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The Chosen #1

Mother of Shadows

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"It's not a story."

With four words, Helena’s quiet life goes up in flames. When her childhood friend returns to tell her she is the prophesied ruler of the Chosen—those blessed with the gift of magic—there’s no avoiding her destiny.

Suddenly, Helena is surrounded by a circle of protectors, each man having sworn their loyalty to her since her birth. All except for one: her Mate.

It’s not enough that she learn how to use her magic and undergo a trial to prove her worthiness; in order to claim her title, Helena must also find the man who carries the other half of her soul.

Exiled due to a past he had no part in, Von is the last man the Chosen expect Helena to select. Despite their protests, his soul calls to hers, and there’s no denying he was made for her. But the prophecy stands...and all isn’t as it seems.

There’s an enemy lurking within plain sight who will stop at nothing to destroy her.

Fans of KF Breene and Ilona Andrews will fall in love with The Chosen by Meg Anne.

259 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 23, 2017

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Meg Anne

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Meg loves to write about sassy heroines and the men that love them. She is best known for her adult fantasy romance series The Chosen, which can be found on Amazon.

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140 reviews26 followers
December 19, 2017
DNF@ 53%
Feels like there isn't much to the plot, and at halfway through the book I'm still not invested in the story or the characters. The insta-love...sort of makes sense due to the whole Mate thing, but I'm still not a huge fan of how it was done here.

All I got from reading this is that Alina is extremely beautiful, she wears extremely beautiful clothes, her Circle is always proud of her, she is extremely powerful, everyone loves her, and Von is really hot.

Also, she is extremely beautiful.
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208 reviews126 followers
February 8, 2018
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the author, Meg Anne, for an honest review


*Ding ding ding*…. Addiction alert!

This series…is like a Cheez-it, a salt and vinegar chip, a girl scout cookie, a Hersey’s Kiss! YOU CAN’T HAVE JUST ONE! You can’t just read a few chapters and put this book down, you MUST devour the entire story in one sitting! I love a fantasy story where a female lead is a complete and total badass in a fight., but I REALLY love when that same female turns into an all-powerful demonic queen (for good of course). You go girl!

A prophecy has been foretold that a Damaskiri would rise and become the most powerful of all magical beings, even more so than the first of the Chosen. But with the acceptance of her title as ruler, the Shadow Years would begin, and her true power would be tested. Those gifted in magic may wield one, and sometimes more, of the branches; Earth, Water, Fire and Air. But only the Damaskiri may wield magic of the Spirit branch, thus making her the strongest of all the mother’s chosen.

Helena has spent the last 20 years believing that she was one of the few who were born without magic, an ungifted, and in turn living a simple and quiet life. But the return of an old friend brings shocking news; Helena is the Damaskiri and she was hidden away at birth in order to keep her soul pure and innocent. Now with her new title, Helena is thrust into a world where she carries the weight of so many on her shoulders. Only she can keep the darkness from touching the lives of those she cares about, but only if she is able to keep the darkness from reaching her soul.

Dedication for every girl that still carries a dream in her heart, this one is for you.
- Meg Anne, Dedication – Mother of Shadows

This series feels a little bit like Throne of Glass and a little bit like Sowing by Angie Grigaliunas but is a unique and interesting series all on its own. The idea for this series is really creative, and for some reason I am all about a series with a prophecy lately. Helena is in her 20’s and is told by her childhood friend Darrin that she is now the Damaskiri, who is the ruler and most powerful of magical beings. She is taken into the palace and thrown into lessons, given a circle of men who are her protectors and advisors, and must find a mate.

Oh yes, you heard me! A mate! Enter: Von. Von is that male character we all know and love. The ginormous brooding warrior who has a bad reputation and a sarcastic attitude. I love the introduction to his character, which is at this festival where any male may come forward and present Helena with a gift in an attempt to be her mate. As soon as Helena meets Von there is an instant connection between them, but I thought their relationship went WAY too fast. I understand that their souls instantly recognized each other, but where was the “getting to know each other” stage? I would have preferred the beginning stages to have been stretched out a bit more, but what can you do. I adore Von, especially because he had such a terrible reputation at the beginning. Not to mention he is a fierce warrior and extremely gentle with Helena.

