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The Beckoning Shadow

(The Beckoning Shadow #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  194 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, 468 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
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
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 ha

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 allud
This book is a book is standalone fantasy about a teen girl named Vesper. Vesper in the beginning can't control her powers which leads her to a magical fight club tournament that guarantees the winner a chance to undo the past. During the tournament she finds so much about herself. The story is written great and I so loved reading this story. I won an advance reader's edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this is 100% my opinion. (*)
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 respo
Rian *fire and books*
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I’m as shocked as all of you are. I had this on a challenge list for 2020 and this was part of the “10 Books I Think I Won’t Like” list.

And look where we are... eating some crow.

Well so be it. This book is really good. If you want a main character that makes you think of Rogue and if the X-men were part of a world similar to The Darkest Minds this book is for you. It definitely leans more X-men, but whatever. You’ll get what I’m saying when you read this.

It has a solid MMA plot line and a gre
Adah Udechukwu
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected more from The Beckoning Shadow. Hopefully book 2 will be better.
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
Melanie  Brinkman
"I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul."

Vesper can summon your worst nightmare and turn it into reality. One wrong move with her powers ruined her life, forcing her away from those she loves. After being on the run, Vesper inauspiciously stops in San Francisco, a place where her enemy, the Wardens, supposedly rule, terrifying her to no end. But when she falls into a world of people like her, Vesper is met with a chance to enter the Tournament of Unraveling, and if she wins she
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⭐️ This was a nice blend of YA fantasy and contemporary romance! A fun, quick read. Kind of interested to see how the next book progresses
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.
Cindy ✩☽♔
I want this book right now
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Jul 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
this cover is a work of art
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
Rachel 007
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 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!
Ellen Gail
If this cover was a human being, I would totally make out with it.

Hopefully it's pretty on the inside too.
Jana (HokuGirlReads)
I loved this book and you need to read it! I love Urban Fantasy and pretty much all things paranormal but I did not know what to expect starting this book because I did not know much about it. I mostly picked it up because it was something my friend gave me to read and something that sounded up my alley. I loved this book! I had been having a hard time getting into some of the books I had been trying prior to this book but this one just grabbed me. This is definitely a urban fantasy but YA which ...more
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 tota
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why this book and I didn't click better than an average three star rating. Maybe I read this book at the wrong moment, in the wrong mood (totally possible in my case). Maybe all the different elements that were there, weren't as important to me as the element that was missing. Maybe I had too high expectations after seeing this book at so many places.

The premise of this book is truly amazing and interesting. The book deals with a young girl coming to terms with the dark power she is
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
There's a reason I stayed on my own for so long. You can't have people watching your back without the also seeing your scars

Vesper is a runaway scared of herself and the dark power hiding within her that she can't control. But when a chance meeting introduces her to others with powers ('Oddities') and leads her to the opportunity to take part in a tournament that could give the winner the chance to re-write the past, Vesper finds herself unable to walk away.

Vesper is a very sarcastic and 'rea
Hanna  (lapetiteboleyn)
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I was really on board with this book until about three quarters of the way through. The characters were a little predictable, but ultimately fairly solid, I love the world and setting, San Francisco especially is wonderfully described. Even the little things, like character emotions coming out of exactly nowhere - moments where everything is apparently fine and within one sentence there's suddenly a screaming argument - which gave me a bit of whiplash, but weren't bothering me too much. And then ...more
Rebecca Elizabeth
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.
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 fi
Anna Bright
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal
so so good. i literally got chills during the "these are the stakes!!!!" scene.
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: edelweiss, binged, ya, 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
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