The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons, #1)
by Kaitlyn Davis
Release Date: 02/20/14
Summary from Goodreads:
GAME OF THRONES meets GRACELING in a new young adult fantasy by bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis. Told in alternating male and female perspectives, THE SHADOW SOUL has been hailed as "an amazing start to a new series that is going to have people of all ages wanting so much more." (Happy Tails & Tales Reviews)
When Jinji's home is destroyed, she is left with nowhere to run and no one to run to—until she meets Rhen, a prince chasing rumors that foreign enemies have landed on his shores. Masquerading as a boy, Jinji joins Rhen with vengeance in her heart. But traveling together doesn't mean trusting one another, and both are keeping a deep secret—magic. Jinji can weave the elements to create master illusions and Rhen can pull burning flames into his flesh.
But while they struggle to hide the truth, a shadow lurks in the night. An ancient evil has reawakened, and unbeknownst to them, these two unlikely companions hold the key to its defeat. Because their meeting was not coincidence—it was fate. And their story has played out before, in a long forgotten time, an age of myth that is about to be reborn…
Praise for THE SHADOW SOUL
The writing is flawless. The story and plot line, and plot twists, had me captivated and enamored for the first words. I couldn’t put this book down for anything, and I absolutely cannot wait for book two. The world building is amazing. I feel like I can feel the spirits when Jin speaks of them. And I can feel the fire on my skin like Rhen. And the secondary characters are just as great as the main characters…It’s an amazing start to a new series that is going to have people of all ages wanting so much more. - Happy Tails and Tales
I loved the characters. Jinji is an amazing girl of such strength. Reading about her sometimes brought tears to my eyes because I couldn’t help but love her from the beginning. And Rhen, even though I was suspecting him of treachery he didn’t fail to be surprising at every turn… I can’t wait to find out what happens next!" – Creating Serenity
Praise for KAITLYN DAVIS
Kaitlyn Davis writes some of the best action scenes I have come across in a young adult book; they are fast paced and so well delivered. – Reflections of a Bookworm
I really enjoyed Ms Davis's writing, I was riveted throughout and was eager to see what would happen - there was drama, danger, action and romance that was wonderfully detailed and described. – Obsession with Books
Character Interview – Rhen
Please welcome Prince Whylrhen, the male protagonist of The Shadow Soul who has come all the way from his fantastical world to speak with us today!
Me: Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m honored to have royalty in my studio.
[He leans back casually, his large muscular frame making the chair seem small and fragile by comparison. Waving his hand through the air, he dismisses the nod to his stature. I can’t help but notice that his eyes don’t seem nearly as relaxed as he wants them to.]
Whylrhen: Call me Rhen.
Okay, Rhen, what—
[He leans forward suddenly. A wide flirtatious smile spreads across his face.]
So you met Jin yesterday. Strange lad, don’t you think?
[I pause, knowing he is fishing for information. But yesterday, Jinji confessed that Rhen does not know her true gender so I remain silent. He tilts his head, intrigued by my silence. I know I must continue. Damn it if that smile does not make me want to spill…I swallow deeply.]
Yes, he seemed reserved, somewhat quiet and to himself.
[Rhen leans back, not quite satisfied with my response I can tell. The answer is circling his thoughts, and I watch him digest it, pulling it apart. His eyes meet mine, and in an instant I know he knows I’m hiding something. A smirk dances across his lip. A switch flicks and a mask seems to fall over his features, softening them.]
So, what would you like to know? I’m an open book. Royal life? Boring. Favorite hobby? Riding my horse. Do I sleep in the nude? Of course.
[I spit out the water I just swallowed. His green eyes seem to twinkle as I fight to regain control of my interview.]
I hear your eldest brother just had a child, a son.
Yes. I’m an uncle.
[Genuine happiness lights his face. The first true emotion I feel I’ve witness from this prince.]
What is his name?
In my homeland, a prince is given no title until his Naming Ceremony. So we will just have to wait and see.
[As he talks, his eyes narrow. Worry leaks into his expression.]
I should really be going.
[He stands, kisses the top of my hand and makes a swift exit. I forget to say thank you or goodbye, and instead fall back against my chair, exhausted from the brief conversation.]
Kaitlyn Davis is the bestselling author of the Midnight Fire series, a young adult paranormal romance, and the A Dance of Dragons series, a young adult epic fantasy.
Kaitlyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She's been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a puppy of her own.
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