Hello humans! Today I am delighted to be a part of the ‘The Storm of Shadows’ Blog Tour! I love doing blog tours as you will know if you’ve been around for a while. If you haven’t then welcome – I like doing blog tours. Now that’s all cleared up let’s get to the book. Storm of Shadows is a YA Science Fiction title by author Ninian Carter, it is book one of the Billy Twigg saga and I have to say I’m actually looking forward to later books in this series.
A ghastly veil of darkness is seeping slowly south from the Arctic Circle, choking the life out of the world beneath. It brings with it Typhon, a deranged abomination laying waste to any civilisation he finds. Thousands of people are dead. If he goes unstopped, millions more will follow. High school teen Billy Twigg is moments away from a death more horrific than anyone could possibly imagine. He has no recollection of how he’s come to be lying broken and exhausted in the demolished remains of a famous British landmark until a fraction of a second before he is to be killed. Then he remembers everything in a deluge of nightmarish memories that are too crazy to believe, yet too shattering to ignore. Could this unassuming young man really be Earth’s saviour? Prepare to be enthralled by a genre-blurring page-turner that will leave you breathless with anticipation and begging to resolve the next cliffhanger!
I must admit to committing the cardinal sin of judging a book entirely by its cover. I am not a fan of this cover at all and therefore assumed that I would have similar opinions about the book. I’m delighted to say that I was wrong, this book surprised me by actually being a great read! This book is interesting, heartwarming, heartbreaking at times, and promises future adventures that I am excited to read.
I was worried at first that our hero (Billy Twigg) would be an irritating teenage main character with whom I would not relate. Instead, I felt like Billy was a very relatable character, perhaps because he was as confused as the reader by all the goings-on. I know we’ve moved away from writing ‘chosen ones’ of late but at least in this story Billy’s uniqueness makes sense, it is explained and it doesn’t make him arrogant, nor does it make him indispensable – which adds a little excitement to the story.
This book was a lot darker than I first anticipated. There were quite a few moments that left me blinking like a deer in the headlights, not sure what to do next. Do not go into this expecting a sunshine and rainbows kind of story because…that’s not what you’ll get.
I thought that the ‘science’ parts of this book were not only well conceived but well explained, not too complicated that it just felt like an info-dump but also not patronising.
This is a quick read, it only took me a couple of hours to get through, but the pacing feels right, I think it’s mostly that there isn’t anything superfluous in this story, the author gets right to the point.
In the end, I gave this book four stars, I think it’s probably more of a 3.75 but I rounded up for the sake of clarity.
If you’re interested in a somewhat dark science fiction with an interesting mechanic involved then I would definitely recommend The Storm of Shadows.
My rating: 4/5 stars
I received a digital copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
What say you? Are you interested? Also, don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour!