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Sunshield

(Outlaw Road #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  59 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
Published May 26th 2020 by Harper Voyager
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/05/25/...

Desolate canyons. A lawless wilderness. Bands of outlaws roaming the frontier and attacking traveling wagons. All this in the publisher’s description for Sunshield should have clued me in to what I was in for, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I started this novel to find a fantasy western. Lark is our protagonist, known to the world as the Sunshield Bandit because of her shining mirrored buckler and the reflected
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Rachel
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been so long since I've read a book that kept me up late at night. I've fallen way behind on my reading and writing with everything else that's been going on so it was such a relief to find a fantasy book where I found myself completely immersed, deeply enough to tune out the outside world.

The world of Sunshield is a complicated one, but Emily expertly broke it down into bite sized pieces. We have a world of separate countries on the brink of civil war. Some want to continue the slave trade
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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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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

Publisher's Description:

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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FanFiAddict
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 6.0/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Sunshield for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

Sunshield is an enjoyable fantasy western that, for me, took a little too long to find its groove. Having said that, once the storylines began to converge, the plot and pacing picked up speed and lead to a satisfying conclusion.

So yeah, fantasy western. Haven’t seen many of those in my time as a reviewer (or as a reader fo
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Marzie
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sunshield is the first novel in an epic fantasy duology, Outlaw Road with three central POV characters, Prince Veran, an Eastern ambassador from the Silverwood, Tamsin, a woman who has been kidnapped, brutalized, and held prisoner under horrible conditions, and Lark, the famed Sunshield bandit. The story alternates between these three figures and the link between them evolves over the course of this first novel. As the story opens, Veran and his friend Princess Eloise are at the court of Alcoro, ...more
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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Angeli
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Slow start. Interesting enough that I will be reading book 2.
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 ???
Stephanie
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I loved the Creatures of Light trilogy so much that I went ahead and bought Sunshield. (Harper Collins was having a sale!)

It's set about 20 or so years after the events of the first trilogy and Outlaw Road will be a duloagy. The conclusion Floodpath comes out in March 2021 and I'm looking forward to it. Sunshield ended on a cliffhanger!

I strongly recommend reading the Woodwalker, Ashes to Fire, and Creatures of Light first. It will help to understand so much of the world. Not just character wis
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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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Sherry
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

It took me a little while to get invested, but I wound up enjoying this fantasy novel.

The story is told from the perspectives of three different characters. One of them is Lark, a former bondservant (a slave in all but name) turned outlaw who robs stagecoaches to support herself and other escapees. Veran is an ambassador to the court of Moquoia who hopes to negotiate an end to their bond-servant labor system and the trade in abducted children that feeds it. And Tamsin is an abductee bei
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Gabrielle Mathieu
The podcast with Emily Martin is up at the New Books Network in Fantasy https://bit.ly/2ZCZkqp.
A frustrated prince out to make a name for himself, a mysterious young woman who goes by the name of the Sunshield Bandit, and a prisoner named Tamsin—Emily B. Martin lets us get to know each character in alternating POVs, while still keeping the eventual connections hidden. Martin makes you empathize with her characters, creating the rare plot-driven book where you still feel like you’re following the
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Libby McDermott Voight
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so excited when I found out Emily B. Martin was going to write new books in the Creatures of Light world! This is set about 20 years after that series about the next generation, including the kids of our favorite heroes.

Martin's books all have such a strong sense of place in the physical world, in this case the desert. I can definitely tell she used her park ranger survival knowledge in the descriptions. This story builds on the themes of environmentalism and how we're all connected, both
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Amy Tychell
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five star cliffhanger! This is a great read! All the delights of an entirely new perspective (the Wild West, or East, or something). You can sink your teeth into this narrative. I love being taken to somewhere new, with a whole set of unexpected challenges and no easy fix. It's not like magic is cropping up in the desert and solving all the problems. We have bandits, we have rustlers, we have empires and slave rescues. Nature is thwarted and she fights back, big time. Realism reigns. There are s ...more
Cam
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pleasant surprise on the "new releases" shelf at the lobal library, which I could visit with an appointment, so I spent more time looking at anything with an interesting spine! It's the sort of pleasurable discovery that you with you'd found when the series is already published, so I'm happy to hear Martin's prior series is part of the same world. That said, Martin does a good job of making the seemingly unrelated characters sympathetic and their eventual intersections fun and dramatic as well. ...more
Karen Parisot
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the author of the Creatures of Light series comes a new YA novel set in that same fantasy world. The story alternates points of view between Lark aka the Sunshield bandit, Veran and Tamsin though most of the story is told through the eyes of Lark and Veran. Desperate to save a failing diplomatic mission, Veran enlists the help of Lark in finding the kidnapped Tamsin. I loved these characters so much! Lark has had a hardscrabble life, she’s tough, resourceful, and has a big heart. Veran has ...more
Rachel
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This book is set in the same world as Martin's other series. I hadn't read her previous work, but still enjoyed this as a standalone.

