The Beckoning Shadow

The Beckoning Shadow

Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality—but she’s learned the hard way that it’s an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move and you could hurt someone you love.But when she earns a spot in the Tournament of the Unraveling, where competitors battle it out for a chance to rewrite the past, Vesper finally has a shot to reverse the...

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    The Beckoning Shadow

    The Beckoning Shadow #1

    Katharyn Blair

    July 2, 2019

    No

    YA, fantasy

    I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but it ended up being more than I could have hoped for. It was such a fresh and exciting offering to the genre that was

    The Beckoning Shadow

    The Beckoning Shadow #1

    Katharyn Blair

    July 2, 2019

    No

    YA, fantasy

    I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but it ended up being more than I could have hoped for. It was such a fresh and exciting offering to the genre that was unlike anything I've read. I literally

    get enough. All it did was leave me hungry for more. I don't think the synopsis does it justice, it only gives you a small taste of what's inside. If I could draw a comparison, the first thing that comes to mind is a teen X-men story with an underground supernatural, gladiator-style tournament thrown in.

    Vesper is the main protagonist, a runaway teen trying to escape the mistakes she's made, but some things you just can't outrun. She doesn't like to stay in one place for too long, form any friendships, or draw any attention to herself. All she wants is to be left alone in the hope that she can prevent the events from her past from repeating themselves. It's a mistake that haunts her every day, when the idyllic life she once had was stolen from her. Vesper is a Harbinger, an Oddity that can tether herself to people's fears and make them a reality. The only problem is that she has no idea how to control the power that's inside her, and no longer has anyone who can teach her the things she needs to know.

    Growing up she lived in complete ignorance of the supernatural world filled with Rippers, Ledgers, Dusters, Shaders, and many more uniquely gifted people. She was unaware of the threat of Wardens who police Oddities, and the absolute power that they use that's not necessarily in the best interest of those they govern. We get little flashbacks of what happened after her power manifested, and how that led her to where she is now. I couldn't help but see the irony that her power was drawing out other people's fear, when her own greatest fear was using her power. It's not until the Tournament of the Unraveling that she may have to face her fear in order to win what she most desires.

    Vesper and Sam meet fairly early on in a nail biting, action packed scene. This is where we first get a sense of what she's capable of, and I...was...riveted. The power she wields is immense, with limitless possibilities, making her one of the most impressive of the Oddities. While she is near the top of the tier, she doesn't fall into the YA cliche of

    I found that refreshing for a change. There were a lot of kickass Oddities who presented a formidable challenge for Vesper to go up against. Not only because of their mastery over their powers but also her unwillingness to fight dirty with their darkest fears.

    She has a tough as nails exterior on the outside, someone who doesn't need help or sympathy, but she's more than the hardened girl she portrays. She can be a softie on the inside, and it puts her somewhat at a disadvantage with the cutthroat competition she enters. She wages a battle with herself over how far she's willing to go, what lines she's willing to cross.

    Sam becomes her financial backer for the tournament of the Unraveling. Entry for the wildcard is steep at 10K, but their partnership could be mutually beneficial. He gets to rewind his past, she gets to keep the large cash prize. But as she trains with Sam, their bargain is surrounded with deception and betrayal. Because they're both equally desperate to correct things from their past and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The end goal becomes murky the more they get to know one another. Vesper has a huge decision to make and a lot of soul searching to do in order to reach it.

    One of the best things about the book is Vesper's new group of friends from the Oddities world. They all welcomed her into their ranks with open arms, something she hadn't had in a long time.Slowly she lets them in, and eventually gifts them with her trust. But something even more compelling about their relationship was the fact that they become her opponents in the tournament which makes their friendship a whole lot more complicated.

    So used to being alone and on defense, she really blossomed and found her strength with them at her back. There are some among the group that have their own secrets, and there are small hints that are dropped throughout, but I was pleasantly taken by surprise when they were revealed. I love when a plot can take me off guard with its twists and

    most definitely achieved that. Not only do the Oddities have their secrets, but there is a mystery in Sam's past that Vesper vows to help him solve. In turmoil over her growing feelings for the man who has been nothing but supportive to her, she makes it her mission to bring him the closure and answers he seeks. Not everyone is who or what they seem, and Vesper soon learns that the Wardens are the least of her fears.

    The romance between Vesper and Sam was on the back burner through the story, delightfully slow burn. I absolutely loved Sam's character and his conflicted feelings for her added another layer of depth into the plot. Their romance was complex and progressed naturally in the story, rather than feeling rushed and unrealistic. A lot of fantasies fail to balance the romance and main conflicts appropriately, but I think Katharyn Blair did a fabulous job. I never felt as if any angle of the story was lacking.