“Smiling to herself, Helena closed her eyes and wondered how anyone would think Von was heartless. ‘Because I was until I found you.’”

From the beginning of the story, the author does a series of “switch backs” from the present to past moments. She executed them well and there wasn’t any confusion for me, even though the “switch backs” were only separated by a new paragraph. I did find the first part of this story to be a bit confusing though, in that the author doesn’t explain the Damaskiri and the chosen all that well until later. It’s one of those things where you must keep reading to figure out what everything means, but you eventually pick it up. The MOST confusing for me however, was the lack of indication for how much time was passing. Between Darrin telling Helena that she is the next Damaskiri and her trial to see if she is worthy, I literally have NO CLUE how much time has passed.
There also wasn’t a lot of moments for the reader to see Helena training and learning about her abilities and how to act now that she is basically Queen. The reader is sort of just told that she is learning things. Due to the speedy nature of this book, I am left feeling a bit disconnected from the characters. I would have liked to have a bigger idea of who Helena and Von really are by seeing their interactions more, not just being told by the author what their traits are. Furthermore, where exactly is this place located? Are we in another world? Another time? I can’t even recall if a city or kingdom name was ever mentioned.

Though these things were a bit annoying to me, in the end they really don’t hinder my opinion of the story all that much. Where the author lacks in a bit of extra explaining, she fully makes up for it with where she takes this story. I never once found myself bored or uninterested in what was happening, which I find is VERY hard for an author to do. As Helena starts to become stronger and take on her role as the Damaskiri, a lot of sinister moments begin to happen that jeopardizes her people and her relationships. Eventually Helena and her circle, Von and his warriors, and a smattering of others travel to Von’s home. On this journey, this story REALLY begins to form. There is some EPIC battles and the reader gets a glimpse into what Helena can really do with her magic. Mark my words guys, you don’t want to cross this woman when she’s angry. YIKES. In the major battle that happens the reader is introduced to Shadows, which is a corrupted spirit of a chosen. By this point, the reader is subjected to a lot of death and darkness…and it is gripping!

I don’t want to give too much away, but this story leaves you with a HUGE cliffhanger. UGH…what a way to leave the reader (well done Meg). Overall, I really loved the first book in this series. Though I had a few issues with it, I was able to look past them easily and really enjoy the story the author created. There is magic, battles, romance and a TON of witty comments in this story. I found myself laughing constantly from the things these characters would say to each other. With that, I leave you with one:

“Twisting his head, he pressed a tender kiss into the palm of her hand. Eyes closing at the contact, she savored the feel of his lips against her skin. As her hand lowered, her fingers curled into a loose fist.
‘I think I’ll save that for later.’
His lips quirked in amusement, ‘And why’s that?’
‘Just to remember what it feels like to have you eating out of the palm of my hand.’”
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772 reviews627 followers
November 5, 2017

I especially love this one and I hope more people will pick it up so I can gush about how much I enjoyed it! This debut novel from Meg Anne has popped her squarely onto my "authors to love" list. She knows how to weave a tale that causes you to truly feel the emotions of the characters.

“He might be, Damaskiri, but aren’t we all made of both shadows and light? Shadows cannot exist without light though, so you cannot have one and not have the other. Just because he may be that side of you does not make him evil.”

First, I enjoyed that this story was a healthy mix of romance and plot. While the romance in this is integral to the progression of the story itself, it is not overbearing and the nature of this romance is similar to that of Rhysand & Feyre and Desmond & Callie.

This story has a great elemental magic system at play. While most Chosen are only blessed with the ability to wield one type of magic, a select few have mastered multiple branches, and only the Damaskiri is blessed with the ability to wield magic from the Spirit branch. This is where our main character, Helena comes in. Helena has recently discovered she is not the ungifted peasant girl she always believed herself to be. Thrown right into the role of Damaskiri after the death of the previous ruler, the story follows Helena discovering the magic hidden within herself and facing the apprehension she has toward the task ahead of her.

"It matters naught what you fear, or that you find yourself wanting. If you were born for this as they say, then you can do whatever is asked of you."

