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Circle of Shadows

(Circle of Shadows #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,750 ratings  ·  683 reviews
A thrilling new fantasy series full of magic and betrayal—from Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of the Crown’s Game series.

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—mark
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 12/5/19

January Fairyloot Box. Okay, mine was damaged but I tell all about it in the goodie link under my picture. Fairyloot is on it to replace it =)


Thank God I freaking loved it!! I loved the world, the characters, the magic, all of it!! I love Sora (Spirit) and Daemon (Wolf)! They are the best fighting couple and I have to wait FOREVER for the next book. It better be good!!

On another note: Here’s the artwork of the couple that came in my FairyLoot box;
one step forward, two steps back - thats what happened to miss evelyn skye with the release of this book and its so unfortunate.

this book reads like a first draft that hasnt seen any sort of editing or polishing. it has the promise of a great story and all the basic ideas are there, but it feels as if its been sloppily thrown together. which is not what i would expect from an author who has already written such a memorable series, one that i adored.

and i really wanted to rate this based on wha
Vicky Again
I had a lot of trouble with the portrayal of culture in this book. Our fiction does not exist in a bubble, separate from the real world. Not when things like diverse representation have a very real impact on kids out there, thus we cannot say art is separate from our world.

UPDATE 2/3/2019: Someone asked Skye, and she mentioned how it is
“not based off Japan, but rather a made up country and culture. I imagine it not as an ethnically singular place, but a kingdom where lineage is mixed. The race
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Work hard. Mischief harder.

Sora is an 18 year old taiga apprentice. She is in her last year of school and bound to Deamon, another apprentice and her gemina, through a mental connection. Both of them have been marked by the goddess Luna to be warriors and are trained in combat with magic abilities to serve the empire.

The Kingdom of Kichona has seen peace in the last decade, since the defeat of Prince Gin in the Blood Rift. Ruled by the benevolent Empress Aki, taigas and citizens have rebuild th
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
official blurb TK. i loved this!
alana ♡
Jan 18, 2019 marked it as dnf
The premise of the this story sounded SO incredibly good but GAHHHH this was just so overly descriptive. Like, Strange the Dreamer descriptive. Which now that I look back on I also should have DNF'ed.

I was about 25% of the way through when I started skimming this, because I really wasn't missing much, just the color of everyones clothes. I was also extremely thrown by the names of the characters in this book. Every character has their name given to them at birth and then their name given to them
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
3.5 stars

Thank you to the Balzer + Bray for sending me a review copy via Edelweiss and finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was one of my most anticipated 2019 releases, but it just wasn’t for me.

Instead, it was exhausting. And also one of my biggest letdowns as of late. It started off great, then got soooo slow, then weird and unconvincing. Honestly, I’m really proud of myself for actually having finished this - I was so close to DNFing it and that is something I adamantly try t
Adah Udechukwu
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Circle of Shadows was an exceptional read. I loved every moment.
I feel very confused...

Circle of Shadows was one of those books that I was dying to dive into. Especially with all the marketing around it. However, after finishing this audiobook.. I feel so confused about things that happened in this book.

Now the book started off with a bang but then it just got boring rather quickly. Plus, this is an audio so I have no idea how I could get bored listening to a book but it became a real thing for me. I liked the world building and the magical aspect of this, h
Jodi Meadows
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like anime, you should give this book a shot!
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

Circle of Shadows is a book that I thought sounded interesting, but not like anything too special. Oh, was I wrong. This fantasy tale was far more captivating than I had imagined. The world building, plot and characters were all done really well, which is rare. I found this to be a pretty fun read, although a bit slow paced.

Circle of Shadows followed a group of 4 friends as they trie
Dannii Elle
Gemina twins, Sora and Daemon, are two apprentice Tiger warriors. Sora completes all challenges set during their training with an unpractised ease and Daemon fights with a whip-sharp speed and skill, making them a deadly duo. But apparently not to those in charge.

Their discovery, that the Empress'es brother has returned to retake the throne, is met with little interest. The pair decide it is up to them to infiltrate this new enemy's camp and save their kingdom from becoming brainwashed by a magi
Ardent Reader
The starting was great but while reading further I felt that the same thing was repeated over and over again.
But then again the world building was so good although the story began in a slow pace.
The romantic side of the story was totally unexpected at the end.
And there were some issues regarding the names...... Broomstick 🤣
Anyway I would like to recommend to anyone who would love to read books where the main character is a teenage girl who finds it hard to obey the rules.

Work hard. Mischief ha
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
oof this book got mixed reviews so I thought I’d give it a shot but man did I play myself

the characters were just so predictable, even their physical traits seemed generic
Sora: mischievous, blonde, effortlessly great at magic, has freckles
prince Gin: a villain, disfigured, exiled but came back to take rEvEnGe
Glass Lady: stern old lady, seems to hate the kids, actually been rooting for them since the start

and that love triangle? where did it come from can someone please explain whY it popped up o
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2018-reads
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ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you Balzer + Bray and HarperCollins!!)

