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Tracing Shadows

(Scout #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  84 reviews
To protect the throne, seventeen-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night.

Orphaned and trained on a spymasters remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sisters life.

Suddenly thrust into
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published April 8th 2018 by Danger Bearing Press
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Since watching Mulan as a child, one of my favourite things has been books and movies about females pretending to be someone else to make it in a mans world. Be it fantasy or contemporary, aimed at children or adult, any combination you can think of, such stories always grab me. Thus, the instant I read the synopsis of Tracing Shadows, I knew I would be reading Alex Lidells Scout series.

I will be completely honest and say it took me a couple of chapters to get into this one. I questioned whether
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Tracing Shadows is the first book in the Scout series by author Alex Lidell. I loved the first book in her Tides series (see my Ash and Air Review), which is an epic high fantasy adventure that takes place on the high seas! It was a five star read for me last year, and I have been kicking myself ever since for needing to continue on with the series. (I even bought the books!) But as soon as I saw that Alex Lidell was
Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
So, I will be honest. I actually requested this book based solely on the fact that the main characters name was Kali, which used to be a nickname of mine. Lol! IM SO GLAD THAT I DID! This book was very enjoyable. I loved Kali, she was strong and independent. I loved Trace, who is reliable and hiding a personal depth, and I love Luca, who is just plain loveable! Im really looking forward to more from these character! If you enjoy well written fantasy with a little splash of war and romance, this ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed

I am underwhelmed. A story about a female spy? Awesome. I'm in. The secondary characters, magic system and world are better designed than the main character Kali. There's a difference between conflicted and these contrary pieces do not fit within the story. I'm going to skim the sequel for the slim hope that the good parts will come together and leave off the dregs.
Jennifer Ellision
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! This one felt a little more on the older end of YA and pretty much confirms that Ill read anything Lidell writes ...more
Kylie Herondale
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-books
I was very impressed by this book. When I first got it I did not expect it to be this god. Especially by the cover, which I really didn't like, but that can be easily overlooked. All the characters were developed nicely and I felt a certain connection to almost all of them. Except for Violet. Her story was not as exiting as Kali's. However, I felt it did give me a little more insight into the world of Tracing Shadows. I hope she doesn't have many, or any, chapters in the sequel. Thankfully she ...more
To see more reviews, considering taking a peek at my first in series YA book blog here

3.75 stars!
I admittedly hate the cover of this book. it is atrocious, awkward, and yes I'm a book cover snob. Especially after how pretty the Tides' covers are. Anyway, it left me hesitant to read it, despite knowing I love Lidell's writing.

So, now that the cover rant is out of the way...

Tracing Shadows was quick and fun. Kali isn't like your normal blushy/blubbering woman masquerading as a man. Though she
Meg (Realm of the Reader)
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Medieval fantasy with a spy as the main character. This is one of those books that you try to savor as much as possible, even if you want to read it in one sitting.

I loved everything about this book. The pacing, the characters, and the world building which I could tell was complex and detailed but was revealed in subtle ways.

Kali, the main character is perfect. She is flawed, yet like-able. Shes good at her job, but not in a Mary Sue kind of way.

There is enough mystery and intrigue and some
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
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I loved Alex Lidell's Tides series and this new series didn't disappoint me.  I'm not much fan of the cover but the story was pretty entertaining! It totally gave me Mulan vibes. I love books where Woman disguises herself as a man trying to spy on the enemy or enter into a war. Tracing Shadows is a  first book in the scout duology and I think It was a good start to a series. I loved the main characters, the setting, the plot, the slow burn
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tracing Shadows is another great adventure in a new world from Alex Lidell. I think this must be my favorite one of her books. Kali is a wonderful kick ass heroine, strong, clever but still down to earth making mistakes at times and having a lot to learn. Her sense of duty and the love for her family make a special combination for a character who is already in a difficult position. She is not the only intriguing thing about the book though. This is a story full of adventure, danger, love and ...more
Tera Comer
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
This is the first book that I have read by this author and wow I must say this book captured my attention and did not let it go. I like the fact that the heroine is also a spy that is capable of converting herself into a male without others noticing it. Plenty of action and suspense to keep you busy. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2018, ebook-own, fantasy
A quick read that could have benefited from a bit more fleshing out of the world building. The main character was portrayed as super experienced and smart, but at odd times she seemed to act out of character in ways that were just too convenient and took me out of the story. However it was an interesting overall and I'll be reading the next to see if the bad guy is more than a mustache-twirler.
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd give this one 3.5 maybe 4 stars.