This story has a full cast of unique characters, but I especially found myself loving Darrin and of course, Von. While Darrin's love for Helena is undeniable due to their childhood spent together, it is his loyalty to her and his duty as Shield that garnered him a spot in my heart as a smol cinnamon roll, right next to Dorian Havilliard. <3 I will protect him with my life.

And Von, oh how he fills up that anti-hero spot nicely. He's all sarcasm and power on the outside, but he is tender and compassionate in his love for Helena. Be forewarned that things get a little steamy in this one. Von presents himself to Helena with other motives at play, but finds himself humbled by the discovery that he is her Mate. Honest regarding his inglorious past, Von takes his new role with stride, becoming a pillar for Helena to lean against when she feels weak and a guiding beacon for her soul to cling to. I adore the interaction between these two and their bond with each other.

“All that I am, is yours. Regardless of what it is that brought me to you, I am yours. I belong to you, and I will strive to be worthy of you.”

Lastly, THAT ENDING! OMGAHHHHH. Yes, it is a cliffhanger, but I still loved it nonetheless. I was seething with emotion at the end of this and truly felt the hurt and rage projected by the characters. I've also found myself a new favorite character to hate and despise with a vengeance. While their untrustworthiness was no real secret to me as a reader, their actions at the end were incredibly despicable and I'm pretty certain I'll be wishing them a slow, painful death in the next installment (which I am ready for right now!).

I read this on my Kindle but plan to purchase a physical copy of it soon. It's just one of those books I have to own a copy I can put my hands on!

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1,640 reviews1,229 followers
May 17, 2018
If I had had the forethought to queue up another audiobook for my commute home, I wouldn't have finished this book. This was one of those "prophesied one" stories where the girl is so perfect and everyone wants to be her or be with her. She picks her mate from a line-up, gets a magical flying cat-thing, and then promptly loses said mate. And that's basically all that happens. I won't be picking up the rest of the series.
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6,084 reviews215 followers
February 1, 2018
I really hate cliffhangers.

It's like authors love to torture me or something. I can totally be okay with a cliffhanger here and there if the whole series is out but when it isn't - I'm just sad, mad, and super crazy. It drives me nuts because I have no idea how long I have to wait for the next book: a day, a week, a month, a year? WHO KNOWS!

Mother of Shadows was kind of predictable - sorry, it was! However, that doesn't mean I didn't fall in like with this book. Okay, I lied.. it was love. Helena, the MC, can be pretty easy to love but you did get glimpses of a "you got to be kidding me?" moments.

Romance? Oh yes, there is a very predictable and super stereotypical love interest for Helena. Doesn't mean I disapprove or anything because I ate that shit up. Honestly, this book seemed like a breeze to me. I feel like maybe this took me an hour to read but a couple of hours before I could type up the review because of traffic from work to home, errands, dinner, wine, tv, literally everything you could think of - I did it before I sat down and opened my laptop.

Mother of Shadows was a good book. It could've been great if it wasn't so predictable. Also, it could have been longer. To me it just seemed way too short and I kind of was underwhelmed throughout most of the book. Well, until the ending of course. I don't really know how else to explain it - I just wanted more from this book. More information. More depth. More of something else.

Overall, I liked it. I'm glad that I took another opportunity to do a read it and reap for this book. I'm glad I got introduced to Meg Anne as an author. I hope the second book is amazing and I can't wait for it come out.
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Helena’s life had always been quiet. In fact, she liked it that way. When her childhood friend returns home and tells her that she is the prophesied ruler of the Chosen, those blessed with the gift of magic, her quiet life goes up in flames.

Suddenly Helena finds herself surrounded by a circle of protectors, each having sworn their loyalty to her since her birth. All except for one: her Mate.

It’s not enough that she learn how to use her magic and undergo a trial to prove her worthiness; in order to claim her title, Helena must also find the man who carries the other half of her soul.

Exiled due to a past he had no part in, Von is the last man the Chosen expect Helena to select. Despite their protests, his soul calls to hers and there’s no denying that he was made for her.

But the prophecy stands and all isn’t as it seems.

