Dragon's Shadow

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Royal twins ripped apart at birth become reluctant champions of good and evil.

Kylie, a teenage science geek, has no faith in people. Instead, she relies on what she trusts the most, the facts––what she can see, touch, and hear but never feel. With enough pain to deal with in her own world, she is thrust into another––a kingdom at war whose strange inhabitants fear one thing the most––the return of the dragon.  All of this is illogical to Kylie, but even more so, when she discovers she belongs there.

Her brother, Prince Jarlon, journeys to kill the dragon who has laid waste to his kingdom.  His only hope for destroying the beast is help from his sister, whom he has never met. Will their paths cross before the beast’s malevolence infects Kylie and turns her into his creature or will Jarlon have to destroy her, too?

Read an excerpt...
“Hey, Kylie, you’ve been in the water for over an hour. Get out now! Something’s wrong.”

She ignored him. Her swim couldn’t have been an hour. She had just entered the pond. Propelling herself down again, she thought it silly that she’d always been ruled by her brain and had been clumsy and disconnected from her body. Always being the last person to be picked for a team, but not now. Sensations of water, skin, and muscle breathing together as one, consumed her usually dominant analytical mind. The deeper she dived, the more the energy intensified. The force seemed to coalesce into substance, as if there were a presence pulling her toward him.

“Welcome, little one. You have found one of my sources of power,” said the male Voice that had led her to the village. But this time he surrounded her. His deep timbre vibrated with the energy of the pond. “You have part of me inside you, so you, too, have access to this power.”

With each stroke, she felt the caress of water and fire.

“All you have to do is take it in,” the Voice said. “I had planned to wait until you reached the cave, but why? My power’s nice, isn’t it?”

She heard the delight in his voice. His words tickled inside her the same way bubbles in the water brushed her skin. She swam deeper.

“Yes,” the Voice cooed. “Join me. Release and meld into it. Don't let it just tease you on the outside. Open your mouth. Let me fill you up on the inside.”

It seemed so simple, just open her mouth. But her brain snapped back into control and would have none of it. She would die if she did that. The Voice didn’t offer joining, but drowning.

My review...
Some of us are very black and white thinkers, always believing everything has an exact and accurate answer to it and others have different minds, more creative maybe, with the ability to accept things they cannot see more easily. This is the story of one young girl, Kylie, who gets to experience both. Separated at birth from her twin brother, Kylie lives her life in the human scientific world. She’s a misfit, a science nerd. A young girl who misses her mother so much and who seems to not be able to control the hurt of it. She doesn’t even know she has a brother. She has some dreams, but they seem far away and very unreal. Her brother, the prince, lives in a magical world not far away. In the type of world where a very black and white, scientific person like Kylie would not even believe existed.

The characters in this Teen Fantasy are so real. The author describes them so well that you seem to be able to see them. Some are funny looking; some very awesome, overpowering and mean-looking. This feeling of seeing the characters made the book seem almost like a movie. One full of visible scenes. This is descriptive writing at it’s best.

Morse has created a type of magical, good versus evil story that will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can.

This is a great YA story but in truth I think we adults would enjoy it. This adult sure did.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Allison Morse is the author of three very different novels: Fallen Star, a Hollywood Gothic Mystery, The Sweetheart Deal, a Rom/Com and Dragon’s Shadow, a Teen Fantasy & Adventure, all published by The Wild Rose Press. She lives with her wonderful husband in a house in the hills filled with books.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, thanks for sharing the excerpt and your review :)

Allison Morse said...

I'm so glad you liked my story. :) Thank you for hosting my book. I appreciate it!

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