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The Beckoning Shadow

(The Beckoning Shadow #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  49 reviews
From debut author Katharyn Blair comes a heart-stopping fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and The Young Elites, about a teenage runaway who enters a dangerous tournament with an impossible prize.

Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality—but she’s learned the hard way that it’s an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move a
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair is a young adult fantasy with of course a bit of romance added to the mix. The ideas and world building in this one weren’t overly new or original but it was still a fun story to read.

Vesper Montgomery had left her home and the family she loved in fear that she may hurt them when she discovered she was one of the few in the world to gain powers. Vesper had the ability to summon ones worst fears but not being in control of her powers make them that much more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

Thank you Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review

"I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul."

Oh, how grateful I am to have been sent an ARC of this absolutely marvelous book. Katharyn Blair created a world that I instantly fell in love with. Her writing kept me hooked to every page. Her characters were ones I loved so much. Her story was so very unique and definitely not what I expected.

Vesper is our main character. She has
Umairah | Sereadipity
The Beckoning Shadow was a novel about the importance of accepting your past instead of running away from it and it was basically what would happen if the X-men were younger and liked cage fighting for fun.

3.5 stars
Plot: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4/5

Oddities were humans with special powers and Baselines, without. Wardens were Oddities tasked with eradicating others that were deemed to be threats. Oddities were bedtime stories told to keep children in check, they lurked underground and in the s

Title: The Beckoning Shadow
Series: The Beckoning Shadow #1
Author: Katharyn Blair
Release date: July 2, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre:YA, fantasy

After all the warnings, all the lessons, all the looks over their shoulders—and the thing they should have feared the most was next to them, the whole time. Me. I was the scariest thing.

I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but it ended up being more than I could have hoped for. It was such a fresh and exciting offering to the genre that was unli
I still have goosebumps. Guys, the ending of this book is dynamite!! Can't wait to know what Katharyn has in store for book 2!!! I jumped so fast into the story, I felt everything... it's been a long time since I cried while reading a book. The characters are vibrant, they are so full of life, I cared for them. The writing felt like watching a movie: a fast-paced and action-packed story that led me to the edge of my seat more than once.

Many many many thanks to HarperCollins Canada for the compli
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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Tournament of the Unraveling! Supernatural Fight Club! Now take a look at that cover... look close... You see it right?! The wrapped fist, the broken nose. Yeah! The premise really intrigued me! And the cover is somehow pretty and intriguing (if you look hard enough). I liked how our protagonist looks feminine and fight club at the same time too. I wasn't really a fan of the title, The Beckoning Shadow. I saw in the book where its allude
I have to say that I enjoyed aspects of the book more than the book itself. What I mean? I mean that while the plot maybe nothing completly new or 100% original, as it reminds me a lot of XMen with magic powers, it does have a great character development in which I put most of my attention.

I loved how almost all the characters - if not all of them - come from a dark place and are broken somehow. That holds even truer for Vesper, our main character and the voice of the narrative. She holds respon
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Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
Ah this book was so good. I read an early draft and it's perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver, Saba Tahir, Victoria Schwab, and The Magicians. The worldbuilding is just so new and different. Looking forward to reading the finished copy in 2019!!
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


The Beckoning Shadow is Katharyn Blair's debut novel. And, even though Goodreads claims this is part of a series, it's not. With the story tied up neatly in one book, readers with series fatigue will be hyped for a one-and-done read. 17-year old Vesper Montgomery has been on the run for 2 years since an incident that happened to her family still weights heavily on everything she does. Since the resurgence of powe
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique and interesting urban fantasy (we have so few in YA) that is great for fans of Marie Lu’s The Young Elites - just add MMA! Loved seeing young women take down the patriarchy one vulnerable punch at a time.
Ellen Gail
If this cover was a human being, I would totally make out with it.

Hopefully it's pretty on the inside too.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I liked the writing, and the heroine, but there were too many tropes I disliked for me to truly enjoy this book.

For one - the hero is completely hung up on his dead girlfriend. This is a COMPLETE NO-NO for me in any romance whatsoever. This discovery utterly ruined any interest I could have had in their romance. He thinks about her to the extent that a vision of the girl shows up while he's kissing the heroine, because he still thinks about his ex. Goodbye.

Also, there were moments of sheer rid
Beth  Rose
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll write a full public review closer to the release date but let me just say this blew me away. I've never read anything quite like it before and I can't wait for everyone else to read it!!

Edit 26.05.19: Full Review

Pre-Order it here!

You've done worse. You'll do worse. I think. 

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss. I wrote this review on the 11th of November 2018, quite a long time ago. Any events or quotes referenced in this ARC may be revised or removed by the final pub
Anna Bright
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, ya
so so good. i literally got chills during the "these are the stakes!!!!" scene.
Jun 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaway_wins
I just won the Goodreads giveaway for this book! This is one of the books that I actually wanted to win, too! So excited to read this!
Sarah Ansari
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
“I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.”

