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BLURB: Shadow Dancer
Sunny has a gift that she has no idea how to use, until she meets Leif, a boy from the kingdom of Acadia, on the other side of the shadows. Leif teaches Sunny about Shadow Walkers and how to use her new found gifts. As they grow closer and their gifts grow stronger, a threat arrives. The Shadow Guard has been sent to bring Sunny back to Acadia, to determine if she is a threat to the king as the rightful ruler of Acadia.
As Leif and Sunny prepare to defend themselves, Sunny finds that Leif has also been sent to bring Sunny back to the kingdom but for very different reasons. As a battle for possession of Sunny wages, she is struggling to come to turns with her feelings of inadequacy regarding controlling her gifts as well as the hurt regarding the lies and deceit of everyone around her.
EXCERPT: Shadow Dancer
“My Lady? I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what else...I think we need to call for help.”
“Where is she? I can’t see her.”
“She’s fine, my Lady. She’s sleeping, right over there. Can you see her?”
“Bring her to me. I want to hold her.”
“My Lady, you have lost too much blood. We need to get you to a hospital or something. Please.”
“Star, it’s already too late. You know it. We can’t call for help. We have to keep her safe. She’s all that’s left. She is worth that and so much more. God, I am so tired. Please bring her to me.”
“Even now Star, after all these years, can’t you just be my friend?”
“I will always be your friend, my Lady, but you will always be my Queen. Even now, even later, that will never change. Here she is. Do you have her?”
“I’ve got her. Please don’t hover over me, Star. I’m alright. Look how beautiful she is. Can you believe Malcolm and I made something so beautiful?”
“Yes, I can. She looks like you. She has your hair, all golden and soft. She has your mouth too. Don’t you think?”
“Yes. Oh God, I want to hold on to her forever. I never want to let her go. Star, you have to promise me that you will keep her safe. Whatever you have to do, you have to keep her safe. Promise me.”
“No, my Lady, we will keep her safe. You and I together.”
“No, Star, this burden will fall to you. You already see the truth of it, right here in front of your eyes. I’m just so tired. Here, you’d better take her. Bye, my baby girl. I love you so.
Star, promise me. You’ve done all you can here. All that is left is her. Malcolm is gone, and I…”
“Stop it! You can’t just give up! Don’t laugh! Can’t you see that it’s tearing me apart? I can’t do this without you.”
“Star, I’m not laughing. I promise you. There just isn’t anything I can do to stop it. You can do this. I believe in you. Star?”
“Yes. My Lady?”
“All right. I promise I will do everything I can to keep her safe.”
“Do you think you will ever return?”
“I don’t know. Everything is changed now. Our whole world has changed.”
“Stay safe. You have always been my very best friend. I don’t know what I would have done without you. Thank you, so much, for everything.”
“Keep her safe...“
Shadow Dancer is a fun, light read with some action, some romance and some kick-butt abilities.
LunaMoth for Far from Reality Reviews