The story alternates points of view between Lark aka the Sunshield bandit, Veran and Tamsin though most of the story is told through the eyes of Lark and Veran. Desperate to save a failing diplomatic mission, Veran enlists the help of Lark in finding the kidnapped Tamsin. I loved these characters so much! Lark has had a hardscrabble life, she’s tough, resourceful,
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Marissa
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Argh, I should’ve DNF’d this. This put me in such a slump.

I didn’t know until after halfway in that this book takes place in the same world as another of the author’s series. Partially explains why I felt the world building was lacking so much and I was just confused a majority of the time. But the worse sin was that I couldn’t stand the characters, especially Lark. Well Veran was alright and Tamsin was barely there. But Lark was just SO obnoxious. I didn’t understand her at all. I didn’t like t
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Amy Campbell
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, I didn't like Lark at first, but I figured that was because it would allow room for her arc and for me to like her later. I was right. She's a complicated character and has more to her than meets the eye, even though she herself thinks she's not that deep (just trying to survive, after all.) Tamsin was a mystery to me until things started to come together—I knew she would be important. The payoff for finding out about her was worth the wait!

Veran was my favorite character. His ac
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Troy
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
This was a solid 4 star book for me.

My understanding is that this novel takes place in the same world as her Woodwalker Trilogy, which I have not read. Based on how much I enjoyed this one though, I'm definitely going to be checking them out.

This was a great adventure style fantasy novel with some really well done world building, some political intrigue and some terrific action scenes. It's told from the POV of three main characters which worked to keep the story moving along. I particularly li
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Dank Beans
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
I disliked this book very much. Perhaps it was the warnings against "ethnocentric bias" before the story even got going, perhaps it was the fact that the kingdom was subject to the persuasion of the Ashoki (think main stream media in bard form) instead of the people, perhaps it was the jarringly poor audio quality of the voice actor for Lark, or perhaps it was just a slow boring book. I'm not even sure why I hung in until the end, but the end is where the second star comes from. If the entire bo ...more
Pat
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enthralling, though since this is my first Emily Martin, I'm aware I've missed some stuff; apparently it's part of a larger arc. The multiple-narrator thing doesn't always work for me, but it's terrific here.

I like Martin's writing style: not overly descriptive, but just descriptive enough. Her description of the desert is evocative.

But--! But--! It's just part of a story! I was crushed to get to the end and realize that there's more coming--sometime.

Still, a great read, and I look forward to re
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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.
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Janie Anderson
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author #Emily B. Martin of #Woodwalker has once again given us a delight.Her new novel #Sunshield has a cover that catch’s your attention.And the character Lark who is a “outlaw “ in a lawless wilderness,on a quest will take you on a ride.
Have fun.🎈
Thank you #Harper Collins,#Netgalley and #Emily B. Martin
Elizabeth Bentley
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I devoured the previous trilogy, and Sunshield did not disappoint. Having the background of the previous books helped in getting me hooked into this storyline quicker, but it definitely can be enjoyed as a stand alone book. Although I would also highly recommend those first, just for spoiler reasons. I couldn't put the book down, and I can't wait for the sequel! ...more
Ellen Thayn
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Read as a potential RC title. The first half of the book dragged but I enjoyed the second half when two of the main characters finally interact. Also, the big reveal seemed pretty obvious so having the book abruptly end after that didn't really work for me. I wish there had been less in the beginning and had gone a little past the reveal to set-up the next book. ...more
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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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