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Defying Shadows

(Rising Shadows #3)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  26 reviews
One choice can define your future.
At first, Sarah’s return to twelfth century Serimone is as wonderful as she could have hoped—reconnecting with Will and celebrating the union of her two friends—but things quickly fall to pieces when she uncovers something that could unsettle the new regime. Before she can share this information, Sarah is forcibly whisked away by the one m
Paperback, 350 pages
Published November 2015 by Ink Smith Publishing
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Deborah O'Carroll
(Review also posted on The Road of a Writer:

"I laughed, I cried . . . it moved me, Bob."*

*(Sorry to go all VeggieTales on you but the quote seemed appropriate. Ahem.)

THIS BOOK, PEOPLE. This review is going to be one of the hardest ones I've ever written, because almost all of my favorite things about it are in major spoiler territory... But part of the fun is going on this plot-twisty journey of discovery yourself when you read the book, so I'll try to k
Ashley Townsend
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I know, I know. I'm not supposed to rate my own books. But this is honestly the type of book I love. I fangirl over my characters every time I sit down to write! ^_^ ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What the book is about:

One choice can define your future.
At first, Sarah’s return to twelfth century Serimone is as wonderful as she could have hoped—reconnecting with Will and celebrating the union of her two friends—but things quickly fall to pieces when she uncovers something that could unsettle the new regime. Before she can share this information, Sarah is forcibly whisked away by the one man she thought she’d never see again: Damien Lisandro, the friend who betrayed her and the traitor who
Tricia Mingerink
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There aren't enough stars to rate this book! It is amazing!

It took me far too long to get around to reading this book, but it turns out I read it right when I needed to. This book is all about goodbyes and living life and moving on and that's just what I needed.

The first part of the book starts of slow. It is all nice stuff to read about, but the book really doesn't get going until after about 8o to 100 pages in. But then, I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. This book really brings
Krina Satra (BooksAndBookmarks)
I was chosen to be a beta-reader for this book *cries with joy* by Ashley for an honest review of this installment in her amazing trilogy.


I just completed Defying Shadows and have been having bitter-sweet feelings ever since. I'm so sad that this wonderful series is over and that there won't be any more Sarah or Will or Damien in my life...

As for the review, I cannot possibly say much to criticize Ash's work, however, some plot twists were kinda foreseeable, I enjoye
Wilma Monica
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book was sent to me for 'beta-reading' and thankyou for Ashley for giving me the chance to do so! ^^

I have to be honest!
I hate Ebook.. Hahaha.. I dont read ebook and it's indeed making me the worst reading slump ever. But! I believe I would end this book for over a day or two if I have the physical one, because you know what


and that epilogue... Gah! That was brilliant.
I dont have anything else to say other than I love
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
let me just start off by saying that i am in love with this book! the story is written fantastically and while maintaining a gripping storyline with tons of plot twists (lmao), the book also gives importance to various virtues like friendship, sacrifice and faith in the almighty. the book is narrated by the first person's point of view, and the author has included a quotation before the beginning of each chapter which i think is a lovely special touch to the novel.
the story kept me completely en
Nov 30, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf-never-again
I just … can't. Skipped to the end to see how it all worked out. ...more
Anne Z.
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed and I cried and one day later my heart still cries out!

I was very lost to start, as I have not read the prequels to the book. But after a few pages in, I was hooked.
The book has everything a fan of Young Adult science fiction could hope for. Romance, plot twists, mystery, adventure, joyful and sorrowful moments... I would be very surprised if the book did not bring out some deep emotions within you.
The theme of unconditional love and friendship can be found through out and it affecte
Nick Cincotta
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will try to make this review as honest as I can, but realize that I very much have a biased opinion. I cannot say that it is good or not, but I throughly enjoyed it. Ashley's writing has matured since Rising Shadows and has vastly improved since chasing shadows. She maintained her ability to paint vivid pictures through her diction and brought the reader as if they were at Serimone, and her description of the ruins was well written and descriptive. She wrote about specific scenes that brought ...more
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Huge thanks to the wonderful author, Ashley Townsend, for providing me with a copy of Defying Shadows to beta-read!:)

