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Promise of Shadows

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,534 ratings  ·  282 reviews
Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself fro ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Corey As far as I know, this is a standalone. I do agree it is really great and wouldn't mind more books, but it feels fine alone to me.
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The darkness agrees with me. It asks me to release it, as loud as a roar and as quiet as a whisper. I remember what my sister said long ago: You must control the darkness. You can’t ever give in to it. But the shadows want to make me happy, and I deserve a little happiness.
This book is fantastic. It has the misfortune of having one of the worst summary opening lines I have ever read. I mean, come on "She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man?" SERIOUSLY? After r
Welcome to: 10 reasons why you should read Promise of Shadows (aka the most underrated book ever)

1. Greek mythology! And not just that, but Greek mythology done right. Unforgiving gods who know nothing of love or humanity, bloodshed, terrifying creatures and revenge.
2. Most of the book is set in Tartarus. Yes, Tartarus as in Hell. Can't get more awesome than that, really.
3. Absolutely amazing main character! Zephyr is smart, funny and relatable - and she's also an Harpy, with talons and everyth
Jan 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
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DNF at 75%

Feel free to leave spoilers for the ending, I don't want to waste my time reading the last 90 pages.
Jun 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
Added because I want to support badass book covers.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
When I saw the cover and read the jacketflap, my first thought was something along the lines of "more like Promise of Awesome." It's about a harpy who avenged the death of her sister by killing the god who slew her. To do this 'impossible' task, she used a secret, forbidden power. Now she's locked away in the Pits of Tartarus, basically a work-camp. But then she reunites with an old friend and learns, bam, she's the Nyx, a "dark goddess who is prophesied to change the power balance." Aw yeah, re ...more
Bec (booktineus)
This review appeared as a guest post on Happy Indulgence. I regularly post reviews on Readers in Wonderland

Decided to DNF at p. 162. It wasn't bad but

I was struggling to care about the story in my slump mood. I'm probably going to skim read through to the end just to see what happens

One of the wost things that can happen when reading a book is having your external mood interfere with your reading experience. Recently I’ve been feeling pretty unmotivated towards most thing
Tomoe Hotaru
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4 Oct. '14
What did he mean "ruin" me? What, like I'm some maiden to be delivered to an altar as a sacrifice?
- Zephyr Mourning, at Tallon's refusal of sex.

I didn't care about anything else at that point; Zephyr had completely won me over.

This is what I mean when I'm talking about a balanced heroine. She is sex-positive, has an overall good image of her body, and is confident but not overbearingly so *ehem* Celaena Sardothien . She is also all-out powerful but manages to
A copy of this novel was provided by Simon & Schuster Australia for review.


That’s how I felt about Promise of Shadows. One hundred percent “okay”. Which, you know, means that I didn’t hate it or anything but I didn’t love it, either. Everything was just oaky, and I guess I was okay with that.

I thought that I might really like it because a) pretty cover (shh I judge books by their covers leave me alone), b) a unique premise about a harpy, and c) “darkly funny”. I thought that Promise of Shad
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I should have known better than pick this for its cover when the summary made zero sense to me.. But I am learning..

More than what I liked, this review will be about what I didn't like, if you didn't get a hint from my rating..

First of all, this girl Zephyr, or whatever her name is spelled like, irritated the hell out of me. She is pretty weak, unreliable and naive character to carry the weight of such plot. Now, if the MC were Cassiphone I'd give this a different rating. Zeph survived by sheer
Lets start out with the synopsis. That thing is absofuckinglutley ridiculously bad. It does not describe the book or events that happen. Let alone Zephyr.

The book starts out with Zephyr in Tartarus digging a ditch with excrement falling from the sky. Not what I was expecting. Thanks to that synopsis. I thought for sure it would be her sitting at home watching My Five Wives. NOT. Thank fucking hallelujah.

Lets start with Zephyr she is beautifully flawed and I love it. Yah there is the whole "she
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, edelweiss
Review: 2 ½ out of 5 stars

Promise of Shadows is a book I was quite excited about reading, I have never read about Harpies before and the premise seemed quite unique but I was left underwhelmed by this one unfortunately.

At the beginning of the book we meet Zephyr Mourning who has been stripped of her wings and sent to Tartarus - the Underworld. She is now serving a life sentence for using a forbidden dark power and killing a God. Along with her closest friend Cass she is rescued by Blue and her c
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
2.5 stars. Not bad, but the book quickly lost steam and I was bored.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assas
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Umm why have I never seen this book on my dash? This has to be one of the most underrated YA books? 3D flawed badass heroine whose, oh yeah A HARPY did I say GREEK MYTHOLOGY? Heck yeah I did. Banished to Tartarus with only a 2000 year old spartan girl warrior as a best friend? Tensions brewing between "light demigods" and "dark demigods" and working out the hard way (lots of angry monsters and scheming gods) that she's possibly the only one who can save the "dark demigods" from extermination? ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
**4/4.5 stars**

Originally posted at:

I saw this one AGES ago but I never did get my hands on a copy. Until now. I’m seriously happy I got Promise of Shadows for review because I absolutely loved it. The beginning took me a while to adjust to, in terms of getting an idea of what exactly was going on, but omg–it’s been such a long time since I’d read a book focused on Greek mythology that met modern day (so... urban mythology?). The last book I read focused
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I didn't really know much about this book, going into it. I knew it had something to do with mythology and that's it. I ended up finding an enjoyable read with lots of mythical elements!

Zephyr has been stuck in Tartarus for the past year for killing a god. She has no idea how she did it, she just wanted revenge for her sister's murder. With the help of an old friend, she's able to escape into the mortal world, but she's stil
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
(Rating: 2.5)
Promise of Shadows is a fun, action-packed fantasy-mythology that also has its more tender moments.

