Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cloak of Shadows by C.K. Dawn

- Goodreads Synopsis -
The gloaming is near

What if all you've ever known of King Arthur's legend was a lie to mislead you from the truth? What if Camelot truly existed, but was destroyed to keep its secrets? And, what if there were descendants of the Knights of the Round Table defending us today from the creatures that lurk within the shadows? If the gloaming came looking for you would you answer its call? 

Fourteen year old Abigail Thorne answered the gloaming and it turned her life upside down. Along with her mentor Lourdes Reese, a seasoned hunter in the King's Court, they banish the evil shadows while most dociles sleep in their beds. Fighting hidden creatures that feed on humans, glimpsing fractures that lead to another world, and wielding magical weapons all before geometry? That's a normal day for Abbey now, and she loves every minute of it. As for Lourdes Reese, she has unique abilities that can't be explained and is the best hunter the King's Court has seen in over a thousand years. Abbey and Lourdie have no idea that being sent to Britain will unleash a chain of events that will change everything and everyone they love forever.

A life will be lost, a life will be taken, and an unexpected new romance will emerge all while the fate of two worlds balances on the edge of a hunter's blade.

"Omg, they have Wi-Fi here!" Abbey squealed as she plopped her bags on her bed. Lourdie laughed through their open double doors, "We're in a medieval castle, not in the medieval ages, Abs."

Dawn takes us into a magical world full of hunters, the Kings Court, and evil shadows! Yes, you read that right... evil shadows! One thing I enjoyed about this book was all the imagery. Dawn does an awesome job at painting the story and the characters into her readers minds. Cloak of Shadows is book one in The Netherwalker Shadows Series, even though I think I read this book third? There are a few different ways in which you can read this series. The order in which I read this series was the way that the author had recommended to me. I could not help but think about Star Wars when I was trying to figure out the best order to read these books in! haha. 

C.K. Dawn introduces her readers to a girl names Abbey. Abbey is 14, and training to be a hunter of the Kings Court, along side of Lourdie. Lourdie is Abbey's mentor and together the two females kick ass! Abbey is undergoing her trial and it just so happens that her next trial is in Porthleven. Porthleven is home to Lancelot's descendants, so it is kind of a huge deal for Lourdie and Abbey to be invited! Porthleven is not everything Lourdie and Abbey thought it will be. Lourdie starts acting weird, people are in danger, and darters and dragons are being seen. The girls start to realize that Abbey is not the reason they were sent to Porthleven. Lourdie was. After this trip, nothing will ever be the same. Nothing but weird things have been happening since the girls arrived here. 

You guys definitely need to read The Netherwalker Series! I read a few short stories in this series last year and it was so nice to jump back into Dawn's world this year. I felt as if I was rekindling my bookish relationships with with her characters. This truly is a series you do not want to miss. I can not wait for the next book in the series. Dawn really puts her own twist King Arthur and Camelot! 

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