Sunday, 11 February 2018

Mother of Shadows

Mother of Shadows

by Meg Anne

2 out of 5

Helena’s life had always been quiet. In fact, she liked it that way. When her childhood friend returns home and tells her that she is the prophesied ruler of the Chosen, those blessed with the gift of magic, her quiet life goes up in flames.

Suddenly Helena finds herself surrounded by a circle of protectors, each having sworn their loyalty to her since her birth. All except for one: her Mate.

It’s not enough that she learn how to use her magic and undergo a trial to prove her worthiness; in order to claim her title, Helena must also find the man who carries the other half of her soul.

Exiled due to a past he had no part in, Von is the last man the Chosen expect Helena to select. Despite their protests, his soul calls to hers and there’s no denying that he was made for her.

But the prophecy stands and all isn’t as it seems.

There’s an enemy lurking within plain sight who will stop at nothing to destroy her.

Helena has led a humble life, far away from the capital. She is suddenly thrust into the centre of attention, as their new queen, leader, and has access to immense powers.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The story starts off quickly; hurrying to shrug off Helena's background as a peasant, and to move on with her new life as a goddess.
After the death of the last Damaskiri (someone that can access the powerful spirit magic, and the rightful queen), Helena is moved into the palace and trained to take on the role she was born for. With the help of her circle of advisors and her new friends, she must change from peasant to queen. Oh, and she must bond with her life-long Mate, after meeting the eligible suitors only briefly.

I liked the prospect of a magic-fuelled world, an innocent young lady being dropped into the middle of Capital politics.
The wider history and background of this world are barely touched upon. I don't know if the queen is a figure that is liked, hated, someone for people to be in awe of?

The book concentrates on Helena, her Circle, and her Mate. Mostly the Mate.
Oh, and how beautiful Helena is. How lovely, perfect, good-hearted...
She can wear beautiful dresses, have everybody coo over how beautiful she is. They use magic to style her hair beautifully; and it naturally makes her eyes bright and awe-inspiring.
Did I mention she was beautiful?

There's little plot beyond the unification of the main characters. The "bad guy" is fairly obvious; their "bad guy" machinations are pretty straightforward. There aren't any twists or real layers of deceit. Even the "bad guy" was cooing over how much they liked Helena...

To be fair, this is a nice, light, easy-to-read book, and I'd recommend it for the romance addicts. Especially those who like a fantasy flair to it.
It just wasn't my cup of tea.


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