*4.5 stars*

Wow, what a phenomenal finale to an amazing trilogy! It's crazy for me to think about how talented Ashley has gotten at crafting such brilliant novels with captivating plot lines. With each book she writes her characters become more developed, her writing more gripping, and storylines more riveting. It was nearly impossible to get me to put Defying Shadows down, the res
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This third and final book in the Rising Shadows trilogy does not disappoint. Though the plot could move a touch slowly at times, and I saw almost all the major plot twists coming, it was still a very well written and intricately plotted story.

Sarah seemed a bit stronger than she did in previous books, and I'm glad the author didn't take things too quickly with the romance, nor did she just forget about her family back in the future.

The ending was strong and satisfying, though a touch bitterswe
Megan McCullough
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm dying of feels right now. Amazing book. ...more
Sarah Cnossen
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My favorite, by far, of the Chasing Shadows series!! The characters, the story, the adventures, all lead up to a fantastic ending. Well done, Ashley Townsend! well done. :]
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ahh where did my review go?!
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Review link of the complete trilogy:
Katie (ReadiculousGirl)
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review coming closer to release date!
Christine Smith

Can I just leave the review at that? I don’t feel like anything else needs to be said. Okay, fine.

Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend is the 3rd and final installment of the Rising Shadows trilogy. And what a finale it was! Once I finished the last page, I just had to sit there for a minute so my tornado of emotions could have some quiet time and calm themselves down.

These stories are about Sarah Matthews, a 21st century gal who got swept into the 12th century by accident by some
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of her book to review honestly.

Unfortunately, none of the characters really spoke to me. Granted, this could be because I haven’t read the other books in the series, which more than likely hindered my experience because I couldn’t really map out the character development of Sarah or the others. My experience with the characters were based solely on Defying Shadows, with no real previous knowledge of their actions in previous books.

However, the book d
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m NOT a crier, and I cried MULTIPLE TIMES over this lovely book. It’s sooo good. ❤️ the perfect ending to an epic series! And thanks Ashley for putting up with my yelling at you for what you put these poor characters through, GIF texting ALL THE FEELS, and writing this awesome series! ❤️😘 So proud of you friend! *hugs*
Terri Rand
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to finally get to finish the adventures of Sarah and Will and all their friends. Defying Shadows was a terrific ending to a wonderful trilogy. The ending really had me smiling! I thoroughly enjoyed these books and am looking forward to reading more books by Ashley Townsend.
Hannah Enloe
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure I’ve ever cried so much in sadness and happiness reading a book. It took me three months to read it because I didn’t want it to end! I love Ashley’s writing so much and I can’t wait to read her next book!
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing end to the trilogy. Everything was wrapped up, people got their happy endings, and everything is right in Serimone and our world.
Cassie C
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Review to come!

Update 4/15/16:

See more reviews on my blog Novels and Necklaces

I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Ashley for letting me be a beta-reader for the last book in the Rising Shadows series!! This was the first time I ever was a beta-reader and it was the most amazing experience! To have an author such as Ashley truly listen to her fans and take their opinions and thoughts into consideration was so nice and sweet. Anyway moving on with the review...


The last book in the Rising Sh
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Defying Shadows is the story of a young college student, Sarah, who is just about to start her Christmas vacation, when she gets an unexpected visit from her best friend and is suddenly (not for the first time) thrown back in time to the 12th century to the charming medieval kingdom of Serimone.

This book has it all. My most admired thing about this book though is the way each character is so imperfectly human, and how easily I am able to feel and understand each emotion with how well written th
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank Ms. Ashley Townsend for sending me a copy of this book.

Defying Shadows is a great book but I didn't really love it.
I like how the author wrote the book but there are also some times when I get distracted. I sometimes feel like there are too much words. Too much description and everything.
I had a hard time reading the first part, I was really confused but I think the questions I had were answered as I continue to read and learn abut the characters more. I like the characters es
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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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