I am very excited to be sharing my review of Cloaked in Shadow with you all today. Ben is one of my closest friends and I was over the moon to be able to read an early copy of his debut novel. It’s always a little daunting reading a friend’s book, but luckily I LOVED this one!!Cloaked in Shadow by Benjamin Alderson – The Dragori, #1
- ARC – pages TBC
- Release date: 18th of December 2017
- Published by Of Tomes
- Goodreads page for Cloaked in Shadow here!
I haven’t been reading much fantasy recently, but Cloaked in Shadow has definitely reminded me why I love the YA fantasy genre so much. This is Alderson’s first book and I have fallen in love with the world he created.
I really liked the main character Zacriah, it’s always interesting to read from a male POV in YA fantasy as it’s not something we see as often. He is such a likeable character and I liked that he is flawed, and remains so throughout the book. He is gay, and I won’t say who he becomes involved with, but I couldn’t help but love the two of them. At the start I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a case of insta-love, but their relationship grows so organically (does that even make sense?) that I loved reading about them. It’s always amazing to read a book where sexuality isn’t a source of discrimination.
In this world some of the elves are shifters, who can take an animal form. Zacriah doesn’t know what he is, as he certainly isn’t a shifter, and I always love stories where the main character finds things out as the reader does. I loved the world of elves and shifters that Alderson created. Most of the story is set in the one city of Thessolina but by the end we start to see more of the world, which has me so excited for future books!
The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was how often we got fighting and training scenes. I do like to read about training in fantasy novels, but I get to a point where I lose track of all the limbs and start to gloss over the fights. This was only really in the first half of the book though, and just comes down to personal taste. It was great to see Zacriah grow stronger and learn more about his powers throughout.
Ben is one of my closest friends and he kindly sent me an early copy of his book to read, but that doesn’t change the fact that I loved it. I’m not the kind of person to lie if I hated a book, so TRUST ME when I say that fans of YA fantasy will adore this book. I can’t wait for the next one!!
You can find my first book, The Changeling’s Journey, on Goodreads here!