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Dumnorix princess and born warrior, Talyn Dynan was the finest fighter of her generation. With her Callanan partner at her side, she was invincible, reckless, a death-knell to their enemies. But after her partner is torn away from her, Talyn is left broken, wracked with guilt and unable to regain the confidence she once had. Could an unexpected mission to the mysterious ...more
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Published June 19th 2019 by Tate House
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Kaitlin
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2019
*I read this as a judge for the #SPFBO as this is a finalist*

Full video review here: https://youtu.be/VpjanbtR2pI

4.25*s overall :)
Mark Lawrence
I haven't read this yet, but it's a finalist in the 5th Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #SPFBO, so it must be good!

Read more about the contest here: https://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/...
Lukasz
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s the only SPFBO 2019 finalist I haven’t heard about before the contest. Judging it by the cover, I wasn’t in a hurry to pick it up. The cover tells nothing about the story, except that there will be blades. It looks… uninspiring? And don’t get me started on the atrocious font. Covers matter. Frankly, I wouldn’t touch it if it weren’t for The Fantasy Hive team announcing it as their finalist.

And that would be a serious mistake because A Tale of Stars and Shadow is brilliant, immersive and
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kartik narayanan
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A Tale of Stars and Shadow is a good fast paced fantasy read but it just feels like a retread of a story that we have seen before.

Don't get me wrong. Even if the story is unoriginal or the beats predictable (tell me that you didn't figure out who the Shadowhawk was, the moment another character was introduced), the journey is still interesting. It is like watching an 80s action movie - you know what is going to happen but you still enjoy it anyway. You know how the twists and turns will occur,
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Bibliomedico
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Full Review : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20...


Thanks to Rachel From Rachel's Random Resources For giving me the opportunity to be part of this Blog tour and for giving me the chance to read such a great book .

As This is the first book I've read byLisa Cassidy , I was really surprised by her amazing writing style , deep words , incredible world building , visual descriptions and outstanding complex characters . This book was the perfect Fantasy read , It got everything .

The
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Shalini
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a complex tale of 2 warriors the Dumronix Princess Tayln and the Shadowhawk. Both had a mission to help the human folks of Mithranar. A tenuous bond was forged until an enemy began to upset the balance.

My first book by author Lisa Cassidy, the worldbuilding was amazing. It was quite a detailed and slow read to begin with where I got a bit confused until both the characters reached the land of Mithranar. Talyn and Shadowhawk were covered more in shadows but walking in the path of light,
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Laura Hughes
I utterly adored this book. Read our full group review here.
Esme
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Talyn was once a part of the elite fighting force known as the Callanan until she was brought to her knees by the death of her partner, Sari. She dropped out of the Callanan and became a Kingsheild guard instead, but she was hiding a secret … she didn’t want to be a warrior anymore. If that secret got out it could be the end of her. The leader of the Kingsheild figured this out and blackmailed her into taking an assignment in a foreign land. A land where slavery is still practiced, humans are ...more
Pam
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book

This book was a joy to read from start to finish, female heroine, winged folk, what more could you ask for. Going to start book 2 as soon as I've finished this review.
T.O. Munro
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this as one of the fantasy-hive's semi-finalists in the fifth self publishing fantasy blog off.

This is an intriguing tale of a woman warrior damaged by grief on assignment to a city characterised by deep inequalities between the human workers and the winged aristocrats who our protagonist is contracted to serve.

There are few points where nautical or military details might have been a little more convincing but this is a strong character driven story and as a team we selected it as the
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Alysha King
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So the reason I didn't give this 5 stars was that the pace for me was a bit slower than what I generally like - I'm not really one for the slow burn but otherwise this book was fabulous!

The protagonist, Talyn, is a broken warrior/princess (although, she's a badass, slit-your-throat-with-her-sai type princess) who is sent on a vague and mysterious mission to train up a protection detail for the youngest prince of a neighbouring country. Also, there is a shadowy Robin Hood-esque character that
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Katiria
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-books
*** I received this book by Rachel Random Resources Tour in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Rachel and Tate House for the opportunity to read and review A Tale of Stars and Shadow! ***

Ohh heck yes! When I first saw this amazing book on a blog tour for Rachel Random Resources Tour and saw the genre was young adult, fantasy. I had to join in on the blog tour because yall now I absolutely and thoroughly love reading young adult fantasy books, and A Tale of Stars and Shadow did
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Asrar Lydia
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUGH

I loved this book.
I loved this book

It’s well written, has a really cool world building and good characters. I could really relate to Talyn, and the human/winged human aspect of the story was a nice twist!

The plot was so intriguing.
I was hooked from the beginning, and the way it panned out was unexpected to say the least! I can’t wait to jump on the sequel and everything Lisa Cassidy has ever written. Ever.

Jan
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can never go wrong with a warrior princess! Never! This book has fantastic heart, action and world building. It was a joy to read and i found the pages flew by. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.
Lorna
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It started slow but by about a third of the way through I couldn't put it down! And that ending!