    For a debut book, this was such an impressive offering. We get some amazingly choreographed supernatural action scenes, unpredictable plot twists, and a compulsively readable fantasy story that I raced through despite the considerable page length. It was a huge win for me, and bonus, there is no suspenseful cliffy at the end. I can't recommend this book more for those looking for a new series to get hooked on. You will not be disappointed!!

  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    Oh, how grateful I am to have been sent an ARC of this absolutely marvelous book. Katharyn Blair created a world that I instantly fell in love with. Her writing kept me hooked to every page. Her characters were ones I loved so much. Her story was so very unique and definitely not what I expected.

    Vesper is our main character. She has

    Oh, how grateful I am to have been sent an ARC of this absolutely marvelous book. Katharyn Blair created a world that I instantly fell in love with. Her writing kept me hooked to every page. Her characters were ones I loved so much. Her story was so very unique and definitely not what I expected.

    Vesper is our main character. She has the ability to summon your worst fears. The only problem is she isn't able to control it and it’s extremely dangerous. Her one chance to undo the mistakes that plague her is by entering the tournament of the Unraveling. I loved how the story developed. It wasnt hasty but it wasnt slow either (does that make sense? I hope it does). Even when there was no action going on I was still enjoying it. I loved how different the story was from any other one that I’ve read that involves having abilities or powers. The abilities were different and they weren't repetitive, and I especially loved Vesper’s.

    The events of the book were enjoyable. I loved the world building. Katharyn Blair is an author I’m going to look out for. At this point no matter what she writes, I’m going to read. Now I’m stuck with only one thought. And that is the fact that I read this 9 months in advance. Which means that I’m going to be waiting a long time for the next book. Was still worth it. Would recommend everyone to add this to their TBR.

  • Melissa

    I still have goosebumps. Guys, the ending of this book is dynamite!! Can't wait to know what Katharyn has in store for book 2!!! I jumped so fast into the story, I felt everything... it's been a long time since I cried while reading a book. The characters are vibrant, they are so full of life, I cared for them. The writing felt like watching a movie: a fast-paced and action-packed story that led me to the edge of my seat more than once.

    Many many many thanks to HarperCollins Canada for the

    I still have goosebumps. Guys, the ending of this book is dynamite!! Can't wait to know what Katharyn has in store for book 2!!! I jumped so fast into the story, I felt everything... it's been a long time since I cried while reading a book. The characters are vibrant, they are so full of life, I cared for them. The writing felt like watching a movie: a fast-paced and action-packed story that led me to the edge of my seat more than once.

    Many many many thanks to HarperCollins Canada for the complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  • Carrie

    The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair is a young adult fantasy with of course a bit of romance added to the mix. The ideas and world building in this one weren’t overly new or original but it was still a fun story to read.

    Vesper Montgomery had left her home and the family she loved in fear that she may hurt them when she discovered she was one of the few in the world to gain powers. Vesper had the ability to summon ones worst fears but not being in control of her powers make them that much more

    The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair is a young adult fantasy with of course a bit of romance added to the mix. The ideas and world building in this one weren’t overly new or original but it was still a fun story to read.

    Vesper Montgomery had left her home and the family she loved in fear that she may hurt them when she discovered she was one of the few in the world to gain powers. Vesper had the ability to summon ones worst fears but not being in control of her powers make them that much more dangerous.

    Vesper really had no plan when she left home but when she comes across the Tournament of the Unraveling she thinks she’s found the answer she had been looking for. Those entering the tournament are battling for a chance to rewrite the past and for Vesper that could mean she could return to her family.

    The idea that characters could suddenly find themselves with special powers and having a variety of powers to those oddities really kept reminding me of The Gifted. This world is much the same with the powerful feared by the normal and trying to hide those powers so as I mentioned this isn’t really a new wow factor when it comes to the overall idea behind the series. However, the characters and their stories were compelling enough to want to continue reading and kept the pages turning along so in the end I still enjoyed this one.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

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  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Tournament of the Unraveling! Supernatural Fight Club! Now take a look at that cover... look close... You see it right?! The wrapped fist, the broken nose. Yeah! The premise really intrigued me! And the cover is somehow pretty and intriguing (if you look hard enough). I liked how our protagonist looks feminine and fight club at the same time too. I wasn't really a fan of the title, The Beckoning Shadow. I saw in the book where its

    Tournament of the Unraveling! Supernatural Fight Club! Now take a look at that cover... look close... You see it right?! The wrapped fist, the broken nose. Yeah! The premise really intrigued me! And the cover is somehow pretty and intriguing (if you look hard enough). I liked how our protagonist looks feminine and fight club at the same time too. I wasn't really a fan of the title, The Beckoning Shadow. I saw in the book where its alluded to and eh. I get it but it doesn't do anything for me. Something more like... "The Fight She Can't Lose" or "Learning to Control Fear" both sound much more intriguing to me.

