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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,248 ratings  ·  208 reviews
In a time of kings, queens, and conspiracy, it's impossible to know whom one can trust. . . . In a kingdom far away and long ago, it was prophesied at her birth that the queen would die before her sixteenth birthday. So Shadow, an orphan girl the same age as the young queen, was given the duty to watch her every move. And as prophesies do tend to come true, the queen is po ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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May 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shadow has always lived with the queen. She's supposed to protect her. A prophecy told when the queen was born warns that she will be killed by her sixteenth birthday. So Shadow is supposed to be there to take the arrow or sword in her stead.

But when Shadow fails and the queen dies anyway, she's taken by a young knight on a journey of magic and discovery.

Her world isn't what she thought it was.

Final thoughts: Awful, awful book. It's obvious from the beginning what the "twist" is and it's dull in
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I liked this book. :)
Sunny Little
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hopeless Romantics
Recommended to Sunny by: Scholastic's Random Error
Warning: Reviewer might unconsciously give away spoilers because she is severely scatterbrained.

Scratch That: The official blurb of the book has more spoilers than this review.

Once upon a time, I ordered a bunch of books from Scholastic through my school... but I never got them. After a year of staring off into the sunset and hopelessly waiting for my life support books to show up, my teacher’s incoherent excuses led me to believe that Scholastic had either lost them to a) terrorists or b) the k
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books
Shadow is a different sort of book entirely, and while there were elements of the story that I found intriguing, I just didn't connect with this book the way I'd hoped I would.

Shadow, by all accounts, has had a really crappy life. She takes basically nonstop abuse from the people around her at the royal palace, has no friends or allies to speak of, and, when she does deign to have an opinion or an original thought, experiences such fantastic adventures as being locked in the dungeon. Shadow, nee
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This was an impulse grab at the local library, on a day when I needed fun reading to distract me from life, and all my novels were packed already. It was a good choice. Not brilliant, but oddly compelling and hard to put down. Shadow had some serious emotional/ psychological issues, probably of the attachment kind. then again, it would be hard not to have those kind of issues, given her life thus far. Her relationship with Sir Kenway is odd, tentative, annoyed, fond, concerned, and lots of other ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
I rarely rate a one star.

Everything felt so rushed, forced and pushed in this novel. I knew what was going to happen before that, and there was very little time spent allowing the reader to get to know Shadow. It was like BOOM get to know her and like her.

If you read the flap of the book you already know what's going to happen in the first half of the book. Which flaps are good to read but really don't spoil the vast majority of the book.

I found the characters, stiff, stilted, boring and just
May 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA people in need of a light fantasy read
Shelves: fairy-tales
I admit, I was a little bit disappointed in this book. I liked it, and reading it wasn't a waste of time, but it could've been so much better. At times it felt rushed, and some scenes needed more details. Although some of the author's emotional descriptors were good and original, she also had a habit of telling you what Shadow was feeling instead of showing you and some times I didn't really understand why she was feeling that way . . . there was just a lot of stuff that needed more explaining a ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
OK, so I admit I didn't read all the way to the end. I stopped at about the 2/3 mark. Normally, I'd give a DNF two stars, but the writing was actually pretty good, and I think there are plenty of readers who would have much less issue with the things I didn't like.

First of all, the characterization just wasn't quite there, especially at the beginning. It took too long for me to get a real sense of character for Shadow and Kenway, and the rest of the characters never really took full form for me.
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Really hated this book. Not for the plot: I thought that was the interesting thing. There was a lot of potential but the result was aggravating. I couldn't connect with any character, they were all one-dimensional, I was unclear about any person's true motivation (for as much as the word "duty" was thrown around, I didn't see it much). The entire book is written in passive voice: "The door was opened," "the sword was lifted" such that a lot of the action felt anticlimactic. I didn't see any chem ...more
Shadow has lived with Queen Audrey from birth. Both girls are orphans of the same age. Shadow is not a lady in waiting, her task is to be an inseparable companion to an increasingly mad and unpleasant queen who is surrounded by equally abusive and unpleasant ladies in waiting. Shadow's dream is to escape the castle and her grim life.
The sudden death of Queen Audrey turns Shadow's life upside down as her try destiny and identity are slowly revealed.
Palace intrigue, mysterious visions, alarming
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shadow has lived in the castle her whole life, but always behind the queen. When she finally gets her chance at freedom and possibly a handsome knight, will she be up for it? This book is Shadow by Jenny Moss. I read this book because 1) I adore fantasy books and they are some of my favorite things to read (ahem, Harry Potter) and 2) This was an impulse grab from the school book fair. However, this book turned out to be one of my favorites in nothing flat. It has adventure, romance, mystery and ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like to be bored and confused out of their minds
Recommended to Lauren by: i found it on my english teacher's shelf.
Shelves: fantasy
I cracked this puppy open under the illusion that it would be a fun romantic fantasy with a headstrong heroine.
Assumptions can be dangerous.

The first thing that bothered me about this book was the simple writing. I don't mind some simply-written novels. I kind of enjoy it when a book doesn't reek of prose-fairy vomit. However, this was ridiculous. Everything was narrated so bluntly that it felt quite anti-climatic.

