Magda is a camp follower that hides more
than anyone can ever imagine. Captain Tyric is a soldier in
the army of Asdurah with a past that he runs from but soon
won’t be able to deny. Liam is an elf that with a group of
fellow warriors shadows the camp where Magda and Tyric are
living in for reasons that only Magda can explain. Sadiah is
a healer in Tyric’s camp and his favored companion but she is
much more than she seems or even she suspects. All of
them are more than they appear but soon the disguises will
need to be shed and they will all have to work together if
they want to save the kingdom of Asdurah and solve the murder
of the king.
A Dance of Shadows has a
very interesting plot and all its characters are appealing.
Magda is an interesting woman with unsuspected strength and
power. Tyric and Liam are very striking with their Alpha male
traits and their attraction for each other. All the while,
Sadiah remains a mystery for the large part but her
revelations at the end while not unexpected are arresting.
All in all, A Dance of Shadows is interesting
and Edda Hawkins did a good job with it. However, the plot of
this book was a little too complicated for the length. It
felt like it was missing a lot of the background information
that would have explained the world, the events occurring in
it and how the characters fit into the events. Also, the flow
in the action wasn’t smooth – it seemed to skip the details
that would have lead to an outcome that could be clearly
understood and the myriad of seemingly unrelated sub-plots
were confusing until the very last when they are connected.
In the end, I felt I was unable to get completely involved in
the story because I had to go back and forth in the narrative
to be clear what was happening and the emotions of the
characters and their encounters felt shallow. Still, Edda
Hawkins does a good job of creating an interesting world and
characters that I would have liked to see further explored.
All the same, I look forward to reading future works by Edda
Hawkins as this author shows a lot of promise with her debut
book. A Dance of Shadows is a good fantasy read
for a lazy rainy day.