Evelyn Skye can do no wrong in my eyes. bold statement, but I am here for anything and everything she has ever and will ever write, and I’m not gonna lie, I’ve felt BEYOND giddy since the day I got approved for this ARC, and I’m so thrilled and thoroughly relieved that I can happily approve and endorse this b
Aug 08, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

This review and others like it can be found on my blog, Vicariously & Voraciously

ARC provided through Edelweiss for a fair review. No star rating due to DNF status.

Sora and Daemon, her gemina, or bonded warrior are about to graduate to be taiga warriors. But before they graduate the once thought to be dead Prince Gin is spotted by the pair.

The Story-
This book sounded so good. I am not sure if it's just me, but I just can't read it anymore. At 30% I was already starting to speed read and skim as
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This was an ok-ish book.

For the life of me I couldn’t think of the characters as 18 year olds, most of the time I thought they were around 12-15. The writing is too simplistic, maybe that was the reason I read it as a middle grade book, the premise is interesting but that too isn’t build up so the whole book felt like a first draft. I didn’t get attached to the characters and didn’t particularly care what happens to them or to the kingdom.

Before this I read (read: tried to) some books that did
greta ☁️
Feb 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
unfortunately, i had to dnf.
i tried, i really did 😂 at first, it was alright. it wasn't anything special. it still intrigued me and made me think of what was happening next. but then i didn't connect with any of the characters, the plot or even the idea of the story. it was all so plain, so boring... the writing style was simple and easy to understand, so that's a plus i guess. but other than that, it only put me in a reading slump, i felt like i forced myself to pick this up and read a
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
2.5 Stars
“The Council pressed their fists over their chests. Every single apprentice and warrior rose from their seats and followed. ‘Cloak of night. Heart of light,’ they shouted in unison. It was a pledge of love and loyalty. And it was a battle cry.”

I was hoping to find a new favorite with Circle of Shadows becuase The Crown’s Game is one of my favorite books. Unfortunately, I just didn’t quite connect with the world or these characters enough for me to enjoy the story. We follow
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
This book really surprised me.  I knew it sounded good, but I'm shocked at how much I loved it.  The pacing was great and I read it way faster than most fantasies. 

The characters were what stood out most.  Sora (spirit) had so much strength.  She never gave up and wanted to be the best person she could be.  Her gemina, Daemon (Wolf) was so supportive of Sora.  His strength was fighting, but he wasn't very good at magic.  Daemon didn't know who his family was and he definitely made Sora and the o
Oct 31, 2019 marked it as the-nope-wagon
Sounds shallow but the reviews are unfavourable.
Aug 25, 2018 added it
Shelves: arc, 2018
Putting this down.

So far the characters are pretty flat and something about the dialogue seems especially juvenile.
Blodeuedd Finland
I am thinking magical ninja warriors at the moment, just that will suffice. In this world those with magic (ok this country, which is rather unfair to be honest, why just this country!?) are sent to become Taiga warriors. Trained to be the best warriors and to hone their skills, to protect country and Empress.

It is very YA. It was a fun ride, yes there are things that bothered me, but sometimes the read can still be enjoyable for the moment.

Like how the Evil Person was way too powerful. Why even
Spoiler free mini review.

2.5 stars.

Overall this book was fine. I liked most of it but it was predictable and bland.

What I liked about it was the overall plot. It was very action driven, clear and full of twists, I didn’t really get bored due to that. I mean magical ninjas in training; who doesn’t want to read about that! I overall had fun reading it, which is the most important! Furthermore I really liked the ending! It made me really want to read the next book even though I wasn’t blown away b
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Try harder at school. Push yourself when you become a warrior. But more important, be the best person you can be.”

This was an interesting read!
I did quite enjoy it. Looking through lower rating reviews I completely see their points as well but for me and he enjoyment I had reading this I decided to give it a 4⭐️

It was sloppy in some places and some parts felt kinda rushed, like towards the end the wrap up of the book was pushed in the last 50 pages or so, I was worried that when that happen
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I hadn't DNFed a book in a year and a half before I dove into this one. And I can honestly say I've never been sadder to not finish a book. But it simply was not going well. And I think this could very much be a case of "it isn't the book, it's me", so please take this into account. Sometimes I don't get along with fantasy as much as other genres, and sometimes it's definitely me!  I mad
Tasha  Ní Mhiacháin
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“In a sky littered with asteroids, he was the North Star.”

I’m annoyed with myself for taking so long to get to this book. I think it has a lot to do with past disappointments with books that have new magic systems and different cultures but this book was incredible.

Evelyn described her world, Kichona, in such a way that it felt like I was there alongside the taiga warriors.

I finished it last night, but I needed a while to get my feels together.

Daemon is PRECIOUS!! If anyone harms a hair on hi
Denia  Books & Baubles
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Guys, this book was really good. I enjoyed it very much. It was very different and at least for me, I got introduced to a world I've never heard of. 

Circle of Shadows follows the story of the Kingdom of Kichona (I still don't know how to pronounce that). The book is written in the third person narrative and it follows a lot of characters throughout the book, which was very nice and appreciated because if you are going to write in the third person, I want to know about every character, not just o
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Evelyn Skye is the New York Times bestselling author of THE CROWN’S GAME and CIRCLE OF SHADOWS series.

She has a B.A. in Russian literature & history from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Evelyn was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was good enough to be on “World of Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she

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