The Shadow Rises
In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council have strict rules and practises for eradicating magic.
Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth; but rumours are starting to emerge o ...more
Hunter Astley, witch-hunter extraordinaire, is about to experience his greatest challenge yet.
"I'm one of the best witch-hunters out there, if I don't stop her, who will?"
Hunter is a seventh-generation witch-hunter, which in and of itself is an extremely rare thing.
There are so few of us....there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of first gens. Only about half of these survive long enough to even have families.And along with that lineage comes with certain...perks. He can see farther ...more
Firstly, a massive thank you to the wonderful K.S.Marsden who introduced me to this trilogy, wrote it and supplied me with a free eBook review copy of this book in exchange of an honest review!!
I read James: witch-hunter (the prequel) before this book and fell in love with this trilogy straight away.
In contrast to the prequel, this story is from Hunter’s perspective. Hunter Astley is a 7th generation witch-hunter who works, with other witc...more
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I received this copy from the author, K.S. Marsden, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
#5 for the #MonthofMonstrosities tag!
After all, who'd be scared of a cat after facing lions!
Reading The Shadow Rises immediately after I finished James: Witch-Hunter was a good idea. It made me appreciate how much the writing grew in overall detail, depth, and execution. Not t ...more
First of all a huge thanks to the author and the next novel team for introducing me to this wonderful series and for providing me with the copy of the book and secondly a huge hug for writing this book, which has not only floored me completely but have also left me craving for its sequels. The book has escalated to "my all time favorite trilogy" shelf
The shadow rises, true to its theme, did indeed cast its spell on me and I was completely hooked to the book from its ...more
Not only is this one of the few times ...more
I simply had to re-read this trilogy before reading James Witch-Hunter the prequel and I can tell you it is as wonderful and as exciting as the first time I read it. Very Highly Recommended.
I have left the original review here too. Originally read in May 2015
#IndieRoar Challenge Day 1 The handsome hunter & the hunted.
I started reading this as a challenge for Indie Books Be Seen on Social Media. They support & promote independent authors. Being a FREE down ...more
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I did not connect well with this book, and it has everything to do with me not the writer. It is well written and a good story, but I have a problem with all witches being bad, evil, and power hungry (too much like racism or bigotry). I guess I like an even mix of good and evil. I think this caused the disconnect for me, and I had no problem putting the book down because of this. The ending sort of left y ...more
A really nice book! I wouldn't exactly call it a page tuner but the idea behind it was really original and jaw dropping. The book moved too slow for my taste but I still enjoyed it! The writing style was simple and straightforward. The characters were beautifully described!
OverAll a wonderful job by the author. This book is definitely going somewhere!
Our main character, aptly named Hunter, is a 7th generation witch-hunter who works with the Malleus Maleficarum Council (MMC) in stopping witches. Witches, as described by the author in the book, are not your usual Wiccan rendition, but evil, using their powers in nefarious plots.
During a forced upon vacation, Hunter finds himself in Venice, where he saves Sophie from a group of witches who were readyin ...more
I really enjoyed this take on the theme of witches versus hunters and the concept of a super (or Shadow) witch. The audiobook has its share of action, violence, twists and turns, and betrayals on all sides. The human witch hunters seem outgunned and outmanned. You wonder if they even stand a chance despite Hunter's skill, leadership, and bravado. Then...BOOM! I have to admit I didn't have any inkling of either of the big surprises that came near t ...more
When I first heard about the Shadow Rises, it was actually through having K.S. Marsden participate in my beta read for my book series The Silver Ninja. We excha ...more
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The world is full of witches. There is no line between good and evil. Witches are accused as evil, just for being what they are. Witch hunters dedicate their lives to tracking down and subduing—or killing—witches.
It's an interesting concept. Witches in this novel are seen as a pariah. A virus that has to be either removed of its power or destroyed. I could see from the start that this whole concept would be flipped on its ass. Because, not e ...more
*I was sent this book from the author for a honest review. This is MY opinion and at no time reflects that of other readers!*
Ok people. This book was AMAZING! I LOVED Every minute of reading it.
Looking at the cover you may think its going to be a little more hard core, but its really not. It gives us a twist to what we normally think of when we think of witches. Because in this book witches are EVIL, HORRIBLE, MURDERS. Yes you read that one right. And yes there are witch hunters. So for once thi ...more
The Shadow Rises drew me in after the first few pages and wouldn't let go so I moved straight onto The Shadow Reigns, quickly followed by The Shadow Falls.
These books now make up one of my favourite trilogies!
The Shadow Rises is an awesome start to an original and exciting series, that has a new take on witches. It's a fast-paced, fun and enjoyable read, with action and intrigue plus an unexpected and surprising twist.
Hunter is a str ...more
Hunter Astley is a seventh generation witch hunter. As far as anyone knows, he's the only seventh gen in existence. If fifth generation witch hunters have insane powers, what are Hunter's possibilities?
When the first Shadow Witch in decades appears, it is up to Hunter to track her down and kill her before she can kill anyone else he loves. As part of the Malleus Maleficarum Council (MMC), it is Hunter's job to keep all witch hunters around the wor ...more
Brooding Hunter takes Sophie to Astley Manor to teach her all things witch-hunting. His mother, who I affectionately named Grumpy Cat Incarnate, isn't happy about it. Humorousl ...more
This book starts right off with Witch-hunter, Hunter Astley saving a girl from human sacrifice while he is on vacation in Venice. He explains about witches to the rescued Sophie and sees that she gets home safely. A year later Sophie turns up wanting to be ...more
This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible:
'The Shadow Rises' is the first book in the series - and you can feel it. It has all the elements I like in a good story about the paranormal/witchcraft/magic, but it also has some flaws that are often unavoidable in a first of any series...
The strength of the book are definitely the main characters - Hunter, James and Sophie. They are intriguing, deep, ...more
The witch hunters have been protecting the people from the evil magic of the witches for centuries. Hunter is a 7th generation witch hunter. This brings him prestige among other witch hunters, but he is so much younger that it also brings with it jealousy, conflict and mistrust. As a 7th gen, Hunter has abilities that only come with his families longevity in the business, but they don’t know exactly what those abilities might be. A yo ...more
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She raised a brow, “A witch-hunter named ‘Hunter’? How very original.”
Hunter sighed, “You’re a very pleasant , friendly character, aren’t you?”