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Descended from Shadows

(Book of Sindal #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  75 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
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
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
Brandy Barber
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 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
Elisa Hordon
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 will
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 thi
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
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Shawna  Wood (A Girl and Her Books)
********3.5 Stars******

Overall I felt this was a good first book in a series. It did a great job of setting up the world and storyline that will drive the next two books in this series. I will say that it did take me a bit to actually get into the story (about 100 pages) but once I did this book was fast paced and full of action. I think my biggest issue with the book is that it was asked to do too much as the first book. It had to world build, set the conflict and start/complete Bran and Phebs
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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What a magical start to a new series.
Descended from Shadows begins the story of the Book of Sindal.
We are introduced to the three sisters Phoebe, Rowan, and Celeste.
One very questionable, and quite handsome, captain of the guards Brandon.
And quite a few friendly, as well a nefarious secondary characters

Phoebe is the middle sister, she carries the gift of ancestral magic. Out of all the sisters, I think she leads with her emotions the most. Being the middle child she is also the peacekeeper. I
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.75-4 stars. This was a good book! Descended from Shadows is the first book in the Book of Sindal series. This book is Phoebe and Brandon's story. Phoebe and her two sisters are witches. In their witch community, the women in their family has been tasked for hundreds of years with the responsibility of guarding the Book of Sindal. The mysterious book is full of evil spells that could ruin the world if they get put in the wrong hands. Now, as the keepers of the book, Phoebe and her sisters hold ...more
Meylia Savitri
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Ms. Swank and Ms. Thomas for sending me the ARC of your book for my honest review!

Here are my review points (It’s Spoiler Free, just some basic things you need to know):

1. First of all, let me say that I’m not a big fan of urban fantasy, but this book’s so good and totally a page turner 🖤 The plot can keep me interested to know more of the story.

2. It was about three witch sisters, Rowan, Phoebe, and Celeste Whelan who are responsible to guard a magic “Book of Sindal” from falling to t
Kylie Guiking
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Cody Bauchman and DG Swank for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

I loved this book. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did and I was pleasantly surprised so let's dive in to why I loved this so much!

1. The world building - I loved how Swank introduced us to the characters, the world of the witches and the council that oversees everything. Also the importance of the Book of Sindal and why the Whelan Sisters are chosen to guard it. Swank gave enough that it
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Descended from Shadows by D.G. Swank
“the power of three, 5 stars”

In Descended from Shadows we meet three sisters, Phoebe, Rowan, and Celeste. They come from a long line of strong witches and are tasked to keep the book of sin safe and out of the hands of evil. Each of them has mastered their type of magic and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the book safe, including living a life of solitude. Then the book and Celeste go missing. Rowan and Phoebe know they were taken, but try convinci
Jennifer Pierson
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOLY WOW! First of all, this duo of authors is a power team, as I would have never guessed that this story was written by two people, it was that perfectly smooth. Second, I was transported into such a magical world that I was upset to find myself back into my boring old normal world when I finished every last page. Descended from Shadows is the beginning of a new series about 3 sisters, Phoebe, Rowan, and Celeste, who have been tasked with protecting an extremely dark magic book, the Book of Si ...more
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Other books in the series

Book of Sindal (3 books)
  • Reign of Mist (Book of Sindal Book Two)
  • Crown of Blood (Book of Sindal Book Three)