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The Stealthmaster's Shadow: A Twelve Dancing Princesses Novella

(Legends of Light #4)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  15 reviews
It’s been ten confounded years since the war ended.

Verus, a retired soldier, determines to enforce the peace the victory ought to have brought. His wanderings bring him to the city of Nerva, a sprawling riverside chaos no other Stealthmaster will touch.

Commandeering the task of a former comrade, Verus presents himself to the governor and promises to search out hidden Subve
Published June 1st 2018 by Hope Ann
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UPDATE: full review below or on my blog

The Stealthmaster’s Shadow is my favorite Legends of Light novella yet! As always with the novellas, I loved the concept and the theme, and especially the characters this time around. Verus successfully dragged me into the plot and before I knew it, I was reading the entire book as fast as I could.


I will admit: the plot confused me quite a bit. I had a general idea of what was going on, but I probably couldn’t e
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I had the pleasure of reading this before publication, and it was a read well worth the time. It's such a fun story and Hope's writing style always gets to me beautifully.

The characters in The Stealthmaster's Shadow are so much fun. Verus has a tough background, but he's not one of those dark brooding characters. I love the dark brooding ones, but Verus is just as good. He's sarcastic and witty and...sometimes just the tiniest bit childish, but in a good way. His personality instantly captured m
Deborah O'Carroll
(Review originally posted on my book blog:

Well, that was great!

Meet Verus. Verus is without a doubt my favorite thing about this novella. :D He is SO epic! A retired soldier (at... like... in his twenties; what can we say—the war’s over), he’s a Stealthmaster (something which is never fully explained but we basically get the idea) and totally lives up to such a name. He’s constantly sneaking around, lurking in shadows and picking locks and jumping off ba
S.G. Willoughby
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this! I think Rose of the Oath now has a competitor for my favorite Hope Ann book. :) I knew I'd love the characters from the snippets I read, and I wasn't disappointed. I was also pleased to find that Verus had a healthy set of flaws. I wish my illness-induced brain fog hadn't been so bad reading this, I think that's the reason some parts didn't click in my head, but I think the plot was interesting. :) It kept me up quite late reading. I also loved Hope Ann's interpretation of th ...more
Brie Donning
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The next book in the Legends of light is here! Like the rest of the series, it can stand alone, and it is loosely fairytale based. This time Hope used Twelve Dancing Princesses, and her take is like none other I have seen.

Every Legends of Light book introduces a new element. In The Stealthmaster’s Shadow, we meet… the Stealthmasters. Professional investigators and spies, enemies of Tauscher. They seek to end the unrest that has the Prince left behind when he disappeared. Their role is defined by
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*originally posted on my blog (*

So I actually forgot I was supposed to post this yesterday (jeesh guys, busyness that is a full time job) until I saw a reminder I had set on my phone telling me to write a post ahead of time and schedule it for then.

So, brought to you by said phone and La Quinta hotel internet: I give thee “The Stealthmaster’s Shadow,” by Hope Ann.

*I was given a free copy in exchange for my honest review*


It’s been ten confounded year
R.M. Archer
Originally posted on Scribes & Archers

The Stealthmaster’s Shadow is set in the same world as Hope Ann’s three other novellas: Rose of the Oath, Song of the Sword, and Rose of the Night. I personally have yet to read those, but if they’re anything like this one then I look forward to reading them.

For me this novella was an introduction to a deep fantasy world and engaging characters. The world is clearly well thought-out, with well-designed political tensions and an allegorical religious syst
Sycamore Reader
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking forward to this book ever since the last Legends of Light came out, and The Stealthmaster's Shadow was well worth the wait! The beginning was captivating and the ending very satisfying, plus the amazing characters and plot all the way through. I loved how the fairy tale was so cleverly added to the story, and thought Hope did a fantastic job of bringing together things from the first books, making an expertly crafted story in its own right, and then giving whispers and hopes fo ...more
Bethany Fehr
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I've enjoyed other titles in this series, this one didn't really do as much for me. I did enjoy the humor in the dialogue and appreciated the message, and the backstory involving the main character's brother was genuinely touching. The main reason this didn't get a higher rating from me is that I found it very difficult to understand what was going on a good deal of the time, and there were a few important character relationships and allegiances that were a bit fuzzy until a good ways thro ...more
Julian Daventry
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018, 2019
I'm not even quite sure where to begin my review, to be honest.

I'll start by saying this is my favorite Legends of Light book yet. I even went and re-read Rose of the Oath (my previous favorite) right after reading this one, just to verify which one I liked better. Might not have been the greatest idea, but just for the record...The Stealthmaster's Shadow is now my new favorite.

Perhaps it was because I felt like I was reading a real story. This wasn't just a fairy-tale retelling, with some names
Annie Twitchell
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Verus is my favorite. I want to hug him.

I loved the feel of this tale and how rich and flavourful it was!
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved it! The first page grabbed my attention and I could hardly put it down. This is a very very good retelling of a cool fairytale. I highly recommend it!
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SOOO GOOOOOOD. The main character (and like all the characters) are so awesome. I read this once. Then skimmed. Then read it another time. It is shorter- which is cool because then you get an adventure in a shorter time!
I really recommend it.
The only warning is that there is violence/pain, but that is it. ;)
So epic.
Read it!!
Rae Cole
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This was an amazing book by an amazing author. I've loved all the Legends of the Light, but so far, this has been the best. The characters were well-writing, the plot with high stakes and plenty of action, and the Christian themes woven in so well that they were a part of the story, not just Bible verses thrown into a book to make it "Christian".
Now, I have to admit, I was confused in some parts. I got the general idea of the plot, and the flashbacks(which I usually hate reading) were well-done
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Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is only the second of Hope 's books that I've read. That being said, it was easier for me to understand what was going on. I love that she tackled the question: why do people suffer if God won? And, is God still good if bad this happen to us? Hope does this in a non-preachy way that is fresh and invigorating while keeping true to her story, characters and beliefs. Can't wait to see what she whips up next! Great job, Hope!
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Hope Ann likes to think herself a dragon-riding, griffin-taming founder of worlds and explorer of legends. Using chocolate, she bribes a wide ring of spies, from the realm leapers of Aslaria to the double agents of Elkbend, for their stories.

She thrives on frost, steel, and the tears of her readers which she secretly mixes into iced coffee. Deep in her hobbit hole, her actual life involves stayin

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