Book Review: Mother of Shadows

review-cover-mother of shadowsTitle: Mother of Shadows [The Chosen 1]

Author: Meg Anne

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

With four words Helena’s quiet life goes up in flames. When her childhood friend returns to tell her that she is the prophesied ruler of the Chosen, those blessed with the gift of magic, there’s no avoiding her destiny.

Suddenly, Helena is surrounded by a circle of protectors, each man having sworn their loyalty to her since her birth. All except for one: her Mate.

It’s not enough that she learn how to use her magic and undergo a trial to prove her worthiness; in order to claim her title, Helena must also find the man who carries the other half of her soul.

Exiled due to a past he had no part in, Von is the last man the Chosen expect Helena to select. Despite their protests, his soul calls to hers and there’s no denying that he was made for her. But the prophecy stands and all isn’t as it seems.

There’s an enemy lurking within plain sight who will stop at nothing to destroy her.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REIVEW BELOW

Mother of Shadows by Meg Anne was a lackluster read I’m sorry to say. The world-building was complex, the characters likable, though a bit shallow, and the technical aspects of the writing weren’t bad. The narrative flowed smoothly, and there were few typos.

The problem with this book was in the way the narrative was portrayed. There was no real tension, even when negative events were taking place. There was a lot of showy magic and sweet romance, but everything happened easily for the main character, Helena. It felt too finely crafted to be real… too superficial.

I walked away from this book feeling as if the story was half-hearted. I was entertained, sure. I enjoyed some of it, but it fell short of being a really great book. There was no grit to it.

If you are looking for a fantasy read to while away an afternoon, this was fine… but it could have been better – and you can probably do better.