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Siege of Shadows

(Effigies #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  784 ratings  ·  104 reviews
There’s nowhere to hide.

Not when you’re an Effigy. No matter where they go, Maia and the other Effigies can’t escape the eyes of the press—especially not after failing to capture Saul, whose power to control the monstrous Phantoms has left the world in a state of panic. It’s been two months since Saul’s disappearance, and there’s still no sign of him, leaving the public to
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Sankalpa Dulal Yes, Ms. Raughley has said there will be 3 books in all.
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Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley is the second book in the Effigies series. A young adult science fiction fantasy series readers were introduced in the first book to high school student Maia Finley who knew that one of her idols must have died because Maia had been chosen to take her place as the new Fire Effigy. There were always four Effigies at any given time and when one died another young girl is chosen by fate to inherit the magical abilities of one of the four elements.

When the city of
Chelsies Reading Escape
Sailor Moon meets Pacific Rim, YES PLEASE!! The concept and the world with all its dangerous monsters was super fascinating. I enjoyed the scifi and superhero vibe. Not to mention how the mysterious plot drove me to keep reading so I could uncover where the deadly phantoms come from and what the antagonists ultimate goals were. I thought Saul made an intriguing antagonist and I loved how I never knew who to trust. I thought the action was fantastic and made for a gripping pace. I also really lik ...more
Aneta Bak
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Warning: This book contains a huge cliffhanger ending!

Saul has escaped, and its up to Maya and the other Effigies to find him and capture him. The only problem is that he has gone off the grid for over two months, with no leads. The other problem is, that Sect employees let Saul out, meaning that the Sect can no longer be trusted. So when a mysterious dying man in the desert tells the Effigies that there are Effigie-like soldiers coming for them, the Effigies don't know who to trust, or how to g
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it


*Disclaimer: A copy of Siege Of Shadows by Sarah Raughley was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.


It feels like I just read Fate Of Flames yesterday...but it also doesn't?! On one hand, I still remember everything that happened in the first novel. On the other, it feels like I have ben waiting for this sequel for a while now! I've been eager to find out what happens next with the Effigies and I was so happy wh
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Raughley’s follow up to Fate of Flames so if you enjoyed that then your anxious waiting to find out the Fate of her intrepid characters will feel like it had been well worth it.

You definitely need to make sure you have already read the first because all the world building, rules, foundation and so forth is all encased there and you won’t have the full picture otherwise. Especially as the first chapter drops you right in the thick of things. She does provide a small kind of wrap up to hel
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
Wow, this book was just so fantastic! So enjoyable, and so much happened, and then that ending! That hurt, and then was such a cliffhanger! I need the final book in this trilogy!
Maria Mejia
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was much better than the first one. There was a lot more detail and character development. Though it seemed to be a lot about Maia. The girls all finally grew up and grew backbones. The ending was heartbreaking and such a crazy cliffhanger. The plot really took a great turn and it wasn't confusing to follow. I'm looking forward to reading the third book! ...more
Ameema Saeed

Sydney (sydneysshelves) West
Good installment. I liked it better than the first. Ending felt rushed . Also saw part of it coming.
Britnee Weir
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Taylor Berman
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I can even form a coherent sentence right now.


This book isn't even out yet and I'm already dying for the next one. I know I say all the time for every book that I need the next book right now, but that need has never been so desperate.

If you liked Fate of Flames, this sequel will have you hooked from page one, and the ending will leave you with such a mix of emotions that you won't even know how to feel.

Also as an aside, there's a scene of an awards
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0


Siege of Shadows is the second installment in author Sarah Raughley's The Effigies series. 16-year old Maia Finley has taken her place as the fire Effigy alongside Lake, Chae Rin, and Belle, who has been an Effigy for 6 years. Each of the Effigies have the power of different elements like fire, earth, water, and air. Each one of the Effigies can also summon weaponry unique to each of their elements. There are four Effigies at an
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not even sure where to start on this review...SIEGE OF SHADOWS left me reeling! If you're unfamiliar with this book, SIEGE OF SHADOWS is the sequel to FATE OF FLAMES, the first book in Sarah Raughley's Effigies series. Set in an alternate version of our world where spirit-like monsters called phantoms exist and plague the world, the series follows one main character named Maia. Maia is an Effigy, one of four girls with elemental powers able to fight the phantoms. These books have serious Sai ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So! Siege of Shadows!