There’s an enemy lurking within plain sight who will stop at nothing to destroy her.
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1,385 reviews94 followers
December 23, 2017
A Shadow of Faith

This novel may have garnered 5 stars if part of the plot was a surprise rather than an expected option. Helena's character is easy to empathise with although there is an element of the 'too good to be true' syndrome, I will concede, however, this quality may be considered essential to the plotline. Her love interest is something of a stereotype, however, all this is offset by a pretty good fantasy tale. The novel could have done with more political intrigue to add depth to the plot, particularly considering the length of the book. There is definitely a dose of originality to this story of magic, love and a fantastical realm.
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129 reviews40 followers
February 4, 2019
1.5 stars
- I hate the romance
- I don't care about any of the characters, for the most part, except Helena when she was actually acting as Kiri
- the main plot was okay
- the magic's interesting
- what a waste
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750 reviews53 followers
August 5, 2017
Please brace yourself before reading this book as it's going be a terribly wild and magically induced ride.If you hate a mother of all cliffhangers and do not have the fortitude to endure them than maybe you would be wise to sit this one out until you have the entire collection in your greedy palms.This story is going to have you scratching at your senses seeking an agreeable conclusive ending and that unfortunately is some ways away.
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Author 19 books719 followers
February 9, 2018
Helena has led a humble life, far away from the capital. She is suddenly thrust into the centre of attention, as their new queen, leader, and has access to immense powers.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The story starts off quickly; hurrying to shrug off Helena's background as a peasant, and to move on with her new life as a goddess.
After the death of the last Damaskiri (someone that can access the powerful spirit magic, and the rightful queen), Helena is moved into the palace and trained to take on the role she was born for. With the help of her circle of advisors and her new friends, she must change from peasant to queen. Oh, and she must bond with her life-long Mate, after meeting the eligible suitors only briefly.

I liked the prospect of a magic-fuelled world, an innocent young lady being dropped into the middle of Capital politics.
The wider history and background of this world are barely touched upon. I don't know if the queen is a figure that is liked, hated, someone for people to be in awe of?

The book concentrates on Helena, her Circle, and her Mate. Mostly the Mate.
Oh, and how beautiful Helena is. How lovely, perfect, good-hearted...
She can wear beautiful dresses, have everybody coo over how beautiful she is. They use magic to style her hair beautifully; and it naturally makes her eyes bright and awe-inspiring.
Did I mention she was beautiful?

There's little plot beyond the unification of the main characters. The "bad guy" is fairly obvious; their "bad guy" machinations are pretty straightforward. There aren't any twists or real layers of deceit. Even the "bad guy" was cooing over how much they liked Helena...

To be fair, this is a nice, light, easy-to-read book, and I'd recommend it for the romance addicts. Especially those who like a fantasy flair to it.
It just wasn't my cup of tea.
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368 reviews
September 18, 2017
There are no words for Meg Anne. From what I have been able to dig up, this is her first novel. Yea I wave the BS flag on that one! Her writing is captivating and creates a world that we can not help but want to become lost in from start to finish. Mother of shadows focuses on Helena. Helena believed that she was a farm girl with no magical powers, unlike everyone else, but when her friend returns from the capital her world is turned upside down. She is destined to lead her people surrounded by those sworn to protect her. Von is the exact opposite. He has had to fight for everything that he has in life. Von and Helena are destined to be together. They are the other half of each others soul, but their relationship hangs by a tentative thread. One wrong step and the world they live in will literally come crashing down around them .

Not only is this a love story, but it is about the journey Helena must take in order to lead her people. Helena must be strong not only for herself but for her people. In order to do so she needs her mate Von in more ways than one. He is truly the other have of her soul, where he is dark she is light. Although Meg Anne writes us an insta-love story, this is more than that. Von and Helena's connection goes beyond matter of that heart but truly speaks of souls that are fated to be with one another. We also have our share of action and adventure along the way. Helena is not your typical "princess" no matter how much her Chosen would love her to be. She is the type of female character we all would love to be. She is strong and does not stop other from attempting to defeat her. Meg Anne writes a story that is not only captivating but that reaches a part of your heart. By the time you finish reading, you are emotional spent. I could not put it down, so I went back and read it all over again looking to see if there was something I missed. I just wanted more by the time I was finished, and that is an example of an amazing book.

