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Stalking Shadows

(The Diamond Peak Series #2)

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Ariel hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother. But in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind-numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing her.

At the same time, a battle rages between her heart and he
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ebook, 380 pages
Published March 8th 2013 by S & H Publishing
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Krisi Keley
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy, magical realism and metaphysical fiction fans
The second book in the Diamond Peak series, Stalking Shadows, sets the pace and the mood for the rest of the novel by opening with a frightening, surprise revelation: Ariel’s mom hasn’t been rescued after all, and the Rasa demons are increasing their mind game warfare to stop Ariel before she can reach the Master Demon, Rasama, to destroy him and the dangerous Serpentine infesting the human race. This first action and emotion packed scene gives a perfect introduction to the themes of the novel a ...more
Richard Bunning
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great stuff! I would suggest reading Lethal Inheritance first, though it is certainly not essential. This really is a pure fantasy book, written with an older teenager as the target audience. I'm 57, and don't really believe that I would have enjoyed it any more or less at 17.
I didn't like it quite as much as the first book. This is mainly because I'm eager to reach the end of the quest, thus find the middle somewhat of a frustration. The books overall quality is top draw, with a good pace and e
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Lynxie
Stalking Shadows is the second book in Tahlia Newland's Diamond Peak series.

It picks up right after the ending of book one, so really should be read in order. Having said that, the book could still be enjoyed (if a little confusing in parts) even if you hadn't read the first.

This one didn't seem as smooth as the first. There were passages that overwhelmed me in a spirituality sense, too much focus on inner light and radiance. There were only a few points where this happened, but it was enough to
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Nay Denise
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

The second book in the Diamond Peak Series which keeps me on my toes from beginning to end. The pace was just beautiful.

Within this sequel, we get more magic, more action and more plot twists and turns. Ariel is still the kickass character I loved in Lethal Inheritance, but she has much more fire to her.

The romance builds up still between Nick and her which I adore. There are moments I wish they'd just shut up and kis
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Michelle
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
These are intense books. I read the first one a little over a year ago and I remembered that I really enjoyed it, so i was really excited when the author approached me and asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her second book. Stalking Shadows is a really good follow up Lethal Inheritance. I am not crazy about the cover but the story is wonderful! If you feel the same way about the covers as I do, look past it and read this series! It is a really great fantasy series. I called the first one ...more
Kate Policani
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
In her second book of the Diamond Peak series, Newland draws us further into the world of Ariel, a regular girl with a fantastic past and a challenging future. Ariel, Nick, and Twitchet depart the haven of the Observatory to continue up the mountain in their mission to defeat Rasama. Deadly perils and romantic tension await Ariel and Nick on the trail. In a push for the next haven at Sheldra, Nick and Ariel must fight monsters, demons, mages, and their feelings while Twitchet heckles them. Betwe ...more
Kayla
Wow! I have to say that although I really, really enjoyed reading Lethal Inheritance, book one in this series, I think I enjoyed the sequel even more. That isn't something that really happens for me that often and it only makes me wonder what more could come in the rest of the series.

I really loved seeing where the journey picks up after book one's ending. There are several twists immediately in the start that I didn't see coming and had me hooked into the story. One thing that slightly bothered
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Ruthanne Reid
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm delighted to get the chance to review this book.

Tahlia Newland has built a world where every emotion matters. Where infection (called the Serpentine) can turn evil and selfish feelings into something far more destructive, requiring great mental discipline to combat.
‘So, essentially, we’re fighting our own emotions,’ she had concluded. ‘Which is why defeating the demons can only be achieved by gaining command over your emotions,’ he had said.

This world is the context for Ariel, a young woman
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Bri
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
What I liked: There were plenty of plot twist and turns in the book to keep the reader guessing. I'm also really enjoying the was negative emotions manifest the demons and strengthen them, watching Ariel learn to control her emotions as her journey continues. I also enjoyed our new character, Twitchet who is a talking cat. I found Twitchet to be an entertaining character throughout the times he was present. There's still a large focus on the metaphysical aspect where positive thinking and cleari ...more
Kevin Berry
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stalking Shadows is the second book in the Diamond Peak series, following on from Lethal Inheritance. It continues the story of Ariel, whose journey to find and rescue her mother, Nadima, from her demon captors takes her through dangerous territory. She is guided by Walnut (a ranger-like character), Nick (a young journeyman) and Twitchet, a talking cat. The plot is that of an epic fantasy quest, but there are differences that make the story more of a metaphysical journey, and it is well-structur ...more
Roxanne Kade
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This epic adventure continued from where book one ended and I couldn't wait to get right back into the action.

By now I've gotten to know these characters pretty well and I enjoyed continuing their journey with them, with a few minor characters who appeared in book one playing a bigger role in this story, as well as a few new ones.

Filled with even more twists and turns, this story only got better and better. With new alliances and even more danger, there were moments when I had to wonder who cou
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Karen
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The hero's journey

We have universal themes in our mythology, so says Joseph Campbell. The hero leaves all that is familiar and goes on a quest to save his or her people. On that quest, the hero is forever changed and when comes home lives out their lives from this new beginning. Happily, Tahlia Newland has given us a female hero in the character of Ariel. She is like most teenagers being confused about her role, her place, and her emotions. But she is not an ordinary young woman. She has powers,
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Nicole
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Diamond Peak series starts off with a shock that ripples through the reader and gets you back into fighting mode. The magical world remains, with an exceptionally well-written ribbon of “real world” weaved throughout. Ariel and Nick, though obviously interested in each other, put the rollercoaster of emotions and feelings into park and continue on in pursuit of good versus evil.

The demon fights in Stalking Shadows are nicely depicted and well fleshed out. Ms. Newland’s abi
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Diana
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed the idea of demons attacking you based on your emotions. That is a very interesting concept. And of course totally open for metaphoric interpretation.
Nothing like a demon trying to kill you to keep your emotions in check.
Nick and Ariel's relationship is awesome; talk about a powder keg. They're both such great characters, the book is all about them and I still wanted more.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review
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Tahlia Newland
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Lots of action, creatures like giant stick insects, magicians with attitude, unrequited love, a mad talking cat, a few surprises and, of course, those creepy demons that know your mind and how to exploit it for their own purposes. It's better than the first book in the Diamond Peak series.
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Tahlia Newland, author of the multi-award-winning Diamond Peak Series, writes inspirational metaphysical and speculative fiction with a touch or more of romance. She is also an editor and a mask-maker who loves creating digital art and sitting on her veranda staring at the rain forest.

Before writing full time, she had over 20 years’ experience in scripting and performing in Visual Theatre and Thea
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Other books in the series

The Diamond Peak Series (4 books)
  • Lethal Inheritance (The Diamond Peak Series, #1)
  • Demon's Grip (The Diamond Peak Series, #3)
  • Eternal Destiny (The Diamond Peak Series, #4)