Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Just outside the Kingdom of Hillael, much has been compromised in the war between KinKades and the Kaebreans. A priceless treasure was taken and revenge must be satisfied. Unfortunately for the many innocent citizens, this has resulted in much pain, suffering, and death. Soon the KinKades transform into the evil and feared beings known only as the Shadows.

Bordering the two warring countries, Hillael has vowed to remain neutral and offered haven to all survivors. Time passed and Hillael prospered as a peaceful nation. Alas, the scheming Rokhana has set his eyes upon the throne and forms a pact with the formidable Shadows. An epic fight of good versus evil will soon begin as Prince Gildeon ascends to the throne and takes the title of King.

I really enjoyed Valley of the Shadows and soon found myself completely immersed. I found it hard to tear myself away to get productive things done such as eating and sleeping. I loved the depth of each character and found myself loving (and sometimes hating) each individual as if I knew them personally. The intricacies and complications of the relations between royalty and their acquaintances were wholly entertaining.

The only downside was my confusion at the inclusion of Claire, Barloe, and Gil. I first thought this was going to be the type of story in which it bounces back and forth between the two story lines, but Claire and the gang seemed to be completely forgotten after that one chapter. To my relief, there is a sequel (coming soon from what I hear, thank goodness) in which I can find out more and have that particular mystery unraveled. Fear No Evil is expected in the spring and I for one, cannot wait.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Amre Cortadino. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.