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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A young sword prodigy must impersonate a lost princess and throw her life into a deadly political game, in this kinetic epic fantasy novel by the author of the award-winning Majat Code series

Naia dreams of becoming a Jaihar Blademaster, but after assaulting a teacher, her future seems ruined. The timely intervention of a powerful stranger suddenly elevates her into elite U
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Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: May 21st 2019 by Angry Robot (first published May 14th 2019)
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Athena Elizabeth
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Angry Robot and NetGalley for the eARC of Shadowblade by Anna Kashina! Received in exchange for an honest review - all opinions are my own.

From the Goodreads blurb:
"A young sword prodigy must impersonate a lost princess and throw her life into a deadly political game, in this kinetic epic fantasy novel by the author of the award-winning Majat Code series"

This book had me completely addicted from start to finish. I read it in two sittings and just couldn't get the next answer fast en
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Amber
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this eBook from the author, publisher, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Naia is a trainee for the Jaiha order who is almost expelled from the stronghold after a fight with a superior. When she is tested for her rank, she passes and becomes a Shadowblade one of the fiercest warriors in the Jaiha order. Now Jai Naia is able to fight for her comrades and the empire. It is only when the Daljeer order decides to have her take over the empire as the le
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Alex (HEABookNerd)
Rating: 3 stars - it was good

Naia has been training for years to become an elite Jaihar Blademaster but she never expects her first mission to involve impersonating a long lost royal in an attempt to overthrow a deadly empire.

Shadowblade was an interesting fantasy adventure that follows the plucky and determined Naia as she gains her Jaihair status and then embarks on her first mission. I enjoyed the world that Anna Kashina has created; it's filled with intrigue, manipulations, and several power
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Adjectiveplusnoun
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review: ARC of Shadowblade by Anna Kashina
I received this book on Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. If you like this book review and/or my writing style, you can find more of both at my blog https://adjectiveplusnoun.wordpress.com/

I wanted to love this book. In theory it sounded like it would be perfectly suited to my tastes. The idea—Anastasia (the movie version), only Anastasia is a ninja as well as a princess who thinks she’s a con artist. The reality is pretty different.
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Rituranjan Gogoi
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
(e ARC received from the publisher Angry Robot via Netgalley)

Quite an enjoyable fantasy novel with a sexy heroine. I finished it in two sittings. It has action, intrigue, politicking, and a subtle amount of magic. I enjoyed the middle-eastern setting. The book has a YA feel to it on account of the romance strewn into the story, but, it is not central to the story. The linear narrative with short chapters makes up for the good pacing, and keeps up the tension in regard to the plot. The writing is
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Torie
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was decent. the fight scenes were good. The plot twist really didn't surprise me that much. I enjoyed this book but wouldn't read it again.
Tara
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing read, Anastasia retelling and I love it so much. Fast paced, full of action. Keeps you guessing all the time with lots f twists and turns. Great characters and chemistry. A highly recommended read

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Angie Gaule
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is an excellent read. It is fast-paced and very smooth. In fact, I was surprised to come to the end, as I did not feel that I have been reading nearly long enough. The story takes some interesting twists and turns, some more unexpected than others, and made sense every step on the way. The characters were fun to get to know and showed appropriate growth. All in all, I absolutely recommend this title. Oh, and the best part ...more
Veselina
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange of honest review.
Every second in this book I have to hold my breath. Never fully sure how the events will turn and what should I expect.
Interesting, fast pace and pure joy. I hope there will be book 2.
Enjoy.
Helen Wawrejko
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The massacre of the entire royal line. Or so it's believed. An orphaned child raised in a warrior training ground when she shows an affinity for weapons. When her first assignment brings her to impersonate the long lost child that can contest the succession of the emperors line that killed the only ones that could claim the throne, the twisty's are big. And bold. And made for a great ending. Great book for YA on up. I enjoyed it. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC form Netgalley.
Traveling Cloak
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has almost everything you want in a fantasy novel: great fights, awesome weapons, likeable characters, unlikeable characters, sensuality, an intriguing world, and enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.

It does have a few drawbacks that held it back from a perfect score. First, it is not what I would consider "epic" fantasy, and I usually reserve perfect scores for books that are a little more complex. The plot was a touch more simplistic than that. There were a few phrases use
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Leslie Pinson
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I found this book to be a very light read. It was easy to get into. I didn't have a convoluted plot line and was pretty easy to see how it would end. There were places where things didn't make sense like time skips and lack of backstory of characters. The main character started out strong but somehow ended up being influenced by others which I found disappointing. I would almost consider it more of a romance than fantasy.
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This was another book that I read at least a couple of weeks before I wrote this review, and for the same reason as the last time – because I was a bit disappointed.

(I’ve discovered that this happens for one of two reasons – either because the book disappointed me and I don’t want to write about it – or that I loved it so much that I need a few days to let the urge to squee tone down a bit. I’ve also discovered that the disappointment generally lingers whil
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Anna Kashina grew up in Russia and moved to the United States in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences. She works as a biomedical researcher and combines career in science with her passion for writing.

Anna's interests in ballroom dancing, world mythologies and folklore feed her high-level interest in martial arts of the Majat warriors. She lives in Ph
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