Fantastic book, great prose and characters. I highly recommend it and will be buying the sequel in about thirty seconds!
Lucy-May
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 Stars

This was a book that I spent half of the time unsure of & the other half absolutely loving! I was after a story with a strong battle ready female-protag who lives her life questioning the orders of those above her & this book completely surprised me by supplying me with that. This is a long book, so there are lots of small plots all knitted together; there are criminals, soldiers, humans with wings, stuck up royalty, spies, a Robin Hood-esque side character & a
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John Tate
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the Mage Chronicles by Lisa Cassidy and really enjoying the series I signed up to read an early copy of her new book, A Tale of Stars and Shadow. This is another great read! I loved the main character and the motley crew she gathers around her. The plot is really interesting with all its twists and turns. I can't wait to read the next book...
Jeanette Davis
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read! The characters and setting are so well described by Lisa that I was there!
The plot also had me immersed in the book until the very end!
Calvin Park
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, spfbo-2019
A Tale of Stars and Shadow is the story of Talyn Dynan, a sort-of princess and definitely badass warrior spy. Lisa Cassidy gives us a story with plenty of intriguing characters, poignant moments, and fascinating world building. The story turns on Talyn being sent as a sort of liaison from her own kingdom to a neighboring one. But there are layers to this mission that complicate matters exponentially, and the culture of Mithranar doesn’t make Talyn’s job any easier either.

My favorite parts of
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A.M. Justice
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 of 5 (SPFBO rating, 5.5/10)

I have a nostalgic soft spot for The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the best thing about this book was how it hit that button dead on. It’s always fun to guess the secret identity of a clandestine character, and the need to see whether I was right kept me turning the pages. However, although I liked the (admittedly trope-filled) story, much of the storytelling left me cold, and early on, I very nearly DNF’d this book. Primarily, the writing was verbose and overwritten at
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Kym's Open Books
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I loved it. Truly. First off, it’s about a princess trained to be a warrior. Tough chick book for the win! I fell in love with the characters. Cassidy has the talent to build those characters into people you feel you know. I felt very invested in them!

The one problem I had with the book was that I felt it had more story to give. What was the point of her quest? I wanted more info and more climactic events to squelch that curiosity. Now, is this a bad thing? No. Cassidy has me hooked
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Elisabeth
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so impressed with this book! A Tale of Stars and Shadow was everything I could ask for in a unique, dystopian fantasy. I loved the magical, medieval like word in which the story took place.
I savored each paragraph and every chapter, reading slowly because I did not want the book to end.
Lisa Cassidy’s fantastic world building, impressive complexity of her well developed characters, and mind-blowing, jaw-dropping ending, blended with a beautiful and colorful writing style was a real treat.
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Jessica Belmont
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Tale of Stars and Shadowimpressed me based on the blurb. I was so excited to read it and I am so glad I did. It was such a fantastic Fantasy read with everything I look for in a book!

Lisa Cassidy’s writing style is beautiful. She has this wonderful way with words that draws you in and keeps you hooked on every sentence. The world-building is amazing. The visual descriptions were easy for me to get lost in. I could imagine myself there instantly.

I loved, loved, LOVED Talyn. She is a strong,
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Elizabeth Muller
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get an early review copy of this wonderful book. From the beggining I was totally immersed in this fantastic world, filled to the brim with rich and diverse cultures, race and class divisions and political intrigue. And then the characters. Talyn and her rag-tag bunch of rogues and outcasts captured my heart and imagination with their vulnerability and determination. As they navigate a treacherous and tumultuous landscape caught between two coexisting yet antagonistic ...more
E
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I was so excited to be in the advanced reader group, because I enjoyed the Mage Chronicles so much.
This was another book of Lisa’s I couldn’t put down.
The main character Talyn feels like someone you can relate to but is also extremely impressive in warrior status. I thought the characters and the descriptions of the landscapes and people had a lot of depth and were really well developed. The complexity just kept coming, characters developing further and finding their own
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Dane
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to be on the advanced readers list for Lisa Cassidy's first foray into epic fantasy (as compared to her YA Mage Chronicles - also well worth a look). I wasn't sure how I felt about trying to get across new fantasy characters and a new world as there's always a bit of an investment in epic fantasy series. I tried to pace myself, reading a few chapters here and there, before suddenly staying up to the wee hours to finish it with the excuse "I just want to get to the end of ...more
Cyndi
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I signed up to be an advance reader for this book as I loved the author's previous series (Mage Chronicles) so much. I've just finished reading this and loved it. There's a wide variety of characters, each with their own distinct personalities and backstories. There's also enough happening to keep the pace moving, but I did like the second half of the novel more as I think the book picks up from that point, and I like a fast-moving story.

Personally, I'm finding the names of places and people in
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Philleys Peters
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent young adult fantasy. An exciting world that drew me in and kept me spellbound! Talyn is such a mesmerizing character! She is an elite female warrior, the best of the best, sent to a foreign country to train a contingent of guards for their youngest prince. A country of winged men and where humans are looked down upon. Talyn has her hands full while suffering from her own personal tragedy and training a bunch of criminals. Say what? Read this book! You will love these guys, ...more
Levita Loca
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Lisa Cassidy's Mage Chronicles, I signed up to be an advanced reader of A Tale of Stars and Shadow. Lisa Cassidy weaves a beautiful and complex tapestry of this new fantasy world. From the point I received the advanced copy, I was immersed in the country of Mithranar, experiencing the home of the magical winged folk and sharing in protagonist, Talyn Dynan's adventures, interactions and intrigues. Talyn is easy to like. Warrior. Leader. Fighter. She is also a traumatised and broken ...more
Mark
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

I have really enjoyed read this spfbo 2019 finalist, best one I have enjoyed so far.

A good strong female characters with flaws and nicely written over coming all the odds storyline.

Nicely interesting unseen ending, but kinda was expecting a twist but not that one.

Good but at moment under explained magic system, good slow world building and can’t wait for book 2.

I like this style of book, it’s what grew up reading in the 80s and the 90s.

Highly recommended to all my Goodreads friends.
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