I have not reacted this strongly to an urban fantasy/sci-fi YA novel since The Revenge of Seven came out in 2014 where I physically threw the book across the room. I almost did that here - instead, I just set the book down and mouthed what the fuck and let the twists sink in. Even knowing some of the plot twists from accidentally spoiling myself, I could not believe the reveal. That's the sign of an excellent writer.

This book follows the events of Fate of Flames, as Maia and
Jesse Nicholas
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-books
SIEGE OF SHADOWS by Sarah Raughley is the sequel to last year's fantastic debut, Fate of Flames. For centuries, four girls are bestowed elemental powers to fight off the monster like phantoms and protect the world from destruction. They are called the Effigies. In the present day, new Effigy Maia and her oddball team of girls must face a new threat, Saul and his plans to destroy or save (however you look at it) world. They must learn to work together to get to the bottom of this global disaster ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
High-stakes, non-stop action, and a level of dark mystery we haven’t seen yet in this story. We often talk about second book syndrome in a series but it’s not often I find a sequel to far surpass its predecessor in quality. Siege of Shadowsgives us everything I was hoping for in Fate of Flames. We get answers to some of the too many questions we were left with and much needed backstory, but we also get tension and character development and riveting drama and a whole new level of ruthless. I enjo ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the beginning and middle of this book was a little hard to get through, some chapters really slow. but towards the end it did pick up pace, some cool plot twists and a very big cliffhanger :(. but i liked it better then the first book.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Daphnee (daphneereads)
DNF, it put me in a slump and the format was not the best to read on my phone. Can’t get into this series.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is probably more of a 3.5, but I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I expected, so I'm willing to round up to a 4.

Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great second book in the series with lots of action and drama.
Claire ✨
SIEGE OF SHADOWS is a stronger instalment in the EFFIGIES series.

Terrorist Saul's influence is growing. Maia and the other Effigies must work together to discover his motives, uncover the past, hide from those that would betray them, and stop him before it's too late.

This book was a lot stronger than the first. Raughley weaves the events of the first book back into the second as a refresher, allowing me to catch up relatively easily. Ironically it was easier to parse Saul and his multiple person
**I received an ARC for this book

Actual rating: 2.5-3 stars.

There were so many things about this book that was disappointing. I enjoyed the last book because of the author's world building, and the premise. However, so many things just fell through the cracks, and I wound up disappointed - despite the cliffhanger (which I hate).

The four girls were just meh, there was nothing gripping to me about them. There was no character growth at all, and they were very all one dimensional. Not only that,
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Action-packed, emotional, and OMG that ending! When is book 3 coming out?!
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
also i finally started shipping the ship
i want the next book to be in Belle's pov. i so want.
I had a lot of fun reading this. I had a hard time rating this, because I really did enjoy it, but objectively there were just some things that weren't amazing.... so yeah.

First off, there were at least 2 physical errors in this book. One grammatical, and another was just worded badly, like a sentence was repeated??!? I dunno, it's kinda hard to explain and I'm too lazy to find the part in the book. I get that everyone is human, and that editors mess up, but if I caught it that easily, I'm mildl
Nov 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughly from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Set to be released in North America on November 21, 2017, Siege of Shadows is the second book in Sarah Raughley’s Effigies series (which is a planned trilogy). Siege of Shadows follows up the lack luster performance of Fate of Flames (November 22, 2016). In this second installment, Maia and the other Effigies seek out the true origins of the Phantoms that terrorize
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
How to describe Book 2 of these Effigies in one word...CREEPY. The writing style is great, LOVE the scenes where these four girls must work together in defeating bad guys and phantoms, and Maia has an incredible heart doing all she can to protect this "family" she is now part of.

Chae Rin is my fave character; she has such a mouth on her but she is real and very loyal to the others. No matter how hurt she gets physically, she is always ready to protect the other girls and humanity against Saul an
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I do want to preface this review by saying that it's been a WHILE since I've read the first book in the series, so I couldn't remember the story incredibly well, and that might've affected my opinion of the second book somewhat. ^^;

With that being said, I, unfortunately, didn't really enjoy reading Siege of Shadows: the underlying story line is really interesting, and has a lot of promise, but I feel like the actual /execution/ of the story is very lacking. ^^; Which I'm pretty sure is how I vie
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Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the ...more

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