We all want to be Helena. We want to be able to fight for what is right, and be able to protect the ones that we love most in the world. With an ending like that, you can imagine that I am impatiently waiting for the next installment to be released. If you are looking for a fantasy romance that has everything from dragons to fair maidens then this is the story for you.

****** I have received this book in exchange for an honest review ******
May 25, 2018
Okay here we go. So this book is about a girl called Helena who is the ‘chosen’ leader of the ‘chosen’ and apparently this ‘chosen’ are some supernatural bunch of gifted people in the four different element(fire, water, air, and earth).

Only the ‘chosen’ which is Helena can wield all 4 including the Spirit, and she has a circle which is filled with a bunch of men that are supposed to help her navigate the whole thing. Oh...and the Circle also comprises of her ‘chosen’ mate🙄🙄.

Now Helena is the most goody too shoes, purely pure, unrealistic character ever. I mean everyone is in awe of her power, her beauty, her strength......she is just sooooo perfect!!! 🤮🤮. And the way she snapped from a simple peasant girl, who loved gardening, to the in control no nonsense, respect commanding “KIRI”, gave me whiplash.
Not to mention the absolute lack of chemistry between her and her supposed mate 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️.

I don’t even know why I finished this book, the characters were bland, the plot was predictable, the romance irritatingly horrible, the world building is pitiful!! The only good thing about the book was the ending were something substantial actually happened.

I blame this on the fact that I’m bored just finished my finals, and needed some light read before I delved into some gut-wrenching books, and sadly I’m still going to read the second book. Please pray for my sanity!!
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83 reviews
February 26, 2018

Easy read. Not to much sex or violence. Fairly predictable but in a good way. Read it you'll like it
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November 16, 2020
Helena is just a simple girl who loves to garden...or so she thinks. Nearing her twenty-first name day, her lifelong friend Darrin comes to visit on "business" and tells her she's the next ruler of their land. As it turns out, he didn't stay out in the sun too long and it's all true.

Helena was hidden away as a baby with her magic bound so she would grow up pure and away from court politics as well as the people who'd take advantage of her. Now it's time to come home, reclaim her title, awaken her magic and lead her people all while finding a mate along the way.

As usual, the first chapter was the most confusing so I had to read it slower to understand everything that was happening (and there really was a lot mentioned). I think the author got better at explaining things as the book went on. And the writing style was effective.

The flashbacks were nicely done, even though I would've preferred we'd seen them first instead of being thrown into the action immediately.

The magic system is interesting, I like how Helena can use all five branches, should she choose to. Someone might say her being limited would be better but nah, GIMME ALL THE POWER. And the effect her lack of control has on the people (and windows) around her is hilarious.

Darrin is so sweet. If Von didn't exist I'd be a full Darrin shipper. Speaking of Von - HE'S TATTOOED HELLO. And he calls her "love". He's so cool.

The Circle. I will admit that I expected something completely different from the blurb but I'm glad it didn't turn out that way. They're so helpful, even though Helena's thoughts drift away from their lectures more often than not.

GILLIAN. I didn't like her from the beginning, had no idea why. Then she goes and does something like that, THE EVIL WENCH. She better meet her doom soon.

Plot wise, I feel like this book was more world building focused and setting things up for future books so most of the action happened at the end. It did make me laugh in a few places and I even cried in one (it was the grave scene).

Luckily I don't have to wait to continue the story (WHICH ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER, THANKS MEG ANNE), so on I go to book two.

P.S. There's a flying cat !!!
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Author 16 books626 followers
July 29, 2017
I had the distinct pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this book. It may be Meg Anne's debut novel, but she packs a wallop with Mother of Shadows like a seasoned author. This is, by far and away, the best book I have read in a very long time. Meg's storytelling hooked me from the very first page, drawing me into a world with vivid images and even brighter characters. I felt Helena's initial confusion and uncertainty deeply, and when she finally began to step into her role as Damaskiri and asserted herself to her people, I nearly cheered aloud.

