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Blood and Shadow

(The Mage's Gift #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A vengeful mage. A powerful gift. A naive youth. 

Sherakai never wanted to become a warrior like his father and brothers. Satisfied with being fourth in line to inherit title and responsibility, he wants only to be Master of the Horse. But on the eve of his sister’s wedding, a terrible gift arrives and Sherakai’s course changes forever. His magic is the key to secrets he do
Kindle Edition, 518 pages
Published December 8th 2016
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Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a skillfully done coming of age story. The author has a nice way with words and the story flows smoothly. Although so far, the world building isn't terribly detailed, we're given some intriguing glimpses of the wider world, and I'm hoping the author will explore that world in greater detail in the sequel. I thought the author had a deft touch with her characterizations, particularly the young protagonist, who is, of course, the typical teenage boy who is more than he thinks he is. Howeve ...more
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Sheraki (Kai) youngest son of house Tanoshi is an untamed mage. He thinks he wants to be a horse Master but he really doesn’t know what he wants to do, he just knows it’s not be a warrior like his brothers.

Kai’s sister Mimeru is getting sicker with a mysterious illness. Bairith (her husband) wants to take Kai back with them to their home, to train him and to help with Miremu but we all know what Bairith really wants. I was wishing here that we didn’t know Bairith’s intentions because there isn’t
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing story telling

It has been a while since I came across a new writer I enjoyed reading as much as I have this one. Sherakal is an innocent young man who is stolen away from home by his brother-in-law. Because of the promise of the magic will one day be a part of him, his kidnapper wants to train Sharskai, subject him to his will, and ultimately use his magic for his own nefarious reasons. Sherakai is tortured, kept in check through threats to his sister, and trained in a way to break his mo
C.S. Lane
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well Done

I chose this first book in the series because I had read other fantasy books similar to this one, but I wasn't familiar with this author's work and thought I'd take a chance.

The only area for improvement would be that sometimes the author used the wrong character name which can be confusing.

The author delivered with this, the first book in this new series. He gave readers a wonderfully formed circle of characters, setting, plot, and climax. I definitely would read more in this series.

Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Lythgoe. Wonderful description of the growth of Sherakai and a gripping tale. Gripping not so much thanks to unknown bad guys or fascinating story twists, but rather by the battle of will (and character) between a young, naive boy and a grown, very very powerful and experienced bad guy. To see how Sherakai tries to find his personal way while, at the same time. battling the thrust upon him way made this book a page-turner for me. And yes, while trying to find his way, there ...more
Jade Zahreddine
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. Well fleshed out, well edited, and the pacing was strong. Not cliche or predictable in the least which kept me guessing. Rich but not smothering. Closer to Kingkiller Chronicles in style and prose than to the generic fiction that has flooded the fantasy genre recently.
Larry Plemmons
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The only reason it might have been hard to read is because it was packed so darn full of emotion! The story is well worth the time and effort you put into it, and that is all a reader can truly ask for.
Christine J Randall
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The writing style and pacing produced wonderful imagery and I was able to let myself relax and just go with it. At no time was it ever boring.

I read these books using my Kindle Unlimited membership. Sometime ago, I had received a free copy of Blood and Shadow during a book promotion. I recall starting to read the story, but not sure if I finished it back then. I was a little disappointed that the same technical glitch I noticed then still existed in the Kindle ap
C.M. Lance
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is known that young Sherakai has magic. It seemed that it was mostly the ability to befriend and influence animals, particularly, his favorite, their rare horses. However, his brother-in-law, a half elf, has other plans. He kidnaps Sherakai to train him for his own purposes. Sherakai's gentle nature doesn't take well to the warrior training, but it changes him profoundly. I had to immediately purchase the next book in the series. Now I'm sad. the third book isn't out yet, but I'll wait. ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable

A story that sucked me in and kept me enthralled all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the character development as well as the internal struggle of our hero. Bravo maestro
Ellis McNair
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great reading

Loved it can't wait for the next one to come the story lone is good what can I say great work.
Barbara Pesta
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The fleshing of characters is terrific. Story line was great. Going to get the second book right now!Wish I had such a wonderful imagination!
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in this series and it has me completely enthralled both by the plot as well as the characters. The world building is extremely well done, drawing us into the world of Tairenth where we get to meet the spunky character of Sherakai and his honourable family and the evil mage Bairith. Sherakai is small for his age, loves books and horses and never wanted to be a warrior like his family before him, he was also the youngest and the fourth son yet when evil dooms his family he i ...more
Agnes Conway
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half of this book was really gripping - the writer makes you care about the secondary characters. I found that the second half dragged a bit, hence three rather than four stars. Looking forward to the follow-up books.
Tony Sommer
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating story. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down until I finished the story.
Julie Bird
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent fantasy!
Ann Carter
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A tale of thwarted efforts

Well written tale but a long catalogue of woes. Let's hope Kai has a bit more joy in his life from here on. I wait with bated breath to hear.
maria beckman
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

It keep you in tense of what happen next hard to guest of what would be next I loved it
Kieron Uchee
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Story about a spoiled kid.

The story is well written but in the end you have spent hours reading about a spoiled kid. The promise was there but did not show up. This is strictly my biased opinion having read the book. Some well like the story and it is worth reading on ku to see if you like it.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Started off well but turned into such a tiresome read. A whiny 15 year old protagonist who doesn't progress in character and a plot that is pretty thin. Quite honestly it reads like the author wanted to just fluff out a really slim story in hopes of writing book two and three. Someone could have perhaps reminded her that you have to generate enough interest and investment in the characters for anyone to read the next instalment. I certainly am not interested. ...more
Cory Rose
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Good story weak characters

Liked the story didn't like the main character. A 15 year old that acts like a 6 year old, whiny, which is my main complaint, weak, but clever, the most charming thing about him. The story is good, but many questions arise and are never answered. The writing was good all the characters had some depth and were distinguishable, I'd read another to see where the story goes.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting beginning. Books usually have a hook. So did this.
Then another, deeper; then, yet another.
I lost count.

But by the time I'd past all the hooks, it had moved to presing need to continue. Very catching.

Good story.


I received the book as a gift; prize for winning a contest I did not know I was in.

I expect I will read the sequels ...
Darrin L.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
A Truly Depressing Story

I do not understand why author write depressing stories. Torture, beatings, more torture.....why would a gone want to read this carp is beyond me.

The book's advertised story on Amazon is a complete lie. Save yourself and avoid this book.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok but not great

This was a decent read. Not the best book I have ever read but kept my interest. Not sure if I will read the second book though. If I can't find something else this will do. Overall it was ok but not great.
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Robin Lythgoe was born in Maryland, but spent several years in Oregon and did a short stint in upstate New York before winding up in Utah. She married an artist, and together they have four wonderful children. Reading and writing have always been a part of her life, and she is particularly drawn to fantasy. When she was growing up her mother often led expeditions to the library, from which the ent ...more

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