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Sunshield

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A lawless wilderness. A polished court. Individual fates, each on a quest to expose a system of corruption.

The desolate canyons of Alcoro - and the people desperate enough to hide there - couldn’t be more different from the opulent glass palace and lush forests of Moquoia. But the harsh desert and gleaming court are linked through their past, present, and future: a history
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Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Harper Voyager
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Intisar Khanani
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Full review to come.

Actual rating 4.5
Hannah Osborn
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"You act like a person needs to be whole to be considered a person at all."

Sunshield by Emily B. Martin

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A lawless wilderness. A polished court. Individual fates, each on a quest to expose a system of corruption.

The desolate canyons of Alcoro—and the people desperate enough to hide there—couldn’t be more different from the opulent glass palace and lush forests of Moquoia. But the harsh desert and gleaming court are linked through their past, present, and future: a history
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Beth Cato
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, netgalley
I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley.

Emily B. Martin brought a fresh, vibrant new fantasy world to life in her Woodwalker trilogy. Now, she digs deeper into her setting with Sunshield, the start of a new series that does not require having read the previous books (though I highly recommend you do!).

This book is that rare entity of the genre: a fantasy western, full of the realistic details that Martin (an experienced park ranger) laces into all of her books. Lark is the titu
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Leona
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya, earc
Both the cover and the description drew me to Sunshield. I was not disappointed.

I discovered upon finishing this book that it's set in Emily B. Martin's Woodwalker universe. Having not read any of those books was no problem - you don't need to have read them to enjoy this book. That said, I'm looking forward to going back to explore them.

Thanks to my general distraction in April 2020, it took me a little while to get into the story. The book is told from 3 points of view, which means you're goi
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Danielle T
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, travel, ya
First thing to mention if you haven't read any of Emily's works before: she is also an accomplished artist and draws concept art/style sheets for her characters- you can see this art on her instagram here!

Sunshield is the first of a duology in the Woodwalker world, set 20 years after the trilogy. Moving westward on the continent and in genre, three first-person viewpoints are deftly woven into a compelling narrative that pulls no punches about how geopolitical actions affect the common folk with
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Shania White
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall, I’m going to rate this book 3.5/5*. I found myself going back and forth a lot on my feelings with this book. Particularly with how I felt about the main characters. The story is told from 3 different main character POVs in turn. Typically this isn’t a preferred type of book for me, but I actually thought it worked well for this one. Tamsin, one of the main characters, was hands down my favorite character, despite her POV being a bit boring at times (compared to the other two anyway). Sh ...more
Lovely Loveday
Sunshield is a captivating story with characters you will love and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A beautifully written story that the author takes you along while she world builds by letting you discover the culture and world by experiencing it through her words. The characters are well-written, intriguing and relatable. Sunshield is a wonderful story. I look forward to reading more from the author. 
Fallon
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
At first the rotating of POVs in this one made the pacing a little slower but as they start to come together I was glued and found the 3 points of views necessary. This is a fun adventure story. I liked Lark and how she was more than just an outlaw. She kind of reminded me of a Robin Hood of sort. She was always trying to see to the less fortunate and abandoned. If you like intrigue and adventure in your story then this should be your next read!
Jessica
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well, until I was two thirds of the way through and realized this wasn't going to be a stand alone novel! I love the detail the author put into this new world she created and how she elegantly wove the three perspectives into one story.

I received a copy through Goodreads giveaways.
Callie
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was excited to receive an advanced copy to read more from the world of Creatures of Light. The book started a little slow but once I was invested in the story and the new characters I was hooked. Looking forward to the next book!
Kathy
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I did enjoy the story but was disappointed with the end of the book. No resolution for any of the characters and we are left hanging wondering the outcome. It seems like the author intends to write episodes ???
T. Frohock
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
Paul
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good stuff. This is a solid fantasy, and the author's imagination shines thru nicely. I don't read a lot of fantasy, but this one worked for me. I may have to circle back to her other titles.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
Sydney Akers
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I loved the characters and the world and the plot. It was so masterfully written, and I love how she world builds by allowing us (the readers) to discover the culture and world by experiencing it. The characters were amazing, relatable, and well written. There are not words to describe exactly how I feel about this book, but I loved being able to dive back into a world that I loved with new characters and story. I highly, highly recommend this if you love great and ...more
Joe Crowe
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent action 'n adventure story, and the author clearly had an amazing time writing it.

I say that because it contains a breathtakingly realized world and society, and a terrific hero cut from the same cloth as Katniss Everdeen and Ripley.

The story contains political intrigue, which is surprisingly quite good here. I say surprisingly because generally when such intrigue appears in a sci-fi-ish novel, I scream "get to the aliens!" the whole time people are speechifying in those sc
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Park ranger by summer, stay-at-home mom the rest of the year, I am also a freelance artist and illustrator. An avid hiker and explorer, my experiences as ranger helped inform the character of Mae and the world of WOODWALKER.

When not patrolling places like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, or Philmont Scout Ranch, I live in South Carolina with my husband, Will, and two daughters, Lucy and Am
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