    Vesper is homeless and a runaway. But its not what you think! She left a loving family because she can summon one's worst fears. And she can't control it. Better for her to leave rather than to hurt someone she loves. While we've seen powered humans before I loved how the teen runaway problem was incorporated into The Beckoning Shadow in an organic way. And her particular ability as well as several others were quite neat and fascinating to learn about. I can't imagine being able to pull our of someone their darkest fear and make it a reality right there on the spot! But we get a taste of that through Vesper.

    We come into The Beckoning Shadow right in the middle of the oddity world. These teens aren't the first to have abilities and there used to be a group that monitored them, taking out anyone thought to be dangerous. It takes a little bit to get oriented to what happened when and what that means for Vesper now but once you do, you'll totally be as invested as she is in learning what in the world happened!! And Sam makes it a really happy experience. I appreciated that there is plenty standing in their way, #1 being the tournament, but I enjoyed their interactions.

    Soooo.... supernatural fight club. Did it work? YES! Once we got to the Tournament of the Unraveling the story really picked up. TBH I didn't really get invested in Vesper until this point. There was a bit too much telling while also trying to be obscure and not say things outright. It was an odd combo. When Sam shows up and chooses a fighter and he picks the rookie loser... I wanted to understand what he saw. I wanted to know how he'd get her to the point where she could win. Especially against a couple of oddities she met in that first 24%.

    The fights and the training were some of the best parts of The Beckoning Shadow to me. I loved how this crew of amateur fighters closed around Sam, and Vesper too, because he was their friend. I felt like Katharyn Blair must have some kind of experience in a gym of this sort because it was so organic in the story. I enjoyed the different friends and how they contributed to Vesper's training.

    The Beckoning Shadow kept getting better the more I read! There is a great mix of personal angst, relationship struggles and fight club techniques that I enjoyed every page. I wish the pacing had been a little more even but it's certainly a roller coaster ride of action.

    -Fight Club!

    I loved the battles so much I wish there had been more. More levels and more struggles to get better. It was a highlight of the book.

    -The Power of Fear!

    Really cool ability. I loved it so, so much and wanted to see it in action even more. As she became more confident I really loved how she came into her ability.

    -The Chronicler!

    Each ability had a name and I really loved this one. We learn about it, meet one or two and come to understand the power of knowledge.

    -The Friendships!

    There are oddities and fighters and they give Vesper a chance to see that she isn't some freak but a real person who can find happiness.

    -Their History!

    There is so much history wrapped up in Vesper's past, Sam's past, the past of the oddities and even some of the other oddities pasts! And its all woven together in the present tournament.

    The Beckoning Shadow sucks us into a world we're familiar with and gives us a new way to explore it... a supernatural fight club! Can you imagine having powers and being able to win a chance to unravel one mistake that totally changed your life?! Yeah... you need to read this book!!

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    ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style

    ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing

    ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building

    B+ Cover & Title grade

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  • Umairah | Sereadipity

    was a novel about the

    instead of running away from it and it was basically what would happen if the

    were younger and liked

    for fun.

    were humans with

    and

    , without.

    were Oddities tasked with eradicating others that were deemed to be

    . Oddities were

    told to keep children in check, they lurked underground and in the

    was a novel about the

    instead of running away from it and it was basically what would happen if the

    were younger and liked

    for fun.

    were humans with

    and

    , without.

    were Oddities tasked with eradicating others that were deemed to be

    . Oddities were

    told to keep children in check, they lurked underground and in the

    but they didn't want to hide from the world anymore. They wanted to live in it without fear. Here are some examples of the different types of Oddities and their powers:

    : Makes a person's deepest fears come true.

    : Everything their fingertips touch turns to dust.

    : Can undo past events.

    : Bind people to unbreakable contracts.

    : Can strip an Oddity of their powers.

    : Can turn their skin as hard as stone.

    : Manipulates metal.

    : Can write in 'umbra ink' which makes writing invisible unless an Oddity breathes on it.

    was a Harbinger and after a

    involving her powers, she went on the run- leaving her family without a word. She was

    of her powers that she couldn't control, she thought she was a

    and everyone was safer if she stayed away. After a while on the run, she found out about the

    and she decided to enter and try to win the prize: one Unraveling and a million dollars. She thought it was her chance to

    , fix her family, herself and her life. And so, with the help of an

    called

    , she trained and competed in the competition of a lifetime. She became a cage fighter, battling with other Oddities for victory.

