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Born of Shadow

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  30 reviews
On her seventeenth birthday, Kami receives a mysterious artifact and a ticket to visit her estranged grandparents in Egypt. When she arrives, no one is there to meet her. Alone and in an unfamiliar country, she quickly discovers her missing grandparents are only part of a greater threat. Whispers of strange creatures made of a shadowy substance can be heard among the nomad ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published August 18th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Shannon (kitchandpages)

I have very mixed feelings about this book. There were so many great moments but other places I got totally lost or just lost interest. I appreciate what the author was trying to accomplish and I think there are definitely points for originality. I liked Kami and all the other characters we meet along the way. I liked the places we went and I like the plot overall. But if I'm being totally honest, there was a certain level of disconnect for me. I felt there were so many working parts that, a
Elena Robertson
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I receive my copy of this book from the author for an honest unbiased review. I enjoyed this book and read in a day which is always a good sign for me as means I'm engrossed and don't want to put it down. The story centres around a 17 year old girls who travels to Egypt to meet grandparents she has never met. As so as she arrives she is thrust into an adventure along with characters she meets along the way, involving history and paranormal activities and some romance. I found the characters and ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, middle-grade
3.5 stars.

I received a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Kami has never known the grandparents on her father's side. So when one day she receives a plane ticket to join them in Cairo for the summer, Kami knows she must take the opportunity of a lifetime. However, strange things begin to happen as soon as Kami boards the plane, weird shadow creatures seem to be stalking innocent people and Kami's grandparents are nowhere to be found. With the help of some new frie
From the weird and wonderful world of Wattpad comes a weird and wonderful fantasy adventure set in Egypt. No, it's not The Akhenaten Adventure, or another book by Uncle Rick, but it's definitely in the same wheelhouse as those. The only real difference is that it's aimed at a YA audience as opposed to MG, but aside from being a tad bit more PG-13, it's a familiar, and yet different, addition to the genre. (I'm pretty sure this is, at the very least, one of the first YA books to channel James Rol ...more
Tilly Booth
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Born of Shadow by Sarah Benson surprised me in the greatest way. I was hooked from the first chapter of this book and I struggled putting it down until I'd devoured every last word.

This book was an a adventure. A great one where I got to experience the wonders of Egypt through Sarah Bensons amazing writing. She's descriptive and captivating. One of the things I loved most about this book was the knowledge. Sarah Benson knew so much about Egypt that I learnt so much on the way. I could read her
Joshua Townley
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Born of Shadow is a fantasy adventure story set for the most part in modern day Egypt. It follows the story of Kami, a somewhat shy, guarded young girl, who longs for more out of life. On her seventeenth birthday, an opportunity arrives in the form of a mysterious package from her estranged grandparents, inviting her to visit them in Egypt.
On her journey she meets the charming Liam, but before she even arrives at her destination, strange things start happening, and when her grandparents fail to
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The ebook edition is actually longer than the paperback edition. I received the e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited when the author reached out to me. The description of this book was right up my alley. She thought I would like it because I like the Percy Jackson series. This book did have a Rick Riordan feel to it. I would also compare it to Rebel Belle. It had that easy going, natural flow to the writing that made reading it an enjoyable experience. I also ...more
Farah Oomerbhoy
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Born of Shadow is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's a wonderful fantasy adventure story set in Egypt, that takes you on a whirlwind ride of magic and mystery.

Kami is a wonderful and memorable character who pulls you through the story at breakneck speed. Readers of any age will thoroughly enjoy this fantastic adventure that uncovers ancient secrets and myths while introducing you to wonderful new characters that help Kami solve the mysteries surrounding her and her family.

A m
Marion Watkins
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very enticing read from the start. You know it's going to end in a cliffhanger and you still keep asking for more. ...more
Keerat Kaur
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
it is simply adorable. Once you start reading it, it is impossible to stop. WELL DONE SARAH! It's AAAAAAAAWWWWWWESOME:) ...more
I decided to give Born of Shadow a try because it's tied up to Egyptian History and I like history more so if it's something from an interesting country like Egypt. What this book did to me though is that it brought me to Egypt, took me places, and brought me into an exciting adventure.