While I did enjoy it there were times in the book I found myself asking wtf you doing? to certain characters, as well as really wanting to skip their chapters. It annoys me when characters are dumb, eeeevennn though I'll admit the character was young and their choices and actions did sort of fit with them and their situation. I just don't have the patients to read that.

and afterwards thinking back I realized that Kali the "spy" isn't a very good spy, of what
Zachary Flye
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

Protagonist(s): The majority of this fantasy tale is told from the first person POV of Kali, a young scout, and spy who is assigned to the palace early in the story in an attempt to keep her kingdom from going into all-out war, oh, and her sister's life is on the line. Kali is an adept spy who can easily pass as either male or female which allows her to take up two roles in the palace, both as the king's newly arrive niece Lianna and a new guard recruit Kal. Kali is very much a lone wolf
Notes From 'Round the Bend
*sigh* Ive read other novels by Alex Lidell (Power of Five and Mistake of Magic) that were really good, and I let those experiences convince me to go against my better judgement and listen to Tracing Shadows. See, I usually avoid YA novelseven fantasybecause Ive just been burned too many times by a promising story ruined by stupid, flat characters. That was the case for this one and Im pretty disappointed.

And on the subject of stupid, flat characters

1. Kali/Kal/Lianna didnt grow, didnt change,
Oh, how I loved this book!! I am an absolute sucker for the girl-pretending-to-be-a-guy (or guy-pretending-to-be-a-girl) trope in novels, whether its fantasy or contemporary or science fictionIm just an absolute sucker! I would say that the majority of books Ive read with this trope are in the fantasy genre, but that could be mainly due to the fact that fantasy is my most-read genre. But I think it works so well in fantasy, because the author can play with the story so much. I know for a fact ...more
Kali is a scout. When the king of Dansil has been threatened by terrorists, he assigns Kali to a dangerous mission. If she refuses, her sister will be killed. Kali is to act as his niece Lady Liana at night, and disguise herself as a male trainee during the day. As Kali searches to find out the terrorists identify, she finds herself getting into trouble with Trace, the captain of the royal guards. She learns that Trace may be hiding some important information. Soon, she realizes that Trace may ...more
Kali and Trace make a really good team! I enjoyed getting to know Kali on her own and even enjoyed her initial interactions with Trace, who was a bit high and mighty. There was a bit of silly tension between the two as they worked out their always fluctuating relationship but I can forgive them that.

Kalis young enough to have doubts about her abilities on her first real espionage mission. Still, there were situations that I thought her training would have readied her for, like nudity in the
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Since being orphaned when she was young, Kali has been trained to be the best at what she does: gather intel, stay in the shadows, and protect her sister Leaf. Alone. However, when a dangerous mission requires her to put on the facade of both a male guardsman by day and a royal lady of the court by night, she finds that she is relying on others more than she would like. And when the Captain of the Guard, Trace, is assigned as both her commanding officer and her palace escort, she finds herself ...more
Camillea Camillea
I'm a huge fan of Alex Lidell since reading the Tides series and now that I've read Tracing Shadows it's clear that writing adventure and action scenes are Lidell's niche.

Tracing Shadowsis told from two different perspectives, one is Kali's and the other is Violet's. The story starts out very slowly which put me off at first. Not much is given away in the beginning, in fact, the build up doesn't happen until more than half way through the book. The book is told from two perspective's one is
Diana Lavaughn
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
racing Shadows: Scout Book 1 of 2 Kindle Edition
by Alex Lidell 
I received a complimentary copy and am opting to leave a fair and honest review.

