“Shadow’s Hand” by Noelle Nichols

Hi lovelies! I completely forgot that I hadn’t scheduled this post in advance; it was meant to go up yesterday. I participated in a bookstagram tour for this book yesterday so head over to https://www.instagram.com/p/CEFDcRdpS_g/ to see my post! There’s a giveaway for the paperback you can enter, as well as the link to get a free e-copy. Make sure you check it out! I’ll be sharing my review of the book below so continue reading for that!

5/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Kilo lives by the Shadow’s Creed. While the False Shadows, a horrible and vicious group of warriors who are impersonating the Shadows, believe the Shadow’s Creed to be a weakness, Kilo finds his strength in it. After the False Shadows attack his home, he is torn: stay with his people to help rebuild and prepare to fight back, or leave to find more information that could lead his people to victory? Meanwhile, Shenrae is trying to figure out what path she should take. After the death of both of her parents, she and her brother try to become Shadows in order to keep each other safe. However, Shenrae isn’t sure that she is skilled enough to fight, but she knows she wants to be able to protect others.

I really, really loved this book! When I first starting reading it, I had no idea that I was going to grow so attached to the characters or be so fascinated by the story! I particularly loved the Shadows/Phantoms as they were reminiscent of the samurai in feudal Japan. The concept of warriors who live their lives based on a moral standpoint is so intriguing! I also appreciated the more magical elements that appear in this book. Without spoiling anything, I will just say that I’m curious to learn more about them in book two and that if the author ever wrote a prequel for what happened in the past, I would definitely read it!

I also loved Kilo and Shenrae who both have POVs in this novel. I’ll admit that I was reluctant to leave Kilo’s POV at first, but I came to love Shenrae and her POV just as much! The side characters are also spectacular so I hope that I’ll see them more in the next book! Kilo’s dedication to put a stop to the False Shadows and their terror and Shenrae’s desire to protect her loved ones and find her place were probably my favorite things about this book. I loved watching the characters grow as the story progressed.

Ultimately, the only thing I dislike about this book is that I now have to wait for the next one! The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’ll be very impatiently waiting for book 2! I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes samurai, feudal Japan, or shounen anime! Plus, it somewhat reminds me of Moonscript by H.S.J. Williams so I’d recommend it to those fans as well!

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