I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wyshea Shadows by Geoffrey Saign
Series: Divided Draghons #1
Published by Kiraku Press on November 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
From the award-winning author of the WhipEye Chronicles series comes the first book in the new
series, an epic fantasy thriller, with romance, action, battles, and a world at stake...
A hundred-year-war that won't end...Three young women sworn to kill each other...Famere, the wyshea butcher, seeks vengeance with loyal mythic beasts called shadows;Jennelle, commander of the Northerners, fights for her people's survival using brilliant strategies; &Camette, a wild divided draghon, searches for her kidnapped lover...Famere, Jennelle, and Camette must discover who is friend or enemy, who is responsible for the hundred-year dark sky and death mists, and if the men they adore will still love them.
The author did a really good job explaining what was going on in each tribe and in the story as a whole. I really enjoyed the book once I got far enough into it to really understand where it was going. The book made me feel frustrated at times, had me cringing during certain scenes, and in some chapters a little bit of boredom as well as awe. The first thing that really drew me into the book was Camette’s claws.
My favorite characters were Famere & Jannelle.
Famere because she had so much to overcome. She lost her Dad & Ison during the bonding ceremony of her people & was not able to pledge to Ison. Then she bonded to 2 Shadows (somewhat like wolfs but bigger and worse). She had to learn to take over running her people as the first woman to do it. She had to be very strong.
Jannelle because she was such a kind heart and wanted peace. She had to run her people as well but had no problems to overcome as everyone loved her and she took her father’s place without any issues.
I hated Ison. He was all about power and hiding who he truly was from his people and especially Famere. In the end, he chose power over breathen.
The other characters each had their own place in the story and made Jannelle, Famere, and Ison more of who they were. Gofin and Malley are the perfect matches for the female leaders.
The fighting scene towards the end where all the different allies/enemies came together to fight the main enemies for peace was my favorite part of the book.
These are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
Jannelle “Would you feel honor in killing an enemy who is making himself vulnerable to save his riding beast?”
Sparks “I’ve never seen the sky open up. It took my breath away.”
Profetess “Seek peace, Famere. I’ve suffered many years for helping you. Honor the light of the meadow.”
Famere “Because I am of two shadows”
I decided to read this book as a favor to Karen at the Baroness’ Book Trove. Once I received the book & saw the picture I realized that had I not had the plot read to me to make me interested, I would never have given it a second glance. Apparently, I do judge a book by its cover. I am glad I read it through as it is a good book. I give it 3.5 stars.
This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book for your site. ~Melissa