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Descended from Shadows

(Book of Sindal #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  114 reviews
For centuries, Phoebe Whelan’s family of witches and mages has guarded the Book of Sindal, a tome filled with spells so evil it could destroy the world. After their parents’ death six years ago, it’s up to Phoebe and her older and younger sisters—Rowan and Celeste—to guard the book with their magic and their supernaturally fortified land. But Celeste’s expression magic is ...more
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Published May 28th 2019 by Independently published
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Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
My first read from this author is a winner! It had magic and suspense and romance and family and love and so many moving parts that I could never be bored. Phoebe and her sisters have been tasked to protect the Book of Sindal, a book of the darkest of spells. It's a task that has been handed down through generations in her family. If the book were to fall into the wrong hands, the Salem Witch Trials would look like a cake walk. When the book is taken, a blast from the past, her high school crush ...more
Not bad.
It's a good idea and the three witches are great characters. If it was just them I think I would have liked this book more but it went down the paranormal romance path and honestly I've read it before.
Maybe Young Adult and New Adult readers will like this more. It seems to be aimed squarely at them but for me it was OK without being great.
Laila Nelke
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Talk about a really good book! A page turner you're not able to put it down without a fight.
Great start to a completely new series! What a fantastic one! D.G. Swank and Alessandra Thomas done amazing job co-writing this series! It's completely different from what I've read before not that I could claim I've read everything in this genre, no, but it's new from Denise. Love the new magical world Denise and Alessandra built for us, new magical powers and their sources. I absolutely adore all t
Brandy Barber
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it is really cool Phoebe can draw her magic off of her dead ancestors. That Magic seems to come in handy more then you think. I got so upset with how alone the girls are. I would have thought that with the council wanting them to protect the book that they would at least call and check on it. Instead they send the special force to spy on them. Also, Their mom had friends but when she died they could have checked on them. I also think that out of all those dead ancestors someone should ha ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic story!! You really dig deep into the whole magical world and I absolutely love it. Phoebe is one of three sisters charged with keeping the Book of Sin safe. But when her sister and the book are taken she has to rely on Brandon (I don’t trust him) to get both back. Tons of action. Plus throw in the sexy element and you cannot go wrong!
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m like legit stoked for this new series. Took me long enough to read it because I kept going back and rereading it WHILE I was reading it!! I can’t say enough amazing things about this book! I loved how much history you’ve both put into this story. I love the badass women that are the Whelan Sisters. I love how the different magical talents especially Phoebe’s ancestral magic were explained. The way the magic runs through family lines. This is going to be yet another series that has so much po ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talk about 'Simply Awestruck'...
Descended from Shadows is a truly magical story in every sense of the word.
Phoebe, Rowan and Celeste, sisters, witches and protectors of the book of Sindall the darkest magical book known to the magical world...

The book is stolen, Celeste is kidnapped what will Phoebe and Rowan do???

In saunters Brandon Cassidy, Magoe, devastatingly handsome and Phoebe's high school crush!!! talk about awkward... but wait there's more but nope... No spoilers.

I seriously fell for th
Laura Martinez
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is O.M.G., unforgettable, and a page turner. You ever come across a book and when you have to put to down you are constantly thinking about it or even dreaming about it? 🙋🏻‍♀️
This book IS that GOOD! It is phenomenal!!
It has a little bit of everything! Great plot, new awesome characters, and great writing. Revelations were coming left and right, and man was it a nail bitter! So intense. I absolutely loved it! Don’t be hesitant to try this new series. It is out of this world and you wil
Ashley Maude-Lecholat
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, I listened to this book with the audible app because I was driving over 24 hours in two days. I really wish book two had been available because after listening to this first book, I can't wait to read the second! So three sisters, who happen to be witches, have to protect a book full of magical secrets passed down for centuries. It sounds a little far fetched but somehow Denise Grover Swank makes it sound perfectly normal. The three sisters live pretty normal lives and only use their magic t ...more
Sheri P
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything a reader could ask for in a story.
Magic, mystery, an ancient battle between good and evil, and a steamy romance years in the making. Add in fast paced, hold your breath action scenes, and you have a book you CAN NOT put down!
DG Swank is the master of writing strong-willed, relatable heroines! Phoebe Whelan is no exception. Alessandra Thomas and DG Swank have collaborated to bring us the story of three captivating sisters.
Entrusted with a great responsibility the Whelan
Michelle Stuck
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Yet another page turner by Swank! I started reading this while nursing a book hangover from another absolutely fabulous Swank book. Major kudos to both Denise and Alessandra for a fabulous first book in a gripping new series. I admit I was unsure about it because paranormal/urban fantasy isn’t my usual genre but holy cow it was good!

I quickly felt immersed in the lives of Phoebe, Rowan and Celeste and the mystery surrounding them and the Book of Sindal. I love how different each of the sis
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to a new series from these two authors! I loved the adventure they take us on. Love Phoebe and her sisters...all spunky in their own ways. We were given just a glimpse into their magical world. Romance, adventure, magic, evil adversaries, mystery, hunky guy....what could go wrong? I got swept up in the story immediately and couldn't believe it was over. The good news is...more installments are coming! I can't wait to dig more into Celeste and Rowan. What an awesome and strong ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talk about a page turner! I was so engrossed in this novel that I forgot to cook dinner and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading it!

Seriously, this book is jam packed with action & tension that it keeps you invested in the characters journeys and well being from the very first chapter. I cannot wait to see where the story goes in book two!

It was so easy to get lost in the magical realm & to relate to the characters that DG Swank and Alessandra Thomas have created in this book,
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC for this book for my honest review.