Meg certainly delights by giving us Von, Helena's mate. He is richly alluring with his powerful masculinity and teasing wit. He is rougish, he is charming, and well, he's just plain hot. He is Helena's perfect counterpoint. Intelligent and engaging, playful and sweet, with a bit of a past, he's everything a hero should be.

Of course, there's a villain who is just as colorfully drawn as the other characters! This person was my favorite character initially, so I was angry to learn of the sinister agenda afoot. I am still rooting for redemption in the upcoming books, though.

If you want a story that will suck you in and keep you turning the pages until you are done regardless of the time of day or what responsibilities are screaming for your attention, then buy this book NOW. Moreover, if you are a fan of fantasy romance, make sure to add Meg to your must-read authors list. She may be new, but she rivals the greats in the genre already.

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Author 52 books513 followers
August 23, 2017
This is book one of the series and a must-read. Helena is definitely someone you don't want to piss off. I love how this Author connects Von and Helena's relationship. The whole soulmate thing is something I enjoy reading in books. There was so much interesting information to take in making me want to continue reading. I definitely look forward to the continuation in book two. (ARC)
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96 reviews5 followers
May 31, 2018
I am obsessed! I had the pleasure of meeting Meg Anne in person and loved this book. Von -swoon- I need to find a Von for myself.
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1,021 reviews167 followers
September 4, 2019
edited after my first re-read :)

I loved it just as much as the first time around :) I am re-reading the whole series in anticipation of the release of the fourth and final one... :) I remembered some things from this first installment, but the other two are a much bigger mystery to me ;) for all of my thoughts and feelings about this absolute gem, just keep on reading and you will find my original review below :)

original review :)

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ;) what an amazing surprise this book was for me :) first of all, I have no idea why I thought it's a paranormal / urban fantasy sort of a story... it's not :) again, it's not like somebody told me that, I just assumed without any logical reason whatsoever... so imagine my utter joy when I started reading it, and it turned out to be a fantasy book... just what I was in the mood for ;) and not only that... it is a really great fantasy story... first one in a series an I am already super excited to get my hands on the sequel very, very soon... especially after that ending... I swear, my "nooooo..." was heard around the world when I finished the book... but more about that in a second :) first, let me tell you a bit more about the main character and the world in general :)

This is a world filled with magic... not everyone has it, and Helena, our main character, thinks she's one of the regular people... that is until her childhood friend returns home and reveals that she's in fact very powerful, but her power has been locked away inside her since she was little, so she could grow up in peace and away from all the corruption and evil that surrounded magic recently... now it's time for her to come back and claim her place :) excited yet? cause I was ;) the world is absolutely enchanting... and thanks to the absolutely beautiful writing style, you can't help but become mesmerized by the places you see... because yes, you feel like you're there when you read :) and Helena is such a wonderful character... not perfect, definitely not, but smart and kind and brave and I need more... :) about her, her Circle... let me explain real quick: as the ruler, she has a close, inner Circle of five people... her Shield, her Sword, her Advisor and her Master... the first two are for her protection, the second two, to help navigate politics and magic... all four of them swore to protect and help her until they live... and of course we can't forget about the last, fifth part of the Circle... her Mate... it's the only one she chooses over the course of this first book and just... *sighs happily* usually I prefer slow burn types of romances, but sometimes, when it's done right, these mate types of relationships really work for me in fantasy stories :) and that was definitely the case here :) I loved the dynamic between Helena and Von... and no, it's not a spoiler... we all know they are gonna end up together from the first time they meet ;)

I absolutely adored this story :) the writing style was phenomenal... especially since this is a debut novel... so when you think about that... I was even more impressed :) the world building is great as well... yes, we are thrown straight into things, but then the explanations are slowly given to us, so we don't feel overwhelm and have the time to absorb everything ;) not to mention that there is so many teasers and glimpses into all the possibilities... like we just scratched the surface of potential things to discover along the way :) and the characters... *sighs* like I already mentioned, I adore Helena and Von... I want to know more about them... especially him ;) and to see how their dynamics will change over time... especially ater than ending... just... UGH!!! be warned that it ends on a cliffhanger, and the only thing that makes me feel better is that the sequel is only weeks away... apparently that one also ends in a sort of similar way, but I will let you know how accurate that is when I read the book :) besides them we have a whole bunch of secondary characters that I want to get to know more about :) I'm not gonna say any names, because I don't want to spoil you who is important or something, so keep an eye out for my review of the second book, where I will definitely have a more spoilery paragraph :) I hope I convinced you to give this amazing book a try, because more people need to read it :) it was filled with surprising twists, witty banter and just overall awesomeness so do yourselves a favour and go get this gem :)