Court intrigue, spy trade craft, missing royal heirs, a religious cult and a hot love!

What else could you want?

Kali is a spy and a royal relative. She and her scientist sister, Leaf, are summoned to the Royal Palace so that Kali may play two roles. Kal, the guardsman training and Lianna, a bit of a ditzy noble lady.

Trace is a hunk of muscle and also one
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-reads
Tracing Shadows (Scout #1) by Alex Lidell is a well conceived and paced YA fantasy novel. Kali (Kalianna) is the bastard daughter of the king's dead brother. Cast out from the court she has been trained to be a royal scout. To learn and report without being seen. Her sister, Leaf, is a Whisperer, able to manipulate and tune magic crystals and outlawed publicly in the kingdom of Dansil. When Kali and Leaf are summoned by their uncle, King Firehorn, to work in the capital, Kali has a new ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
As a spy, Kali is used to being able to transform from girl to boy, and she must use her skills as fighter and spy with everything she has to uncover a group of guerrilla fighters terrorizing her kingdom. Operating under orders of the King, by day Kali is guardsman Kal, tasked with finding information on Viva Sylthia, a group determined to overthrow the invading Everett army from the province they annexed two decades ago, and by night she is Lady Lianna, a meek noblewoman spying on the Everett ...more
Monica Kelly
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strong Characters and an Exciting World
Tracing Shadows is the first book in the Scout series by author Alex Lidell. Alex Lidell may be one of my new favorite authors. I enjoyed this book and cant wait to read book 2. Tracing Shadows is builds slowly, but comes together without a hitch. The characters were well written, the world was a different and interesting world, land, of course, a developing romance. This book also has twists girl disguised as a boy, the King forces 17-year-old spy
MJ (The Book Recluse)
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy
Tracing Shadows is the first in the series of a seasoned writer, Alex Lidell. This fantasy novel follows a scout that is skilled in transforming herself from the noble women that is from birth to the soldier she was trained to be. Content to do what she can to keep her sister from harm, She is instead brought in to bring down a terrorist cell.

Lidell is a new to me author that I am happy to have discovered. Her writing is well put together and her characters are captivating. I wish that there
Denise Wengert
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kali and her sister Leaf are orphaned and raised by a spymaster on his remote estate. Leaf, a whisperer, hardly leaves the estate. Kali, however, is trained as a scout (like a spy) and changes roles from a boy to a lady when needed. When Kali is summoned to the king's court to look into a terrorist group, Kali must tread carefully because her sister's life is at stake.

While there she will be go between the high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male
Craig Jr.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. The narration in audio was a bit slow, but once I sped up the audio, the pacing went well. The narrator did a good job with the characters, and I enjoyed the tale. It uses the trope of a woman wanting to prove herself as good as a man in combat, and gets tasked with a mission to hide herself in the men's royal guard. The magic system is simple and revolves around crystals. I can see a lot more expanded on it if desired. Although the main character cannot use magic ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
New exciting adventure in a new breathtaking world

Overall 5 out of 5 stars
Performance 4 out of 5 stars
Story 5 out of 5 stars

The world rich, intriguing, filled with secrets, danger, lies, deceit, and malice. This world one young girl finds she has to navigate by being a dual individual. A world this young girl finds lures her in deeper and deeper. She fights for her family (sister) and her country. There was a dual POV but not the way I was expecting it to be. Kali was so much and so little all
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her latest release, Tracing Shadows, Alex Lidell has created a fascinating world where magic users suffer religious persecution in the war ravaged kingdom of Dansil. Kali, a young woman who has been trained her whole life as a scout (a spy working always in the shadows) finds herself inextricably tangled in a web of political intrigue and corruption. The problems she faces will cause her to act in opposition to years of training, but her training is what has kept her alive thus far. Will she ...more
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Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierces ALANNA in Alexs hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA ...more

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