Book Review & Giveaway: The Shadeborn Series by K.C. Finn

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The Book Of Shade –  Shadeborn #1
by K.C. Finn
Audience: General, 13+ – Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adventure and Romance – Formats: E-book and Paperback – Publisher: Starstorm  – Pages: 513  – ISBN: 1505677556 – ASIN: B00RD7SGK4 – Date Published: 21 March 2015


Lily Coltrane’s to-do list for starting university life is pretty simple:

1. Make friends

2. Meet a cute guy

3. Survive her first year in Modern History

In the little English town of Piketon this seems more than achievable, so much so that Lily even joins The Illustrious Minds Literary Society, an extra-curricular club that promises a truly unique social experience. What Lily doesn’t bank on are the society’s monthly visits to the mysterious Theatre Imaginique at the edge of town, a dark venue that houses the most obscure cavalcade of carnival performers she has ever laid eyes on.

Stranger still is the emergence of the theatre’s enigmatic proprietor Lemarick Novel, a stupendous showman with a frosty wit who never seems to smile, and who raises a plethora of questions in Lily’s fearful mind. How does he levitate with no sign of wires or mirrors? Why do the lightning bolts that shoot from his hands look so real? And why, of all the people in the theatre, do his pale eyes keep locking on hers?

The answers to this and more lie buried in heritage and blood. The Book of Shade is opening, and Lily Coltrane will read it, whether she wants to or not.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

The Book of Shade is the first book in the Shadeborn series and is a young adult fantasy in which our world not only has humans, but there are vampires, werewolves, and other beings including Shades who can control all of the elements.

The main character, Lily, finds out that she is a Shade and is actually excited about it from the start. She starts training under Novel, who owns and performs in a local theatre. I found all of the characters unique and interesting, but I was unable to connect with Lily.

The story was kind of slow for the first half but the second half was exciting and even had a couple of surprises. I’m glad I have the next book on hand so I can start reading it immediately.


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The Bloodshade Encounters & The Songspinner –  Shadeborn Series # 2
Pages: 300 – ASIN: B00RQMB5MW – Date Published: April 4, 2015


Shadeborn: Volume Two provides a unique insight into the past of some of your favourite Book Of Shade characters, through two spine-tingling novellas:

The Bloodshade Encounters shows readers where present and past collide, as they learn the dark history of how the charming and enigmatic Baptiste Du Nord came to know Lemarick Novel. Prepare for vampires on the streets of revolutionary Paris, and the day when Novel first laid eyes on the Theatre Imaginique. Amidst all this, a dark secret about Novel is unearthed, one which may threaten his relationship with Lily in the future.

The Songspinner begins with the present-day Salem Cross, now weak and powerless, as the old shade looks back on his life, and the dirty deals he made to try to make a success of himself. Witch-trials loom in Salem’s murky past, and werewolves roam the streets of Victorian London, not to mention a certain dark lady who would one day become the mother of the heroic Novel. Can Salem face the demons of his past, or bear the thought of a future with no magic? Or will he decide that the end of his time has come?


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

The Bloodshade Encounters & The Songspinner are the two stories in the second book in the Shadeborn series. The are the stories of two of the characters from the first book.

The Bloodshade Encounters is about how Lemarick Novel met Baptiste and the nature of their relationship. Throughout the first book, I wondered exactly what Baptiste was and this story finally explains that. It also has a couple twists.

The Songspinner is about Novel’s dad, Salem Cross, and how he met Novel’s mother, as well as how he got the name Salem.

I thought both stories were interesting and a nice supplement to the first book. These characters are unique and I liked learning more about their histories.


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The Potioneer – Shadeborn Series # 3
Pages: 500 pages – Expected Publishing Date: Late May

When humans break a mirror, the idea of seven years of bad luck is little more than superstition. But, when it happens to a magical being like a shade, that quaint old saying takes on a terrifying new reality. As Lily Coltrane looks down at the smashed remains of Lemarick Novel’s mirror, she can already feel that her luck is about to run dry, even though her illusionist boyfriend is certain that he can protect her. With a suicidal Salem Cross on red alert and newly-disabled best friend Jazzy to look after, Lily’s not so sure that Novel is right.

Lily’s suspicions will be confirmed in this, her second year of university, as the quiet English town of Piketon is flooded with a new array of supernatural beings, including Jeronomie Parnell, a gifted potioneer who seems to have solutions for Salem and Jazzy’s conditions. Suspicion fills the air at the old Theatre Imaginique, as Lily uncovers yet more secrets about the people she thought she knew. The question of who to really trust will bombard Lily’s mind, especially after she is introduced to the horror that is the House of Novel, and is forced to question the bloodline that her new true love comes from.

It seems like having a soul mate isn’t quite the ideal that Lily dreamed it would be, and she can only hope that The Book Of Shade will give her the power to get through the trials that she’s about to face. And as for the even greater darkness, slowly rising in the depths of that ruined mirror? Well, that’s quite another story for Lily to unfold.




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clip_image012K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.

As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.


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4 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: The Shadeborn Series by K.C. Finn

  1. k.c.finn May 4, 2015 / 11:14 am

    Thank you so much for the feature and reviews! So pleased that you got into the series as it went along 🙂


    • sleepygirl2 May 4, 2015 / 11:40 am

      I want more! The third book is coming out soon, right?


      • K.C. Finn May 6, 2015 / 6:17 am

        Hopefully at the end of this month if all goes to plan!


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