Kamilah, or better known as Kami, lives uncomfortably in California trying to please her classmates and making things work with her mother. She received an invitation from her grandparents on Egypt asking her to v
C.J. Anaya
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was fun, adventurous, romantic, and suspenseful. I thought Kami was a brave and likable heroine, considering she decided to travel to Egypt all by herself to meet her estranged grandparents. Her upbringing matched that of her personality and her independent spirit. Having a parent who abuses alcohol generally forces a kid to grow up much faster, becoming a sort of parent to the parent in the process. Although she must mature faster than is normal for young girls her age, I found that h ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I originally found this book on Wattpad and enjoyed it thoroughly. The plot was well thought out and I didn't have much of a problem with the characters. The whole book had me wondering what's going to happen next? I wasn't disappointed on how it turned out. Unfortunately I do have a few problems with it. After first meeting the characters I loved them but as the book progressed I felt like they weren't really getting anywhere. Different challenges were thrown at them but they were remaining the ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an e-book version of this book from the author for an honest, unbiased review.
First off, let me say that I really enjoyed this book. I had a few problems with the book, but that happens with any book that I read. I read the book fairly quickly and I didn't find the book to really have any slow parts to it.
Although, I think the main think that I had a problem with was that a few times I got lost because I didn't find the times where the character view changed very well. I had to try
Christina MacGregor
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story was excellent- I really liked the heroine (Kami) and all of the adventures that she goes through. The setting- Egypt- is also rather fun and exciting, as I have not read too many YA stories set there (I have seen the "Indiana Jones" and "Mummy" movies, though- lol). It was fun to see the world through Kami's eyes. The book has a touch of magic, excitement, and intrigue in it. I don't want to give any spoilers, so go read the book! It is well worth your time. :) ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
This is so very hard to rate for me because while I really enjoyed the story and can definitely recommend the book, I didn't feel like I had a huge emotional attachment. And I have a hard time rating books higher than 3 stars if that's the case. This is definitely a great read though, with some very unique aspects.
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Rashad Gibson
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a cool book! (Yeah, I'm goign nuts with reviews nw. It's so much fun!) Bt this was a good one. Kami is like the best friend I always wanted. And if I get a turtle, I'm totally naming him Galileo. Even if it's a girl. I'll name her Galilea. ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
This is an enchanting book with enough cliche romance, history, adventure, and suspense that made me internally gasp twice. I thoroughly appreciate the author's research on Egyptian history and mythology and I like how they are incorporated and explored in the story. After two lull chapters, the suspense starts to build and grow but then the climax never came. In the end, I was left exclaiming (internally, of course) this -

There's no resolution!
It's like watching The Desolation of Smaug.
Jyothi Tadepalli
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Liam is the heart and soul of this book. Story was more enjoyable whenever he was around. Kami was disappointing a bit since she had barely anything to do in this one being the protagonist and whole story revolving around her. Thanks for creating such an informative book. Got so much to learn about the Egyptian myth. Well done. :)
Cassidy Washburn
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story started off well with us getting to know the main character, Kami, and her situation. She is an only child living with her mother after her father died when she is invited by her paternal grandparents to visit them in Egypt. Once there, she meets a handful of characters including a handsome boy, his driver, her cousin Yasmin, and others. She soon realizes that her grandparents are missing and people are bein
Ayanami Faerudo
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Original review at Whatever You Can Still Betray.

Actual rating: 3.5

If it is anything involving ancient Egypt, if a book mentions Egyptian paranormal, then you could be sure that I would check that book out and would probably read it. I cannot resist.

But if it involves trekking through Egypt and visiting all these ancient ruins, then sign me up! But please, leave the people who are trying to kill me at the immigration area.

All Kami wanted was to get a break from her negligent mother, get over a p
Nov 14, 2015 added it
Received this book for free for review. I dropped it at 118 pages.

Why You Might Bump This Down On Your TBR: I was not able to stay engaged enough to read more than 118 pages.

Why You Might Bump This Up On Your TBR: It's written more skillfully (in terms of the technical writing and plot creation) than most of the books for review or independent books I've been asked to read. It makes sense as a published work and while reading it I was not thinking of it as a book, but was actually able to focus
Nov 18, 2015 marked it as abandoned-books
This story started off fun and exciting, and I like the writing. I was immediately hooked. But as the story started to really unfold, I found it started to get really cheesy. I thought the dialogue was corny, and just the way everyone was interacting with each other, and reacting to what was happening, I thought was weird and awkward. I found it hard to go back to read it, for one because it was on my phone, and two, I became less and less interested in it as I went further into it.
This one star
Colleen Story
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Love the pacing of this book--it moves right along. The prose is engaging and I enjoyed reading it. I felt it left me hanging as the book ends before the main plot resolves. Fans will turn to book two for more.
Marcus Samhain
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really good story about a young girl and her adventure in Egypt. Perfect for kids and for me too. Hoping to see more of her books soon.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
great book!
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
3.5 stars

Review to come on my channel!
Lydia Mccloskey
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Coming from Wattpad, read every word! She just goes to show how hard work pays off!! Great plot idea, characters very well fleshed out and real. Love the twists and turns, can't wait for sequel!! ...more
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Sarah Benson has worked as a journalist and graphic designer. She now writes fiction, which makes her happy. She holds degrees from BYU-Idaho. Sarah lives in a log cabin in the beautiful mountains near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her husband and four kids. She loves interacting with her readers.

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