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847 reviews38 followers
September 20, 2019
Mother of Shadows by Meg Anne was a lackluster read I’m sorry to say. The world-building was complex, the characters likable, though a bit shallow, and the technical aspects of the writing weren’t bad. The narrative flowed smoothly, and there were few typos.

The problem with this book was in the way the narrative was portrayed. There was no real tension, even when negative events were taking place. There was a lot of showy magic and sweet romance, but everything happened easily for the main character, Helena. It felt too finely crafted to be real… too superficial.

I walked away from this book feeling as if the story was half-hearted. I was entertained, sure. I enjoyed some of it, but it fell short of being a really great book. There was no grit to it.

If you are looking for a fantasy read to while away an afternoon, this was fine… but it could have been better – and you can probably do better.
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76 reviews
July 18, 2017
Hands up for the amazing author Meg Anne for brining us a brilliant start to the series! Helena is brought in to a new world that she is not used to. She quickly learns her new role and becomes a strong leader among her people. As this story went on it kept getting better and better. It is full of fantasy, romance and action. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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Author 10 books239 followers
July 17, 2017
Meg Anne certainly delivers with a fantastic, well written fantasy that will leave the reader thinking about it long after they've finished! This story was full of action, insta-love (which I LOVE!), passion, and adventure! I could not put it down! I cannot wait for the second book in the series!!!
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406 reviews
July 5, 2017
This book was so good, loved the world Meg Anne took me away to, such a different spin on a book with magic! Love Helena's inocence! But I gotta warn you there is a cliffhanger!! Thank you for sharing this world with me!!
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1,054 reviews26 followers
December 25, 2017
Okay, I happened to see this on a GR friend’s update and thought to try it out. I will just say it was not for me. It was too nicey nice…. I’m meaning whatever could be good was good. It happened to be pretty descriptive when it came to most things which can be both good and bad. I got tired of hearing the same thing for character’s personal descriptions.
Honestly everything she got was just … so nice. I guess because I’m not a girly girl the extravagance bored me? The characters weren’t very tangible and some seemed to be caricatures of well-known character types. One being the bad-boy, the evil/plotting female (who of course was overly aggressive sexually), and the tough-chick, and of course the virginal/naïve heroine who just happens to be all powerful.
Honestly there was a point; I actually did an update about this, at like 67% where they had to mount up to go to the bad-boy’s home. Of course this fantabulous mount—that hadn’t been heard of for years—shows up to be hers. Before it showed up I was like … what is it going to be a unicorn? It might as well have been with how everything just seemed to work for her. It was a winged cat … that breathes fire and can cause earthquakes when it stomps its feet. Yes, I’m being serious there…. Then, she just gets on it to go for a ride. She gets on a flying cat with smoke curling out its nose and then is slightly surprised when the people she left behind to go on this ride freak out…. Yeah okay….
To me this story seemed to ramble and go on about how powerful she was, what awesome things she can do, and what neat stuff she happens to get. There were some things going on in the background, but that storyline wasn’t that prominent and I had mental pictures of the villain twirling mustaches—but that’s not possible since the BG was female. It took them a while to catch on to the villain, but not in time to prevent what happened. What happened really annoyed me since it seemed that the whole story was building up to something happening and when it did the book was over with.
So, yeah, this was not the story for me. Someone else might like this type of story-telling—it just doesn’t work for me.
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Author 17 books124 followers
July 20, 2017
Beautiful. The world Meg Anne created is a mesmerizing one, full of color and magic. And speaking of magic I have to say I love the way is portrayed, how it changes the one who wields it. The characters are memorable, Helena is one of the most complete leads I've read recently: sensitive but strong, humble but empowered, fierce but caring. Von, Helena's mate is to die for, menacing, at first sight, but once the story unravels you can see his many qualities. He is the perfect complement to Helena and vice-versa, their relationship is a symbiotic one by all means. Helena's circle of protectors are an interesting lot, all carrying an important part of the whole, each unique and endearing.
The plot is very well designed, mysteries abound but also does action, there is no time to feel bored. One of my favorite things is the character development, especially Helena's, how she protects the ones she cares, even if they are the protectors, how she quickly matures and embraces her daunting fate, how unselfish she proves to be.
Overall a great book I devoured in a matter of hours.
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50 reviews
October 17, 2019
This book had so much potential! I really wanted to like it. It felt rushed, like chunks were taken out of it that otherwise would have allowed for character development. The characters and their relationships felt flat.

