ...more
Sarah Bell
Dec 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
I want this book. I want it I want it SO badly! I need it!!!!! okay. I'm going to try to keep myself calm as all I think about. ow is wanting this book. :D ...more
Megan McCullough
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really connect with the characters, but I really enjoyed the plot! There aren't enough time travel books. :) ...more
Kim  Gregory
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting take on a time travel story. I was especially interested in the story because of the "Robin Hood" aspect that the story was going to take. It turned out more interesting than I thought it would, even though the Robin Hood part of the story was a back ground part of the story rather than a main theme. The place they are "transported" to is also a wonderful part of the story. How clever of the author! She could pretty much make of the story what she wanted because where the girls we ...more
Richard Spillman
Octavia E Butler, an outstanding science fiction author, once wrote “I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.” And she went on to tell them winning the Hugo and Nebula awards. After reading Ashley Townsend’s Rising Shadows, it is clear she has stories to tell as well, starting with her delightful, science fiction/fantasy novel Rising Shadows. Her story takes Sarah, a present day teen, into the past where she encounters a fascinating medieval world. The way Sarah adapts and survives in th ...more
Cassie C
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review to come!

Update 1/1/16:

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Actual rating 4.5 stars

I would like to start this review off with a HUGE thank you to Ashley Townsend for sending me a copy of the first and second novels in this series in exchange for an honest review. This novel has been on my TBR shelf for a bit, and it always intrigued me. Very few authors can pull off time travel well, and when you mix it with fantasy...well you can get into a bit of a sticky situation. But this n
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of this ebook in exchange for a review from LibraryThing. This is no way affects my review.

Preface: The opinions in this review are my own. They are not up for discussion. I am an atheist. I do not want commentary about said atheism. I offer this review from my non-religious stand-point for other like-minded people.

I have to be brutally honest. I wanted to hate this book. I really, really, really wanted to hate it. As shallow as it is (and yes, I recog
Lydia Thomas
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I couldn’t put Rising Shadows down. I put books down all of the time – it’s a necessity of my busy life and I wouldn’t get anything else done otherwise. I just find a good stopping point, bookmark it, and pick it up later. I couldn’t find a good stopping point with this book; I wanted to know what was coming next the entire time.

Sarah is now on my list of favorite female protagonists. No, really, there’s a list. I’ve noticed a trend in Christian YA Fantasy of female protagonists who whine-and-pi
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Book exchanged for review~Per Goodreads rules

Sarah Matthews is eighteen years old really thinks her life is boring of late wondering where her summer has gone. She has complete faith in God and his plan for her life. Yet something is clearly missing but Sarah doesn't know what. When she and her sister Lily are transported back in time to the twelfth century. Sarah gets much more than she bargained for in adventure and intrigue. Sarah and Lily meet Karen, a young girl who happens to know that Sar
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Find more of my reviews at Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between

**I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**

This novels tells the story of eighteen-year old Sarah Matthews, who has recently graduated high school and is spending the summer, bored, in anticipation of her new college life in the fall. That is, until something strange happens, and she finds herself and her younger sister transported into the twelfth (the twelfth!) century. Caught right in the middle of a h
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be careful what you wish for. It might be more than you baragained for.

Sarah Matthews wanted more for her summer vaccaton than staying home with her parents and sister, and prepping for college. One wish and the next thing she knows, she’s traveled a few hundred years back in time to Serimone, a kindom that isn’t even supposed to exist, protected by a mysterious hooded character known as the Shadow. He’s kind of like a combination of robin hood + the arrow.

Life suddely got a whole lot more inter
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
An action-filled another time...

Sarah and her sister, Lilly, are swept from their life in the present day to a medieval time though historic with a rich history, is not remembered by time. There Sarah meets a mysterious man in a green cloak, who fights silently for what is right. What adventures will Sarah experience in this land that time seems to have forgotten?

Written in an engaging easy to read fashion, with accurately flowing, descriptions perfect for a fast paced novel. I re
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite new book of the year! My friend has been trying to get me to read this since September, but I was concerned about reading a book by an author a few years younger than myself. But I was so pleasantly surprised with the storyline, depth of the characters, and overall pace of the story. I couldn't put it down! And that Will Taylor. Let me just say I was sighing everytime he walked into a scene. There was plenty of tension between Sarah, Will, and that Shadow (I'm not telling!), although ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, er
Received as an ebook from the publisher as part of Librarything's Early reviewer giveaway.

Partway through reading the book, I was flicking through and found that this is Ashley's first book and she is a young author too. This makes this début novel the better, with a decent storyline and some good primary characters. For those who dont like Christian themes in books this is not for you - Sarah has a strong relationship with God, as do some other characters, though Ashley does well to not make th
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the book and really loved it, and then I got to the end all like, "Wow, that was a great adventure, all the mysteries are solved, I'm okay with the fact that Sarah never confronted Cadius, and now everything----What?! Are you kidding me? Where's the next book?!!!!!" I had every intention of finishing this "novel" and then moving on to the next stack of books on my floor and my Kindle, but then I read the cliffhanger ending and am currently freaking out. I NEED the next book. I discovered ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Librarything in exchange for an honest review. I award this book 3.5 stars.

Rising Shadows by Ashley Townsend is about a teenager named Sarah that is whisked away one day to an unknown land that teems with handsome strangers, loving friends, and sinister villains. I admit that I didn't realize that Kirkdale Press was a Christian publisher, but was pleasantly surprised with the product.

I really liked the characters-- they were well fleshed out and fun to read about. I thi
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Ashley is a young twenty-something author at Ink Smith Publishing and has been spinning tales since she discovered that her wild imagination could make a career. She is a native to bookstores, coffee shops, the beach, and San Diego, CA. She also has an unexplainable aversion to clowns and describes outlines as a “proverbial noose.” Check out the Rising Shadows trilogy everywhere books are sold: Ri ...more

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