I am besides myself at how well written this book is. The idea of a book about witches was never a big thing for me, but after reading this, I want more... so much more!! This book is definitely a page turner, making you wish the book could go on forever. I absolutely love Phoebe, Celeste, and Rowan and I can't forget Brandon (sigh). The sister witches are amazing and strong characters, who don't let anyone get in their way and tell them how t
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Magic, mayhem, secrets, evil, good, all this with three powerful sisters at the helm of it all. Three sisters were given the job to protect the Book of Sindal. A book so powerful if could bring the world to its knees. Problems between each sister rise throughout the years of being together. When one is taken with the book, her sisters will do anything to get her back.

I loved Phoebe's magic. It was powerful as well as a bit unique. Phoebe herself is a strong character who puts family first no ma
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, hells bells! Those last few chapters....... I could not breathe!

It is not my norm to read a paranormal or urban fantasy. And I will be honest with you, I get a little anxious that I may not pick up all that goes on in these books, but rest assure with this author, you will follow along with ease and get swept up in all the goodness.

As the synopsis tells us, we have three witches that are protecting a very special book from all - especially from evil. As they are doing a series of spells to
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of the writing of D.G. Swank and when I saw that she had a new series coming out I was first in line to read it. If you are like me and enjoy reading stories with family drama then, "Descended from Shadows" just might be the read for you. In this paranormal world, three sisters, Phoebe, Celeste and Rowan live on their ancestral family's farm and are tasked with protecting a magical book entitled The Book of Sindal. In the wrong hands this book could be catatrophic to the world. Li ...more
Samantha Malstrom
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loving book 1 and can’t wait for more!!
Descended from Shadows is the first book in a brand new series with witches and magic, action and adventure, an amazing sisterly bond, and a complicated relationship with a familiar guy from the main character’s past. I was immediately drawn in to the story and the sisters’ world and didn’t want the book to end. There’s a lot of depth to the story line and there were some twists and turns I didn’t see coming and I loved every second of it. Even the little d
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

This is the first book in the Book of Sindal series by DG Swank.

Basic premise: Three girls are responsible for the caring of an evil magical tome. They each have their part in conjuring the protection. Celeste has been acting odd lately and when she goes to do her part of the ritual, she disappears and the sisters cannot connection to her via their special bond.

This is the first book in the series so they had a lot of world world building to do. I thought it was all super interesting. Th
Mona  Brown
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. We have three sisters who come from a long line of witches who are tasked with protecting a dangerous magical book from the world. Each one has unique gifts that help to protect and keep it safe. Of course things happen that they don't expect, namely an old high school crush who is even hotter than ever. Plus an evil group that has only been rumored about trying to get their hands on it.
This book is jam packed with mystery, action and a unique view and different tak
Stephanie Schmidt
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Descended from Shadows is the first book in this series by D.G. Swank and Allessandra Thomas. I have read everything D.G. Swank has written, But I am new to Allessandra Thomas. I loved this book so much. Phoebe , Rowan and Celeste have been guarding the Book of Sindal with their magic. Soon the book and Celeste go missing . It's up to Phoebe and the council to find Celeste and the Book of Sindal.This book was a real page turner, I am excited to read the next book in this series. ...more
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Teresa Sambrook
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my good, evil, mystical, magic! What a book! I went in thinking it would be a little Charm like; 3 sister, a magic book, etc... It was so so much more! Good thing I waited for an extra day off to finish this book. Denise Grover Swank and Alessandra Thomas don’t disappoint as they throw us into these witches magical world. While I’m nursing my book hangover and waiting for the 2nd book, I’ll have to look into what else these authors are writing.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Loved it!! I wish i could lock myself in a room and read all day, i seriously didn't want to put down this book. Absolutely love all the characters and the story line was good. Both authors did a wonderful job on this book, can't wait to read the next two books in the series.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when two amazing authors come together and write a series of books?

An epic start to what I’m sure will be a new favorite series!

This first book in the series is a fast pace, witchy romance mystery. I enjoyed the adventure more then I thought I would. Even with this story being about witches, it was still super relatable with family drama, love life drama, and a huge self worth lesson.

It isn’t easy being one of three sisters guarding a book that could change the world as we know
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Not sure who to trust, who is on the Sisters’ side and who is on the Dark side. I was in suspense in trying to find out what their powers could really do. It had me hanging on my seat. These three sisters you just don’t know what will happen, what their fate will be. The last few chapters really have you on edge so make sure you time it right to not be interrupted.
I like how it doesn’t leave you with a big cliff hanger to wait to read the next one. It was very enjoyable and s
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! I’ve never read anything by Alessandra Thomas, but DGS is one of my absolute faves, so I was really excited to try the new series. Witches, action, and romance? Sign me up! It took me a couple chapters to really get into the characters, but once I was drawn in I couldn’t put the book down! The world building is great and learning about the Book of Sindal was super interesting. Tons of fast-paced, page-turning action and a great amount of mystery and steam. I loved meeting Phoebe, Rowa ...more
Andrea Hastings
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book!!! I loved every page of Descended From Shadows. Phoebe is a strong and powerful witch. The three sisters love and bond is wonderful and so is the story of Phoebe's journey to find her sister and the Book of Sindal. Brandon is definitely book boyfriend worthy too. Phoebe and Brandon together is full of chemistry. I was so caught up in Phoebe's story and world that I could not put it down. I definitely will be doing another read through to enjoy it all again!! I can't wait un ...more
Sandra Lancaster
What a fantastic start to this new series! It is an intriguing, action packed story, with a little romance thrown in, that will keep you turning the pages. You are immediately immersed in a magical world of witches, mages and all the facets of that world you would expect and more. I loved how vivid the story seemed to me due to the extremely detailed storytelling. I loved the bond of the three sisters and their fierce love and loyalty to each other. Although it is written by 2 authors, it flows ...more
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