The mc Helena goes from being a peasant to being this magical queen and then from unsure girl to this all-powerful magical being. She's back and forth insecure little girl to all-powerful woman and it just didn't feel believable, it felt too choppy. Then during the "Mate" selection process, I felt like they could have gone into that a little more than just meeting them and fast forwarding to the selection. There's no build up, no anticipation; you just automatically know who she's going to pick. Predictably is fine, but again there was no character or relationship development. It was just a bit of a let down.

I had to force myself to finish this book. I don't imagine I'll ever read the rest of the series, I just don't feel any connection with the characters or the storyline.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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48 reviews
August 8, 2018
-- DNF at 50% --

The story has no complication, nothing that drives the plot. We’re immediately expected to empathize with the characters, but given nothing around which to create an emotional attachment. There’s too much telling—we’re told about the characters, instead of seeing their actions for ourselves. Helena’s reactions are unrealistic. She goes from a simple country life one day, to queen the next, with barely a shrug. She meets her mate, falls in love, and suddenly must run off to help his family—and everyone applauds her thoughtless stubbornness as independence. This is no story, it’s a daydream without a plot.

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Author 6 books45 followers
July 12, 2017
This book is beyond incredible! It has everything you need for a fantasy read and it is hard to believe that this book is the debut from this author!

I cannot wait for the next book!! I need more Von in my life!
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213 reviews41 followers
August 5, 2021
I rarely rate a book below 3 stars because it takes a lot of hard work to write and publish it and I did not want to disregard the author's efforts, but I couldn't help it in this case. It was an exhausting read and I'm disappointed because the book had a lot of potential.

The concept and world-building were great. I liked the idea of a Chosen One who would rule her people with the help of her Circle that consisted of five men in different positions. The magic was interesting as well, and the writing style was good. Unfortunately, the execution was lacking.

The book was badly rushed. One minute Helena is a peasant, the next one she is said to be the ruler. It barely takes her any time to adjust to her new life. Even when choosing her mate, she had to pick a man from a line-up. While they're fated mates and bound to be together, the insta-love put me off. They're complete strangers, and then BAM! all of a sudden they're growling and professing their love for each other.

The relationship was unhealthy and obsessive to the point of creepy. It was more about possessing another person than love. All the characters' emotions are superficial. The book goes on and on about how beautiful Helena is. She is wearing lovely gowns with wonderful hairstyles. When the focus is not on her beauty, it is about how powerful, humble, pure, caring, etc., she is. She has too many positive attributes. You name it, she has it. One of the most unrealistic characters I've come across. The book had more telling instead of showing.

Von comes to her to ask for a favor, but the mating bond is unexpected. I thought there would be some conflict and intense scenes, but that wasn't the case. They're mostly having sex in the book or having conversations about sex in each other's minds. The book had too much of "my mate", "mine", " you're mine" kind of thing going on every few pages, which was irritating.

The villain was a walking-talking cliché, mostly annoying. The ending just proved that the relationship was based on lust, because of Helena's overreaction. She knew from the start about Von's reasons for approaching her and his past. A calm confrontation could have worked, instead, there was more growling and lashing out.

The series has 4 books plus some spin-offs, and I don't have the patience for more of this, so I won't be continuing with it. I just hope for other readers' sake that there is more development and a substantial plot in the coming books.
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