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Shadowspeak

(Realm of Skuggar Series #1)

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Once there was a girl who spoke to shadows...

Rune's mother is uncaring and her brother is too young to protect her, so when Rune's father sells her to the depraved city of Wraith at the young age of ten, no one stops him. His last words to her are of a debt he cannot pay. The shadows who’ve kept Rune company as long as she can remember seem to know what he speaks of and y
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Published February 23rd 2021 by Fox Pointe Publishing
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Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Fox Pointe Publishing). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

🆗❌ Characters
❌ World-building
❌ Plot
❌ Pace / Flashbacks

DNF at 20%

This book is so confusing! We have no details about the world-building or the gods they believe in. There are mentions of rituals and ceremonies, but no explanation whatsoever. It is hard to keep track of what’s happening and to get invested in this book. There are many flashbacks dispersed through the chapters, but
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Susan Stradiotto
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Studiers of the psyche, fans of complicated stories
Thank you to Fox Pointe Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC copy of Shadowspeak.

I'm at a loss for what to say about Shadowspeak. Rather than classifying it as dark fantasy, I'd probably go to the point of calling it psychological fantasy. There is something cathartic about this story, but it's hard to put my finger on what. It's deep and should make you feel if you listen. I liked Rune and sympathized with her and her journey. However, I was not expecting this to take me on the ride it did.

The
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Ashley
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
***NetGalley***

I will be honest, the description is what caught my interest not the cover but boy was it a good read. You will read about the harsh, confusing past and present life of Rune the girl who talks to shadows. She's abused, traded to Wraith, a city of the worst type of revelry and debauchery, escapes with her love only to return to pay a debt(s) that does not belong to her; all while having small bits of visions from the shadows to make sense of her past. This book had me feeling the a
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Emma
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I received this book as a beta reader through Fox Pointe publishing.

I agree with many of the other reviews in that it was very confusing at first. All of the back and forth between memories and reality without a lot of context of time was difficult to understand. I continued to read though because I realized that Rune likely had a lot of PTSD, and it seems that perhaps she was just as confused about her memories because they didn’t fully make sense. Once she had returned to Vodihr and was stabb
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Kiersten Hall
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
'Shadowspeak' is an odyssey into the main character's psyche and the story of how she triumphs over her trauma and fears. If the reader goes into this book expecting the 'same old, same old', the reader will be overwhelmed by the emotional intensity of the book's darkness; the complexity of the plot.

The author does a good job of portraying trauma and the physiological responses to that trauma; sensory, emotions, etc. Rune (M.C.) is at the mercy of her trauma and her abilities. Nine times out of
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Reece
Jan 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
ARC from NetGalley

DNF @ 71%

For starters, that cover is an atrocity, and it makes the book seem so much younger than it is. This is a dark read. It seems Norse in influence. We follow Rune through confusing flashbacks throughout. Half the fucking book is in italics as we are living through Rune's memories with no guidance, no fucking clue what we are reading about, when or why. Things are slowly revealed later, but as you're reading it, it's really bloody confusing. I mean, even later it's fuckin
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Tamara
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shadowspeak kept me at the edge of my seat. It had me yelling "Run" right with the characters. This is one I would keep in my collection to read again! ...more
Jill Criswell
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is different. The main character suffers from PTSD, and when she's triggered--which happens often--the story jumps back and forth between different time periods in her life. She can also see ghosts (called shadows), and when she touches them, or sometimes when she touches a living person, she sees the ghost's or the living person's memories.

All of this jumping around can be disorienting at first, but it really puts you in the character's head--it's disorienting for her too--and I foun
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Bobbi
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Extremely mentally challenging. Love the depth of various levels of memories. Very well written. Gifted,talented author.
Bek (Stories With Bee)
DNF 67%

This is a seriously dark read. The cover of this book doesn’t really reflect the content inside. It makes the book seem like it would appeal to a younger audience and in no way possible should this be for audiences under 18 years.

The author provides content warnings for sexual, emotion, physical, and verbal abuse of children and adults, incest, animal cruelty and drug use, plus a plethora of other pretty heavy topics.

Then there’s the book itself. I really struggled with how often this b
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Aliza Kathryn
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Slow build but once the characters and plot got put into action I couldn’t put it down! Twists at every corner as the story and the mystery unravels memory by memory.
Took a little bit for me to get used to the world building but this this is one of my favorite “worlds” I’ve read in a fantasy novel! Very different thanks others I’ve read which was why it look me a little to get used to it. I can’t wait till more books come out that take place here! I’m dying to know more

Trigger warnings are giv
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Erica B (ricci.reads)
Jan 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
Umm... DNF

Based on the content warnings at the beginning of the book and the other reviews I think I need to skip this one.

~ Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this title ~
Shannon
Plot was too confusing Dnf. A lot of triggering situations that are beyond cruel. The characters were not my favorite.
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