Vesper Montgomery has run away from her home and her family, because she is a monster, or more specifically, an oddity - a human with magic. Having caused enough damage to the people she’s loved her entire life, she knows she is better off a lone wolf. Her rules are simple - don't trust anyone, don't get too close to anyone, and do not attract the attention of Wardens -- oddities who strive to protect baselines a.k.a humans without magic
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, binged, edelweiss, fantasy
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

You guys, this one was good. While I appreciated the fact that this is a fantasy that is a stand-alone (instead of the dreaded trilogy or random duology or quartology . . .) it was one that made me really, really wish for more to the story. If the story was expanded out in to more books, the world building would have been that much better and the back stories of other ch
InBooksILive Reviews
((I was given this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review))

Oh I really loved this one!

The world building was done so perfectly. I was pulled into this world immediately and fully. The characters were all incredible, all had their own personalities, their own problems, their own parts. I connected with each and every one! Vesper is just straight up a badass. No other word can describe her. I love the character growth she goes through throughout the book and it progressed and grew wel
Rebecca Wash
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Vesper is a lonely character who has run away due to something she feels guilty about. I enjoyed reading about all the different powers of different characters. There were two twists that I did not see coming. One of my favorite aspects of the book is how it touches on being homesick and also finding another place that can also feel like home. I think there is one more book coming and I am eager to see where it goes.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me by surprise. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up, but once I did, I could not put it down. One of my favorite years of 2019.
Amanda Jaynes
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel has everything- a setting so vivid that you feel like you’re there, page turning plot, and refreshingly funny dialogue. The main character is so rich and layered and the perfect “anti-hero”. The love story is sweet without being syrupy or taking center stage. The twists are extra twisty. Seriously hoping this gets made into a movie because it would be epic.!!
Janet Macreery
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won an ARC of this book in a Twitter contest.

Kathryn Blair creates a world of Oddballs who have bound together to form a community yet still long to be accepted in the greater world. Former cheerleader turned misfit Vesper literally fights for redemption in a world she feels she wronged while struggling to protect her new community from forces set on destroying it. Much like she does to her opponents, Vesper reaches into the reader and pulls out painful memories, awkward self-doubt, secret bet
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.

“That’s a nice way to start a story, right? It situates me exactly where I want to be — the person this happened to. The person who suffers. The person who fears.”

I cannot even express how excited I was to pick up this book, because the synopsis sounded so unique and absolutely fantastic and like something that was right up my alley, but unfortunately I think this is one of those cases where it wasn’t the book, it was me. I can totally see
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I tell you how I found The Beckoning Shadow, let me first say that I did NOT realise this was not a standalone… It is only a duology, but I wanted to let you all know before you pick it up. Especially because book 2 probably isn’t out until at least next year. I definitely thought it was worth the read!

I’m going to be really honest here… I only chose this because I loved the cover. I mean, a badass girl fighter (plus, the colour scheme) says great things about what’s inside the pages, rig
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review. I was really drawn in by the synopsis, a fantasy story set in a contemporary setting is one I haven't read in a while and I was keen to dive in. Unfortunately, although I thought the plot was interesting,I think this could have been executed better.

As I just said, I enjoyed the plot of this story. It has a really interesting premise, although it was a bit tropey. We follow our main character, Vesper, who develops powers
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, I have to hand it to Kathryn Blair, because she sucked me into this book so hard and fast that I could barely take a breath. By chapter four or so, I was getting pretty stoked because this was not reading like a typical YA book. I can’t peg it off the top of my head, but it was sort of film noir, sort of magical realism, sort of M.Night Shyamalan, maybe? Regardless, it was refreshingly cool.

And then, just as I was feeling like this runaway good girl with a dark past and the gritty, st
Michelle (Firstbooklove)
(I received a free Review Copy for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: The beckoning shadow (The beckoning shadow #1) by Katharyn Blair (2.5 stars)

The beckoning shadow (The beckoning shadow #1) by Katharyn Blair
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)
Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality—but she’s learned the hard way that it’s an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move and you co
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
**4.5 Stars**

The Beckoning Shadow was an intriguing fantasy that sucked me in from the first page. With its character-focused storyline, Blair crafted a hero's journey with a paranormal flair that, when paired with the entire cast of characters and their elements, held me under its spell until I finished. And somehow, through all of that, it held its structure and pace and kept me coming back for more.

Though the worldbuilding wasn't the greatest, what made up for it in spades was Vesper's indi
This is a fun one! And it totally wasn't on my radar, until I saw someone talking about it on Twitter. I picked it up on a whim and am so glad - it broke my reading slump!

Strong writing and great themes. I also really liked the character development. The plot wasn't as strong as it could have been, though, and the worldbuilding feels very X-men, which is fine, but it didn't quite satisfy for me. Overall, a solid debut, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for Katharyn Blair's future books!
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