Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.
As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.
This book really surprised me. I knew it sounded good, but I’m shocked at how much I loved it. The pacing was great and I read it way faster than most fantasies.
The characters were what stood out most. Sora (spirit) had so much strength. She never gave up and wanted to be the best person she could be. Her gemina, Daemon (Wolf) was so supportive of Sora. His strength was fighting, but he wasn’t very good at magic. Daemon didn’t know who his family was and he definitely made Sora and the others family. Fairy was my favorite. She’s Sora’s roommate and is good with poisons/potions. Broomstick is Fairy’s gemina and he was good with fire. This friendship was so strong and I adored each of them.
“Work hard. Mischief Harder.”
The Taigas are warriors that use magic and fighting to protect the Empress and the Imperial City. Ten years ago, The Empress Aki had to fight and kill her twin brother, Prince Gin. He let power get to his head and would have destroyed everything. However, Prince Gin isn’t really dead. He has been teaching others a new type of magic and creating Ryuus. They can see particles in the air and manipulate them for their magic. It makes them more deadly than the taiga. Prince Gin can also hypnotize others to do his will. He is planning on killing his sister and taking over the palace.
The old ways won’t stop the ryuu and Prince Gin. Sora and Daemon decide that they need to do something, even if it gets them killed. They decide to follow Prince Gin and sneak onto his boat. Things don’t go well and Sora is under the prince’s spell. But for some reason, it doesn’t affect Daemon. He’s able to get word back to the Empress, but they are unprepared for how bad this battle will be.
The book has myths and wonderful storytelling. I enjoyed the writing and the fast pace. There is a focus on friendship and family along with all the fighting and magic. I cannot wait for book two.
I gave this book 5 stars. I won an arc from Evelyn and I can’t thank her enough for my beautiful personalized copy (with letter and swag). I also have a finished copy ordered and can’t wait to get it. This cover is gorgeous!
Have you read Circle of Shadows yet? Is it on your TBR?