- Greek mythology and with a diverse cast! The protagonist is a black, a Harpy, and has wicked awesome blue hair. I also loved Zephyr's inner monologues and the conflict she felt.
- It has a simple storyline (which is not a bad thing), and is full of action, magic of darkness and light, and also some heartfelt and introspective moments.
- Criticisms were that I felt like the worldbuil
Mar 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
No my girl, wheel and come again.
This was absolutely painful to read. For such a short book I felt like it dragged on forever.
Tasya Dita
What I Like:

Perfect pacing
The author's take on Greek Myth. She created new godly war and incorporated the primordial deity. Also apparently it's not only greek gods available in this world, there's mention of deity from other myth too few times in the course of the story.
Zephyr before Tallon. She's fierce and determined, she's a survivor, she's an amazing friend with amazing snark. What's not to love?

What I didn't like:

The synopsis was too reveal
Feb 17, 2020 added it
DNF'ed at pg 155.
I wasn't feeling it. At the beginning it was interesting and I loved this idea of a Harpie sent to the Underworld for killing a God that should have been unkillabke, but I just couldn't feel the story or the characters, specially when Tallon appears and bam! Instalove

I love "Dread Nation" and "Deathless Divide", and in this one she has evolved a lot from "Vengeance Bound", but at page 155 I just couldn't force myself to keep reading.
Sarah (A French Girl)
There are books whose publishing date you’ve highlighted on your calendar with a red dot and you (not so) patiently wait for their arrival. And then, there are other books whom you’ve never heard of but you so happen to stumble on. In Promise of Shadows’ case, it was the later.

Now the question is, was it a good surprise or not? Yes it was!
The world Ireland created is Percy Jackson lite. In the sense, that the magic and the magical creature are based on Greek mythology. There’s Aphrodite, Hera, H
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-own, reread-worthy
Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

This book did a lot of things right. That’s the main point I want to start with. The lovely Ms. Ireland wrote a book that enthralled me despite my initial discrepancies about it.

I thought it was going to be one of those books. You know, the A-typical story plots that haunt the young adult shelves now-a-days. The synopsis included a story that revolves around Zephyr Mourning saving everyone , a power that she didn’t ask for, and of course a boy she shouldn’t b
Chelsea Pitcher
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much!!! I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology, and Ireland goes beyond the goddesses of love and beauty, to the delightful and wicked: the furies and the harpies. For those of you who’ve read my review of Ireland’s debut, VENGEANCE BOUND, you know how highly I thought of that book, so it’s safe to say my expectations were fairly high, and PROMISE OF SHADOWS did not disappoint.

If anything, it exceeded my expectations.

Zephyr Mourning was such a fabulous character (and I lo
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Promise of Shadows was jam packed with interesting mythology! Zephyr is a harpy, but not a very good one. She can't hide her emotions, she gets scared, and now she's lost her wings because she's been sentenced to Tartarus for killing a god. If the other gods knew how she killed him, they'd put her to death. Instead of being able to use aether, Zephyr's magic is fueled by the shadows, erebos. No one can find out, or she's dead. She might wind up dead anyway, because of a Prophecy that names her a ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
I loved this book. Once I started reading it I was quickly drawn in and then I devoured it. Justina provides us with a fresh twists on the Greek gods, and I loved seeing them in a modern setting. This is a dark fantasy but with a thread of humour that balanced it out perfectly.

Zephyr Mourning is a Godslayer.

The gods aren’t supposed to be able to be killed, but when one of them murders her sister, Zephyr accidentally kills one, and all the other gods and goddesses want to know how.

Zephyr is sente
Katie Walton
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Promise of Shadows is a five star read. Everything about it is wonderful! How do I love thee?? Let me count the ways…

1. The cover: Stunning.
2. The characters: Fascinating. (I had so much fun visualizing the leading lady and watching her character as she came into her own.)
3. The storyline: Well-developed and intriguing. (It kept me guessing to the last sentence.)
4. The relationships: Twisted. (After all, mythology is just one long quirky story of a great big dysfunctional family. I love it.)
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh great, another Greek mythology book. I used to love them, but then it got old. But honestly, this is one of the better ones out there. NOT ONE TO SKIP OVER. Just keep at it, and don't stop while reading this book. There were parts where it was slooooow, but it picks up and you wont be disappointed. Seriously. THE PLOT TWISTS THOUGH. I doubt ill ever write a review for this, but if you ever consider reading Promise of Shadows, please do. It's worth it. The writing, plot and characters were jus ...more

Two words: READ. IT.

This book is great.
I don't know how I found such a good book but lucky I did because it was excellent: the plot was original, well-written, complex, with a great lead character and well, a bit confusing at times.
I loved it too pieces. We have a lead female character that has to deal with her darkness and doubts herself almost entirely, who is dealing with a lot of grief and also has the weight of the vaettir on her shoulders. And I loved her.
Also, thank you for the open e
This book. UGH, THIS BOOK. I was so frustrated with this because it well had to potential to be AMAZING. Like blow-your-mind-away kinda amazing. So while I still really really like it (as evidenced by the four stars), it just fell short of the five stars. But mind you, in terms of YA mythology, this book may as well have been a six.

PS. Sequel please?
Esthela Gómez
The darkness agrees with me. It asks me to release it, as loud as a roar and as quiet as a whisper. I remember what my sister said long ago: You must control the darkness. You can’t ever give in to it. But the shadows want to make me happy, and I deserve a little happiness
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Justina Ireland is the New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation and its sequel Deathless Divide (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), the middle-grade novels Star Wars, Flight of the Falcon: Lando’s Luck and Spark of the Resistance, a Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm Books), and the fantasy young adult novels Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows (both Simon and Schuster). Her short science fiction a ...more

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