    Vesper was an interesting character. She was afraid of her powers and

    . It took her a while to realise that the solution wasn't running away or hiding but finding out how to

    her powers so that they would cause no harm.

    to 'fix' her life, she needed to own her actions, learn from them and communicate with those around her.

    The reason why I have deducted stars is that I felt very

    at times whilst reading it. The novel was extremely

    as Vesper was constantly thinking and saying

    about the guilt she carried over her past actions. While I can understand that she was distressed about it, her repetition became annoying after a while.

    The Beckoning Shadow was a story about dealing with

    ,

    and

    and worth a try if you're looking for something a bit different to read.

  • Adah Udechukwu

    I expected more from The Beckoning Shadow. Hopefully book 2 will be better.

  • Leah

    3.5 This was a nice blend of YA fantasy and contemporary romance! A fun, quick read. Kind of interested to see how the next book progresses

    3.5 ⭐️ This was a nice blend of YA fantasy and contemporary romance! A fun, quick read. Kind of interested to see how the next book progresses

  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    I liked the writing, and the heroine, but there were too many tropes I disliked for me to truly enjoy this book.

    For one - the hero is completely hung up on his dead girlfriend. This is a COMPLETE NO-NO for me in any romance whatsoever. This discovery utterly ruined any interest I could have had in their romance. He thinks about her to the extent that a vision of the girl shows up while he's kissing the heroine, because

    . Goodbye.

    Also, there were moments of sheer

    I liked the writing, and the heroine, but there were too many tropes I disliked for me to truly enjoy this book.

    For one - the hero is completely hung up on his dead girlfriend. This is a COMPLETE NO-NO for me in any romance whatsoever. This discovery utterly ruined any interest I could have had in their romance. He thinks about her to the extent that a vision of the girl shows up while he's kissing the heroine, because

    . Goodbye.

    Also, there were moments of sheer ridiculousness. The heroine has been on the run from her family for two years, giving them immense pain. And then - when they finally get her again - they're perfectly willing to have her live with a random boy? She, the selfish cow, would rather live with Sam than the family she 'loves' and has tormented by disappearing from for two years? Yeah, no.

    The worldbuilding also felt a little flat. It was strangely hard to visualise certain things from the author's description. This book was supposed to be a mash-up of

    and

    , which I guess it vaguely was, but without the compelling writing of either book.

    That's not really my primary complaint though; I'm just annoyed over the ruination of the romance.

    -

  • Diana

    I have to say that I enjoyed aspects of the book more than the book itself. What I mean? I mean that while the plot maybe nothing completly new or 100% original, as it reminds me a lot of XMen with magic powers, it does have a great character development in which I put most of my attention.

    I loved how almost all the characters - if not all of them - come from a dark place and are broken somehow. That holds even truer for Vesper, our main character and the voice of the narrative. She holds

    I have to say that I enjoyed aspects of the book more than the book itself. What I mean? I mean that while the plot maybe nothing completly new or 100% original, as it reminds me a lot of XMen with magic powers, it does have a great character development in which I put most of my attention.

    I loved how almost all the characters - if not all of them - come from a dark place and are broken somehow. That holds even truer for Vesper, our main character and the voice of the narrative. She holds responsible for something that happened on her past, feels like she is a monster, full of darkness and fears her own powers so much that she can't think about controlling them. It takes for her the chance to save someone else, to find more people like her and to have a destination set on her mind to began exploring her powers and learn how to control them.

    The rest of characters she encounters also have their own share of pain, like Sam, who is looking for a lost girlfriend, or one of the closest she friends she makes, who just wishes she was normal.

    So, for me, the most important thing about this book was the myriad of characters, and their reasons for being who they are, and the pain and shadows they carry. And how far they all come from the first time we see them on page.

    The writing quality is pretty solid too, and the author buils a world where people who are "normal" prosecute those who have magic (one of the main points it made me think a lot about mutants), but she owns the world and the way she builds it makes you feel like you already knew about it all, it's so greatly sewn into the story that everything falls into place and you don't feel lost while reading.

    Maybe the idea is not 100% original, persecuted people who fight in a ring similarly to the Fight Club thing, but the temptation held over their heads is a chance to undo something from their past, but what it lacks for not being 100% original it more than offers in the intellectual part of the book: learning from our mistakes, see what was in our hand to change or not, learn from what happened, letting go and moving on. A lot also on women place in nowadays world, nice lessons on friendships and trust, too. Also, the power of forgiveness and acceptance.

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