The slew of charaters [even the heroine herself!] were all very one-dimensional an
Annlin Titus
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shadow by Jenny Moss

The book ''Shadow'' by Jenny Moss follows the story of a fifteen (turning sixteen) year old girl who is the ''shadow'' or ''look-out'' of a young queen because it was once prophesied that the queen would die before her sixteenth birthday. After an unfortunate turn of events, Shadow and a handsome young knight head of on a quest into the woods to find a third person in order to save the kingdom of Deor from the unrightful rule of the queen's power seeking uncle. I very much e
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
All Shadow wants is to run away to freedom. But alas, she does not have that luxury. Years ago, it was prophesized that the young queen Audrey would die before her sixteenth birthday, and so Shadow, an orphan girl, was given the duty of being the queen’s companion and protector. When tragedy and murder strike, Shadow is forced to flee the castle under the protection of young Sir Kenway. She does not know why she must follow the knight’s orders or where she is going, yet she continues on, determi ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Shadow reminds me of a classic fairy tale. There is royalty, a suffering country, good vs evil, enchantment, and a strong heroine. I love fairy tales! That special, magical feel is captured by Jenny Moss with her words and beautiful descriptions.

Most fairy tales have a strong heroine. In this book, Shadow is that character. Perhaps she drew some of her strength from the years she was imprisoned in the castle and forced to follow the queen. Maybe she was actually born with an inner strength
Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arc
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Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
I like this book more than I thought I would. It's the sort of book I tend to like, though, you know with royalty types and romance and adventure and a fairy tale-ish feel. Though, this book has a darker feel than Shannon Hale's books (to give you a point of comparison).

The main character, Shadow, is the personal companion/bodyguard of the Queen. She is the only one who stays with the queen all the time--and everyone's paranoid about the Queen because it's been foretold that she'll be killed bef
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is not available until spring 2010. I read a prepublished readers copy. It is for young adults. It is about a young girl who is to always be near the side of the young girl who is to be the next queen. She doesn't know her own name as she is only called "Shadow".
After the untimely death of the young queen, Shadow escapes with a young prince, and travels the countryside. They discover burned out villages and destruction everywhere as new factions try to overturn the governing parties. A
Fiona Steele
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: term-3
In this fairy-tale like book, a prophecy was given that the queen was to die before her sixteenth birthday. An orphan girl, named Shadow, is the same age as the queen and has been by the Queen's side since birth. She watches the Queen's every move, and it set to protect her. Shadow has never set foot outside of the castle walls. When something terrible happens she escapes from the castle, with the help of a knight names Sir Kenway. As Shadow and Sir Kenway travel further from the castle, she fin ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An orphan girl, Shadow, has been with Queen Audrey ever since she can remember. She is the same age as the young queen. It is prophecied that the queen will die before her sixteenth birthday. Mysteriously, the queen is murdered in her sleep. Shadow feels it is partly her fault because Shadow knew the queen was having painful nightmares and did not wake her. Sir Kenway, who Shadow believes was betrothed to the queen, takes her away along with another girl named Ingen. Filled with romance and adve ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jared Gordy
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow 06/19

Deor is a fantasy land where a young girl named Shadow lives. The land is ruled by a cruel regent that without mercy kills any who gets in his way and controls the queen who is too young to rule. There was a threat to the entire royal family when the queen’s mother and father were murdered. Supposedly the culprit will be back for the queen before she is old enough to rule at 16. Shadow was placed at the side of the queen to protect the queen, but was unaware of this fact. Shadow was
Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
I can already see where this book is leading
3/1/17 pg 112
Dislikes: Starts off as if its a second book. Things are not explained or fleshed out such as Shadows connections to other characters. There seems to be some insta attraction and the amount of cruelty she faces is never explained. If she is important enough to be raised with the queen why is she not treated like the typical royal companion but more of a cinderella type deal. She mentions instances of when she was on good terms with the que
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I confess that I knew almost right away what the twist would be in this book. I also recognize that there wasn't a whole lot of action either but I have to be honest and say that I read this book in one sitting. After reading several long complicated books that are part of a trilogy I was happy to have an easy fun book to read. It wasn't horribly violent, there were some interesting characters and I actually liked how Shadow and Sir Kenway took a bit of time to get to know each other. A good rea ...more
Alyssa Taylor
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The main character, Shadow, has grown up spending every minute with the Queen, a girl foreseen to be murdered at 16. Shadow has no idea why she is forced to stay with her at all times enduring the Queens and her ladies abuse. She dreams of one day escaping to lead her own life. But fate has something else in store for her entirely.

This was a fast read with some surprise twists. I enjoyed the book.
Puja Harikumar
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I forgot how good this book is. At first glance, it's a generic medieval fantasy adventure complete with a chosen one, elderly councilman/mentor, and an evil regent. But it's also got really deep themes involving the balance of man and nature, what it means to accept one's destiny, and choosing between duty and family. Really amazing. It's like a game of thrones junior novel without all the racism/incest/swearing/ bitter cynicism that some people might like but I'm frankly sick of ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent middle grade novel. You could see the main character grow up emotionally, which felt fairly realistic for how a 15/16 year old would do. Slightly stiff in how the characters speak to one another, but they may just be reflecting the "olden times" before modern slang really took place (I guess, not that I know much of historical linguistics). ...more
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Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I bought shadow about a year ago from a used book store, started reading it, then quit for some reason. Now I've actually read it!! It was a pretty good book. It was extremely predictable and on a much lower reading level than I am used to. Overall though, it was good. ...more
Amy Sue
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I first read Shadow when I was 13 years old. Read it again 9 years later. DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

The story is about a young women who has been designated to be the queens shadow. She never leaves the queens side in order to prevent the prophecy from coming true.... dun, dun, dun!!
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Jenny Moss lives in Texas and writes.

She is the author of SHADOW (Scholastic Press) and WINNIE'S WAR and TAKING OFF (Walker/Bloomsbury). She also writes under her birth name, Jennifer McKissack (the YA Gothic SANCTUARY, Scholastic Press).

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