Circle of Shadows

Circle of Shadows

by Evelyn Skye


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A thrilling new fantasy series full of magic and betrayal—from Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of the Crown’s Game series.

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 around 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 in 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.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062643735
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/17/2019
Series: Circle of Shadows , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 215,191
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the CIA, she not-so-secretly wishes she was on So You Think You Can Dance, and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Crown’s Game and its sequel, The Crown's Fate. Evelyn can be found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

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Circle of Shadows 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mel-Loves-Books 8 months ago
Circle of Shadows Review “The most legendary figures did all sorts of outlandish things. It’s part of what makes their tales worth retelling.” Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye felt a bit like an overdone ya fantasy story to be honest. There were flashes of real potential and characters you might like, but something about them made it hard to connect with. And the story either dragged in parts or rushed in others for me. Towards the end I did start to get into it a bit more. And I admit I am interested in checking out the next book because of the ending. So maybe this mostly because it was a first book in the series? Sometimes I do tend to have a harder time getting into the first of series books. I am giving this book 3.5 stars, and planning to give the next book a try with high hopes.
thereadingrebel More than 1 year ago
The main characters Sora and Daemon are training to be taigas of the island of Kichona. Taigas are the soldiers and police of the island but more like ninjas with magic. When they are visiting a forest that Daemon’s sees as home they stumble across an enemy that threatens Kichona and all they hold dear. Do you ever read a book and think you love it but then start to think about it and realize you had more problems with it then you thought. Circle of Shadows is that book for me. I really loved the friendships in this book between the 4 main characters especially the bond between Sora and Daemon. They were my favorite parts of the book. That and the author’s description of the island and it’s people. You really fall in love with the island. But my problems are four fold. The enemies and there magic is not explained very well. I need more of an explanation because the whole time I was thinking who gave it to you, why can only this person give it, why has no one ever come to take the island with this magic before, ect… The magic of the Taigas was sad and one of the most childish magic systems I have ever read. Eyes like a Hawk, Eyes like a Hawk is NOT a spell. Neither is I am a Spider over and over again. The love triangle the author added at the end. It is a pointless one and I hate it when authors just add it for no reason and out of the blue I might add. Last but not least I need a lot more information on the Gemina bond like why do they have it, do they all have one, and few other questions and every time I was like finally an explanation nope no explanation. Saying all this I did enjoy the characters and parts of the story. Will I read it again no. Did I have fun reading it yes. Will I read the sequel no but I will look up how it ends. Rating: 3 stars Heat Rating: Embers(some kisses) Keeper or Ditch it: Ditch it
AFCTL More than 1 year ago
4/5 Stars: We were provided a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review Before I even start to explain how amazing this book is, I have to apologise. I read Evelyn Skye’s ‘The Crowns Game’ trilogy, and I absolutely loved it. And so, I was extremely reluctant to even start reading this book, in fear that ‘Circle of Shadows’ wouldn’t live up to my ridiculously high expectations. I put it off, and off and off, and then, I couldn’t do it anymore. Every time I turned on my kindle, this title would be there, staring at me. And so, I read. I shouldn’t have been worried. Evelyn has once more captured her characters with a finesse that's hard to create, and gotten me invested in these characters within the blink of an eye. At first, I thought to myself that Spirit may not be a character I can relate with, I have nothing in common with her, after all. But again, I was proven wrong; just because you can’t relate to a character’s experience doesn’t mean that you can’t relate to them as a whole. The world she has created for her characters has sucked me in, and I can’t express how much I regretted putting this book off. I am now so invested, and I am in awe and anticipation as I wait for the next installment. How could I not be? The cliffy at the end had me gasping. I also love how the writing was so easy to get lost into, almost like you were reading an old favourite for the first time all over again. Before I knew it, I had been 80% of the way through the book.
NovelGirl82 More than 1 year ago
Sora and her gemina, Daemon, are apprentices in the Society of Taigas- warriors who are chosen by the goddess Luna and trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect Kichona. The kingdom has been relatively free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion a decade before, when the now Empress Aki had to fight her twin, Prince Gin, to the death for rule of Kichona. He was letting the power go to his head and was set to lead the kingdom in a dangerous direction. While on a scouting mission in the time leading up to their graduation, Sora and Daemon come up on an encampment that seems a bit off. They make a decision that may change Sora’s life and the life of everyone’s life around her forever. This is the first book in a new duology from the phenomenal Evelyn Skye (you’ll remember her from my gushing about The Crown’s Game duology!)!! This book was beautiful! I mean that in every way. The cover was beautiful, the writing was beautiful, the plot was beautiful, you get the point. Let me break it down for you, though. Obviously, you can see the cover, and it is even prettier in person (I’m a sucker for a pretty hardcover). The characters were all so well developed. The two main characters, Sora and Daemon, were obviously the most fleshed out, as they are the focal point of the story. The secondary characters, however, also have great stories, were incredibly well developed through the story, and a couple of them actually ended up being some of my favorites. The plot is fresh and new, which is something that I was looking for. It moved along at a great pace, so this long book really read quickly. Honestly, The Crown’s Game duology is one of my absolute favorite series (one that I recommend very often), so I was a little afraid. Trust me when I say that I was not disappointed in the least! I’m just sad I have to wait for the next one to find out what happens now. If you’re looking for a new, fun YA fantasy give this one a try!
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
The whole story was such a rush. There was never a time that I felt like I knew what was going to happen next. This book has a lot of side-plots that are all woven together into the big picture of this book and it was impossible for me to see where this was all leading up to. The plot was complex, the characters are darlings, and Circle of Shadows was everything and more than what I expected it to me. And you will see me shouting about this book nonstop!
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
A high fantasy that involves gods and an empire divided, with magical warriors fighting to serve the one they are sworn to, Circle of Shadows has an interesting magical system for its world-building, but the plot is quite predictable. This book had caught my eye because, well, magical ninjas. However, it does not really have much of Japanese culture in it beyond the warriors, some names, and the clothing is ambiguously Asian? The main characters, Sora and Daemon, are the top warriors in their graduating class, in an Academy where kids are trained to be the Empress' sworn warriors as well as the central law enforcement. They are young, and thus not entirely believed when they come back with a report (from their first mission) of the rise of a supposedly dead prince, who had caused a massacre a decade ago, and may be rising to challenge his sister, the Empress again. Armed with new magic, the Dragon Prince Gin is recruiting warriors to his cause via mind control. The native magic of the warriors is to use mudras to get animalistic abilites like enhanced sight, speed and strength, but the new ryuu magic is much more versatile and expansive. Sora and Daemon first have to spy, then fight him with the help of whatever warriors are left untouched by the mind control, which has them at a disadvantage as ryuu magic is more powerful. Coupled with that, Sora has a personal stake in the matter as Gin was the cause of the nursery fire in which she lost her sister. Daemon, meanwhile has a mysterious past that gets hinted at the end of the book. The magic of the book is its strong point, as it is explored in different aspects. The plotline, however, is predictable, with most twists clued in quite a while ago. Still, it benefits from engaging writing and a good pace, so you are enjoying the story nevertheless. The antagonist could be developed better, in my opinion, because right now he is just Generic Bad Royal #23.